Who Is Eligible To Vote?
Who is eligible to vote in Michigan?
- A United State citizen
- At least 18 years of age by Election Day.
- A resident of the township in which you are applying to register.
- Registered to vote at least 30 days prior to election.
- You cannot be confined in jail after being convicted and sentenced.
When is the last date that I can register to vote for the next election?
To be eligible to vote for the next election you must register to vote at least 30 days prior to the election.
Does everyone have to register to be eligible to vote?
Yes, registration is required under Michigan law to be eligible to vote.
Do I need to re-register to vote?
Registration in this state is considered permanent, so you do not need to re-register for each election. You need to re-register anytime you move and change your address or when you change your name. Re-registration is also necessary if for any reason your registration has been cancelled and it cannot be reinstated.
I am a first-time voter. Is there anything special I need to know?
If you have never voted in Michigan and register by mail, you must appear in person to vote in the first election in which you wish to participate. This requirement does not apply if (1) you personally hand deliver the mail registration form to your county, city or township clerk's office instead of mailing the form (2) you are 60 years of age or more (3) you are disabled or (4) you are eligible to vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.
If you have never voted in Michigan and register by mail, you may also be subject to a new identification requirement provided under federal law. The identification requirement is explained on the mail-in registration form.
What if I am outside the U.S?
If you are temporarily outside the U.S., you may use a Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) form to register. The FPCA forms are distributed through U.S. embassies and military bases. A Michigan resident who moves and registers out of state may not re-register to vote in Michigan until he or she reestablishes residency here.
How do I to know if I reside in the Township of Green Oak Charter Township?
You can call the City Clerk's Office at 810-231-1333 ext. 117 or check the Michigan Voter Information Center. If you have one, you can also check your voter registration card.
Can I register to vote at the polls on Election Day and then be able to cast my ballot?
No, you cannot register at the polls, you must have registered to vote at least 30 days prior to the election date in order to vote.
How do I find out if I am already registered to vote in Green Oak Charter Township?
You should call the Township Clerk's Office at 810-231-1333 ext. 117 or check the Michigan Voter Information Center.
Do I need to re-register if I have moved away and moved back?
If you have moved to another community and registered to vote there, you will need to re-register to vote. If you have moved away for a long period of time and did not register to vote in that community you may wish to check with the local clerk’s office to see if you are still registered to vote.
I have moved within the city limits but I didn't change my registration, can I still vote? If so, where do I vote?
Yes, you can still vote but you must vote at the precinct location for your registered address. You should fill out a change of address form at your old precinct to receive a new voter registration card in the mail showing you your new ward and precinct number and new voting location.
What if I change my address?
If you move within your city, township or village, a change of address should be made with your local clerk or at a Secretary of State Branch Office. If you have not completed a change of address prior to Election Day, you will not lose your right to vote. A change of address card will be completed at the polling place when you vote.
If you move outside your city, township or village, a change of address should be made at a Secretary of State Branch Office. The change of address may be made by mail as well as in person. If you moved within 60 days of the election, and you have not re-registered at the new address, you can vote at the polling location for your previous address.
What if my name changes?
Any name change due to marriage or legal action may be reported to the clerk by:
- At the Secretary of State Branch Office
- A person changing name should re-register, but may vote under their former name.