Michigan Department of State
Bureau of Elections
Notice to Voters: New Voter Identification Requirement in Effect
Due to a recent court ruling, every Michigan voter who offers to vote in the polls must comply with the requirement by showing picture identification or signing an affidavit attesting that he or she is not in possession of picture identification. (See MCL 168.523 for picture identification requirement)
Voters with picture identification: Voters can satisfy the picture identification requirement by showing a Michigan driver's license or a Michigan personal identification card.
Voters who do not possess either document may show any of the following forms of picture identification as long as they are current:
- Driver's license or personal identification card issued by another state.
- Federal or state government-issued photo identification.
- U.S. Passport.
- Military identification card with photo.
- Student identification with photo from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education.
- Tribal identification card with photo.
Voters without picture identification: Michigan election law anticipates that not all voters will have picture identification. Voters who do not bring picture identification to the polls or do not possess picture identification can vote like any other voter by signing an affidavit.
Questions regarding the picture identification requirement can be directed to the clerk's office.
For more election related information, visit www.michigan.gov/vote
APPEALS COURT SAYS NO TO MASS MAILINGS OF AV BALLOT APPLICATIONS
The Michigan Court of Appeals in Taylor v. Currie ruled this week that local units of government have no statutory authority to mail Absentee Voter (AV) applications to qualified voters within their community unless the voter specifically requests the application verbally or in writing. This ruling puts an end to a very common practice across the state where clerks mail AV applications to all registered voters in their community who are qualified to receive an AV ballot based on their age. In the decision, the court stated: “As for whether mass mailing of unsolicited ballot applications is implicitly authorized by statute, we conclude that it is not.” The case was an appeal of a Wayne County Circuit Court decision where the courts barred the Detroit City Clerk from mailing AV applications prior to the 2005 Detroit city election.
The Appeals Court decision affirms the actions of the Wayne Circuit Court, but may contradict a Macomb County Circuit Court decision that found a year later that the county clerk had the right to mailout applications in areas where the township or city clerk did not make use of the now banned activity.
MTA expects a legislative response to this court decision. In the mean time, if you wish to receive an absentee ballot application by mail, please contact the clerk's office to be placed on that list. You could also email the clerk at email@example.com
An election may be held on one of the following election dates:
(a) The February regular election date, which is the fourth Tuesday in February.
(b) The May regular election date, which is the first Tuesday after the first Monday in May.
(c) The August regular (primary) election date, which is the first Tuesday after the first Monday in August.
(d) The November regular (general) election date, which is the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
This is from the election law MCL 168.641 ammended and effective September 22, 2005. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Clerk's office at 734-665-7583 or firstname.lastname@example.org.