Making Democracy Work

Register to Vote

How do I register to vote? Where do I register to vote?

Never underestimate the power of the ballot.

One of the greatest strengths of America is that all citizens are provided a voice through the voting booth. And every vote does count! Many an election has been won by a handful of votes or even just one vote.

But before you can vote in an election, you must be registered. Registering to vote is an easy process. In fact, Michigan was the first state in the nation to implement "motor/voter" registration, allowing residents to register to vote at any Secretary of State branch office. Today, over 88 percent of all eligible voters are registered.

How to register to vote

To register:
  • You must be a U.S. citizen,
  • At least 18 years old by election day and
  • A Michigan resident.
  • Any Secretary of State branch office or county, city or township clerk's office can register you.
  • In addition, specified agencies providing services through the Department of Human Services, the Department of Community Health, the Michigan Jobs Commission, and military recruitment centers also provide voter registration services.

  • You may also register to vote by mail + forms are available at your local clerk's office or from the Secretary of State web site.

  • If you register to vote by mail, and you have moved to a new voting jurisdiction or are registering for the very first time, you must vote in person in the first election in which you participate. The only exceptions are if you are 60 years old or older, disabled as defined by law or temporarily living overseas.

  • You also have the option of registering to vote when you renew your driver license by mail. Eligible drivers receive a voter registration application in the mail with their driver license renewal information.

  • You can download an application from the Secretary of State's web's page and mail it in; Voter Application form As you can see, there are several options for you to choose from when registering to vote. But no matter where or how you register, you will vote in your assigned precinct in your hometown.

Help keep America strong + register to vote and then vote on election day.

Who to contact to register to vote

Your City and Township Clerk's Offices
City of Alpena 989 354-1700
Alpena Township 989 356-0297
Green Township 989 379-2398
Long Rapids Township 989 379-2776
Maple Ridge Township 989 356-0791
Ossineke Township 989 727-3028
Sanborn Township 989 471-5138
Wellington Township 989 379-4763
Wilson Township 989 727-3981
Alpena County 989 354-9520

How to check your registration

Michigan Voter Information Center.

Welcome to the Michigan Voter Information Center! This Web site provides you with a vast assortment of information related to voter registration and election administration in Michigan. With this tool you can:

Determine if you are registered to vote Find your polling location Contact your local election official Learn to use your voting equipment Find answers to frequently asked questions

Where do I vote?

Michigan Voter Information Center

Welcome to the Michigan Voter Information Center! This Web site provides you with a vast assortment of information related to voter registration and election administration in Michigan. With this tool you can:

Determine if you are registered to vote Find your polling location Contact your local election official Learn to use your voting equipment Find answers to frequently asked questions

How to vote Absentee

Absentee Ballots Absentee voter ballots are available for all elections. They provide voters with a convenient method for casting a ballot when they are unable to attend the polls on Election Day.

As a registered voter, you may obtain an absentee voter ballot if you are:

age 60 years old or older unable to vote without assistance at the polls expecting to be out of town on election day in jail awaiting arraignment or trial unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence. A person who registers to vote by mail must vote in person in the first election in which he or she participates. The restriction does not apply to overseas voters, voters who are handicapped or voters who are 60 years of age or older. (Voting in person on one governmental level clears the restriction on the other levels. For example, if a voter subject to the restriction votes in person at a school election, the voter would be free to obtain an absentee ballot for the first state election in which he or she wishes to participate.)

Requesting an Absentee Voter Ballot

Download your absent voter ballot request here.. This is a pdf file and may take a little while to load. Send your absentee ballot request form to your local clerk.

Your request for an absentee voter ballot must be in writing and can be submitted to your city or township clerk. (For assistance in obtaining the address of your city or township clerk, click here. Your request must include one of the six statutory reasons stated above and your signature. You must request an absentee voter ballot by mailing the online application, with a letter or post card, or you can obtain a pre-printed application form at your local clerk's office. Requests to have an absentee voter ballot mailed to you must be received by your clerk no later than 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election.

Once your request is received by the local clerk, your signature on the request will be checked against your voter registration record before a ballot is issued. You must be a registered voter to receive an absentee ballot. Requests for absentee voter ballots are processed immediately. Absentee voter ballots may be issued to you at your home address or any address outside of your city or township of residence.

More information

The Internet is a powerful tool in helping you make an informed choice the next time you visit the polls. The sites below are good places to start.
  • Citizens Research Council of Michigan: "The Citizens Research Council of Michigan is a private, not-for-profit public affairs research organization established in 1916 to provide nonpartisan analysis of state and local government organization and finance in Michigan."
  • Congress.org: find your elected officials, stay informed on what they're up to, and let your opinions be heard at Congress.org.
  • MichiganVotes.org: You can check the voting records of your current state level legislators.
  • Alpena County Past Election Results:
  • Project VoteSmart: Helps you get to know your representatives at national and state levels.