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Away at college? PLAN AHEAD!  Make sure you are registered to vote, allow plenty of time for mailing an absentee ballot application AND the return mailing of the ballot.  Below is basic information you need to know!

You may register to vote in the State of Michigan if you are:

  • 18 years of old or will turn 18 by the date of the next election
  • A U.S. citizen
  • A Michigan resident

The 30 Day Rule
Current law requires you to register to vote 30 days before the date of the election.  If you change your address within 30 days before an election, you can still vote at the polling place of your old address.

About Your Principal Residence

If you are eligible to vote in Michigan, you must identify your “principle residence” in the state. 

  • As a college student, you can choose to register with your campus address, OR the address where you previously resided before moving to campus. 
  • Michigan will only keep one registration address on file, so you must choose whether your home or school address will be your principal residence.

    There are several things to consider in making a decision regarding your principal residence:
  • Residency requirements for various colleges and universities follow rules set down by those institutions so be aware that your residence can determine how much tuition you will pay. 
  • Health insurance may require that you reside with your parents if you are covered under their policy.
  • Your residence may also determine automobile insurance rates.

Because Michigan only keeps one “principal residence address” on record for your driver’s license and your voter registration, if you change one, you’ll change them both!  You can tell where you are expected to vote if your driver’s license is current.

How to Register

  • By visiting any Secretary of State branch or your local city or township clerk’s office.
  • By mail-A registration application is available on-line at www.michigan.gov/vote. PLEASE NOTE: If you register by mail and are voting in Michigan for the first time, you must vote in person but see item No. 4 below for options that can help with this requirement if you are unable to physically vote at your home polling location.

 If You Are Registered, You May Vote By:

  1. Voting at the correct precinct in person on Election Day
  2. Voting in person by absentee ballot at your local clerk’s office, if you will not be present in the precinct on Election Day
  3. If you have voted in Michigan before or if you registered to vote in person, you have until 2:00 p.m. the Saturday prior to Election Day to request that your local clerk mail you an absentee ballot.  Allow plenty of time for the application to be mailed to you, your completed application mailed back to the Clerk’s Office, and then the ballot mailed to you. The Clerk’s Office must receive the completed ballot by Election Day.
  4. If you are a first time Michigan voter, it is possible to appear at another clerk or Secretary of State Office in person to establish your identity and address. You can then request your local clerk to mail you an absentee ballot.  Consider this option only if there is sufficient time for you to receive the ballot and get it back to your clerk by Election Day.  Contact our office if you need to consider this option.

Obtaining an Absentee Ballot
Absentee ballots are usually available 30 days before an election.  If you expect to be absent from the city or township where you are registered to vote for the entire time the polls are open on election day (7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.), you can obtain an absent voter ballot by:

  • Completing a pre-printed application. Visit or call your local clerk’s office.
  • Submitting a written request to your local clerk by mail (see address below), email (jkoger@davisontwp-mi.org) or fax.  Include the following information:
  1. Full Name
  2. Address where you wish to receive your ballot and your current registered address
  3. Date of Election
  4. Reason for the request (i.e. I will be at college, not at home)
  5. Date of birth
  6. Your signature.

Contact Us

By Mail:       Davison Township Municipal Center
                   1280 N Irish Road
                    Davison, MI  48423  

By Phone:    810-653-4156

By Fax:        810-653-2770

By Email:     jkoger@davisontwp-mi.org