Michigan ID requirements for voting by mail

COVID-19 Advisory: Michigan has mailed absentee ballot applications to all registered voters for the August primary, and will also do so for the November general election. All new registrants will also receive absentee ballots applications.

Who is eligible to request an absent voter ballot and vote by mail?

Any eligible and registered Michigan voter may apply for an absent voter ballot. No excuse is required. You can request an absent voter ballot at the same time you register. Once your request is received by the local clerk, your signature on the request will be checked against your voter registration record before a ballot is issued.

Voter Registration

First-time voters who have not voted in a previous federal election, or who have never voted in their county of residence in a federal election, AND who did not provide either a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number at the time of registration, must present documentation proving their identity in order to complete their voter registration. First time voters who are voting in person must present this documentation at the polls. First time voters who are voting by mail/absentee ballot must enclose a copy of such documentation with their ballot request or ballot. This is required under the federal Help America Vote Act, enacted in 2002.

Do you need to submit ID with your absent voter ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see Voter Registration section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match your voter registration signature.

Last update: April 15, 2020

Hannah Piercey

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