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Know Your Voter Rights & Responsibilities

Michigan Voter Rights & Responsibilities



As a Michigan Voter, you have the right to:

* Be treated with courtesy & 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 & 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 8pm.

* 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 the responsibility to:

* Treat the election workers and other voters with courtesy and respect.

* Respect the privacy & voting rights of other voters.

* Satisfy Michigan's voter identification requirement by 1) showing a Michigan driver's license or state ID card 2) showing any other acceptable form of picture ID or 3) signing an affidavit attesting that you

do not have acceptable picture ID with you at the polls. (Other forms of acceptable picture ID include any of the following as long as it is current: a driver's license or state ID card issued by another state,

federal or state government issued photo ID, U.S. passport, military ID card with photo, student ID with photo from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education or tribal ID card with photo.)

* 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 eligible to vote under the Uniformed & Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.)

* Satisfy a federal ID requirement 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 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 eligible to vote under the Uniformed & Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.)

* Refrain from campaigning or influencing voters in the polling place.



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This page last updated on 10/22/2013.
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