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Election Day Information

When Do I Vote?

Election Consolidation Laws went into effect in 2005, establishing three potential election dates each year. Those dates are the fourth Tuesday in February and the first Tuesday after the first Monday in May, August, and November.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Election dates for 2017 are:

  • Tuesday, May 2, 2017
  • Tuesday, November 7, 2017

I'll Be Absent...

If you'll be absent from the community you can request an absentee ballot up until the day before the election. Use the Absentee Ballot page for more information.

Am I Registered?

The Michigan Voter Information Center is very useful in identifying if you are a registered voter. The site will also provide helpful information such as precinct locations and maps, a listing of candidates on the ballot, and a calendar of important election dates.

If you find you are not registered, please visit the voter Registration Information page for more information.

Where Do I Vote?

All voters are assigned a precinct at the time of registration. That precinct location can be found on the voter identification card (see example below). A voter must vote at the precinct assigned to him or her. The ballot provided at that precinct will have all of the representatives of their residence displayed.


If you have misplaced your voter identification card. The Michigan Voter Information Center will provide polling location information. The site will also provide helpful information such as maps, a listing of candidates on the ballot, and a calendar of important election dates. A voter identification card is not required at the polls. It's provided simply as reference.

For a map of your precinct or directions, please visit the District & Precinct Information page for more information. 

What's on the Ballot?

The Michigan Voter Information Center at www.michigan.gov/vote allows you to search for ballot information by jurisdiction and view your sample ballot after searching for your voter registration information. 

How do I Vote?

The City of Kalamazoo uses the M-100 optical scan voting system from Election Systems and Software (ES&S). This system provides a paper trail by providing a paper ballot that a voter completes by filling in ovals. The ballot is then placed into an electronic scanner that tabulates the votes. The paper ballot is retained as a back-up to the electronic tabulation. 

I Need Assistance...

Voters requiring assistance may vote independently by using the AutoMARK ballot marking device. This device is a printer that will mark the voter's ballot after they've made their selections using a touch screen. The device assists voters with mobility, vision, and literacy difficulties. 

Voters may also request assistance from the person of their choice. However, that person may not be the voter's employer or agent of that employer or an officer or agent of a union to which the voter belongs. Two precinct inspectors may also assist the voter.

What Are My Rights?

Michigan Voter Rights and Responsibilities


As a Michigan voter, you have the right to:

  • Be treated with courtesy and respect by the election workers.
  • Vote in private free from interference or intimidation.
  • Review a sample ballot before voting.
  • Review a summary of the state and federal laws which govern voting.
  • Ask for and receive help from the election workers if you are unsure about anything related to casting a ballot.
  • Obtain a replacement ballot if you make a mistake when voting.
  • Obtain an absentee ballot if you are qualified to vote absentee.
  • Vote a provisional ballot if your name does not appear on the registration list and you assert, under oath, that 1) you registered to vote by the registration deadline and 2) you are a resident of the city or township where you are offering to vote.
  • Have your minor child (under age 18) accompany you in the voting station while you vote.
  • Obtain a ballot if in line when the polls close at 8 p.m.
  • Report illegal or fraudulent activity to the local clerk or the Michigan Department of State's Bureau of Elections.



As a Michigan voter, you have a responsibility to:

  • Treat the election workers and other voters with courtesy and respect.
  • Respect the privacy and voting rights of other voters.
  • Request instructions or assistance as needed if you do not know how to use the voting equipment or have other questions about casting a ballot.
  • Be informed about the candidates and proposals on the ballot.
  • Check your ballot to ensure that it accurately reflects your choices.
  • Read and follow all voting instructions.
  • Register at least 30 days before the election.
  • Keep your voter registration information up-to-date with your current address.
  • Follow all federal and state voting laws.
  • Vote in person if you:
  1. Registered by mail, and
  2. have never previously voted in Michigan. (Does not apply to voters who are age 60 or older, disabled or overseas.)
  • Provide identification before voting if you:
  1. Registered by mail,
  2. have never previously voted in Michigan, and
  3. have not already satisfied the identification requirement. (Acceptable ID includes a current and valid photo ID or a paycheck stub, utility bill, bank statement or government document that lists your name and address. Requirement does not apply to voters who are disabled or overseas.)
  • Refrain from campaigning or influencing voters in the polling place.


I've recently moved from another State and am ineligible to vote in Michigan. Can I still vote?

It depends on the State but most will allow you to vote one last time if your move was within 60 days of the election. To verify this information with the State you formerly lived in, visit the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) website for contact information.