Got a voting plan yet? Now’s the time

August 24, 2020

The election for U.S. president is coming up fast on November 3.

Never voted before? No worries. We’re here to help you get the information you need to make the experience seamless.

How to register 

It’s easy to register to vote in Michigan or your home state at You can sign up for text and email reminders about important deadlines, find out where to vote, and apply for an absentee ballot.

Not sure if you’re registered? Check your status. There’s no penalty for re-registering if you’re unsure.

In most states, you can register online to vote. If instead you're mailing in your application to vote or get an absentee ballot, you can request a stamp and envelope through U-M. Your information will not be shared with anyone else.

Will you vote in person or remotely?

It’s best to decide now to make sure your vote gets counted in time.

If you’re voting in Michigan, you don’t need an excuse to vote with an absentee ballot — and if you run out of time, you are still allowed to vote in person on Election Day (even if you hadn’t yet registered)! But not all state rules are the same. Check the voting rules in the state where you’ll cast your vote.

Although voting by mail is a good option, your timing matters. Make sure you mail your absentee ballot at least two weeks before election day or drop it off before 8 p.m. at the clerk where you’re registered. 

Earn class credit learning about the issues

From “Identity Politics in Art and Design” to “Election Cybersecurity,” there are numerous courses offered with this semester’s theme of debate and democracy.

See what’s being offered.   

Don’t forget to get counted 

Filling out the 2020 Census helps determine funding in your area for education, transportation, health care and more, and receiving equitable representation in Congress — and it only takes a few minutes online. You can respond by September 30 regardless of your political affiliation, housing, or immigration status.

Watch this space for even more ways to get engaged in the 2020 primary election in the coming weeks. For more information on how to register, learn about candidates, and vote, see our elections guide.

Last updated: Sept. 3, 2020


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