Got a voting plan yet? Now’s the time

August 24, 2020

Last updated: October 22, 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.

How to register 

In Michigan, you can still register and vote in the coming election by stopping by your city clerk's office with proper identification anytime before 8 pm on Election Day. The deadline to register online in the state has passed.

Why wait? Stop by the pop-up Ann Arbor clerk's office at UMMA any Monday thru Saturday now through Election Day from 10 am–7 pm. You're allowed to visit there to register and vote under the undergraduate stay-in-place order, and they have COVID-19 protections in place.

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

Will you vote in person or remotely?

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. At this point, you should drop off your absentee ballot at the clerk where you’re registered now through 8 pm on November 3 to make sure your vote is counted.

When do mail-in ballots get processed?

It differs by state, which means we might not know on election night who's been elected. See when absentee and mail-in ballots get counted in your state.

Get informed

Learn more about the issues at stake in the 2020 election and get engaged with these free events, exhibits, and resources from the library and around campus.

“Youths on the Selma March,” 1965 photo by Bruce Davidson, used on the 2005 "To Form a More Perfect Union" postage stamp


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