Know Your Voting Rights

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Michigan Voter Rights

Polling Place Hours: Polling places are open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

Application: At your polling place on election day, you must fill out an application to vote form showing your name and address.  If you name is then found on the voter list, you have the right to receive a ballot and to vote.

No Identification Required: You do not have to show identification of any kind, including a photo ID, unless you are a first-time voter in Michigan and did not register to vote in person at a government agency.  You do not have to show your voter identification card.

Right to Vote if Your Name is Missing: If your name is not on the voter list at the polling place where you go to vote, you have the right to file a provisional ballot and to be told after the election if your ballot was counted.   You must sign an affidavit saying you are a registered voter in the precinct in which you vote.

Right to Vote Free from Harassment: You have the right to vote without being harassed by anyone, including being asked about child support, debts, or any other matter.  The election officials are obligated to protect you from harassment.

Right to Vote if in Line when Polls Close: If you are standing in line when the polls close at 8 p.m., you have the right to vote.

Right to Instructions and Sample Ballot: You have the right to see a sample ballot and to ask for and receive instructions on all aspects of the voting process.

Right to Assistance: If you are blind, unable to read or right, or otherwise challenged, you have the right to be assisted in the voting booth by a person of your choosing, so long as the person is not your employer, your employer’s agent, or an officer or agent in your union.

Right to Correct Mistakes: You have the right to a new ballot if you make mistakes on your ballot.  If the ballot counting machine rejects your ballot because of errors, you have the right to receive a new ballot and vote again.

Right to Take your Time: You have the right to take as much time as you need.  Your voting time cannot be arbitrarily limited.

Right of Felons to Vote: Felons have the right to vote if not in prison.

Right to Vote if Challenged: Others can challenge your right to vote, based on reliable information that you are ineligible because you are not 18, not a U.S. citizen, or not a resident of the precinct where you are voting.  If you are challenged, an elections inspector will challenge you.  You have the right, after swearing truthfully to the facts of your eligibility, to receive and vote a challenged ballot.

Right to Vote if You Have Moved: If you have moved within 60 days of the election and have not changed your registration, you have the right to vote one last time in the precinct where you are registered, if you have proper identification and fill out a cancellation of your old registration and an application for registration at your new address.

Right to Use a Sample Ballot, Endorsement List, or Slate Card: You have the right to take these into the voting booth.

Right to Vote a Secret Ballot: You have the right to vote a secret ballot.