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
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As a Michigan voter, you have the right to:
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As a Michigan voter, you have a responsibility to:
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.