How to Vote: Detroit Municipal Elections

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Detroit City Hall, Photo Credit: OldCityPics
Yesterday, we previewed the Detroit Mayoral election. Eight candidates are running to secure one of two spots in the November 8th general election, and the nonpartisan primary election is coming up this Tuesday.The top two vote-getters will advance to the general election. Detroit will also hold primaries for City Clerk and City Council.

Here is some information on how to vote in the Motor City on next week:

Am I registered to vote?

You can check if you are registered to vote here.

I am not registered, can I register before the election?

Unfortunately, no. The voter registration deadline for this election was July 10th

How do I register to vote in future elections?

You can find more information on how to register to vote online here. You will need to pickup an application at a variety of government offices or online. You will need a driver’s license or ID.

Where do I go to vote on Election Day? How do I find my polling place?

Visit this site to find your polling place.

When can I vote?

All polling places in Detroit will be open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm on Election Day. If you are in line by 7:00 pm, you will be allowed to vote. It is too late to vote via absentee ballot, and Michigan does not offer early voting.

Do I need a photo ID to vote in person?

No, but it would make the process quicker. To avoid voting with an affidavit ballot, you must have a photo ID. Your address does not need to be the one listed on your voter registration.

What if I forget to bring my photo ID to the polls? What if I don’t have one?

You can still vote! All you need to do is sign an affidavit and your vote will be counted on Election Day.

By Sam Barder

BallotReady is the only nonpartisan online voter guide that provides personalized, easy-to-use, and accessible information about your ballot. From the top of the ticket to the very bottom, BallotReady helps voters compare candidates based on stances on issues, biography, and endorsements. We make it easy to vote informed on every race and referendum.