VOTE: Election 2020
Michigan
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Voting

VOTING IN PERSON

Poll Times
7 a.m. - 8 p.m.


ID Requirements
Photo identification is required:

Michigan driver’s license
Michigan personal ID card
Driver’s license or personal ID card issued by another state
Federal or state government-issued photo ID
U.S. passport
Military ID card
Student ID from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education
Tribal ID card

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VOTE BY MAIL

Can I vote by mail in Michigan?
Yes! All voters will be sent a mail-in ballot application, or you can apply online.

Can I submit an application online?
Yes, just tap the button below.

What's the deadline to request a mail-in ballot?
Your request must be received by 5pm on October 30th. If you’re already registered at your current address, you can request a ballot in person at your local election office anytime up to 4 p.m. on Nov. 2nd.

What's the deadline to submit my ballot?
Your mail-in ballot must be received by your local election office by 8 p.m. on Election Day (Nov. 3).

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EARLY VOTING

Early voting
Sept. 21 (Michigan permits early voting in the form of in-person absentee voting)

MILITARY OR VOTING OVERSEAS

Members of the military, their families, and US citizens living overseas can request a ballot to vote from anywhere in the world.

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Get Ready to Vote
General Election
November 3
ELECTION DAY

To vote in your state, make sure you’re registered. Here are some important deadlines:

The deadline for online/mail registration is 10/19.

The deadline for in-person registration is 11/3.

Your state allows any qualified resident to register to vote and cast a ballot on Election Day.

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What's on my ballot?

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Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the 46th president of the United States, assuming office on January 20, 2021.

He won the 2020 presidential election on November 3, 2020, with 306 electoral votes. Biden launched his campaign for president of the United States on April 25, 2019. He announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020.

Biden was the 47th vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017.

He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On January 12, 2017, Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.

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Vice President of the United States

Biography

Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.

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U.S. Senate Michigan

Biography

Gary Peters (Democratic Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from Michigan. He assumed office on January 6, 2015. His current term ends on January 3, 2027.

Peters (Democratic Party) ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent Michigan. He won in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Peters was elected to the Senate in 2014. On May 1, 2013, Peters announced he would seek election to the United States Senate seat that was being vacated in 2014 by retiring Michigan Sen. Carl Levin. Peters ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 5, 2014, before he defeated Terri Lynn Land (R), Jim Fulner (Libertarian), Richard Matkin (U.S. Taxpayers), and Chris Wahmhoff (Green) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Peters was previously a member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Michigan's 9th Congressional District from 2009 to 2013 and Michigan's 14th Congressional District from 2013 to 2015. He also served as Commissioner of the Michigan Lottery from 2003 to 2007.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Peters is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

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Initiatives

Michigan Proposal 1
Use of State and Local Park Funds Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports making changes to how revenue in the state's park-related funds can be spent, including (a) making projects to renovate recreational facilities eligible for grants and (b) requiring that at least 20% of the parks endowment fund spending be spent on park capital improvements, and (c) removing the cap on the size of the natural resources trust fund.

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A "no" vote opposes making changes to how revenue in the state's park-related funds can be spent, thus (a) continuing to prohibit projects to renovate recreational facilities from receiving grants and (b) continuing to not require a specific amount of the parks endowment fund spending to be spent on park capital improvement projects, and (c) keeping the cap on the size of the natural resources trust fund.

Michigan Proposal 2
Search Warrant for Electronic Data Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports this constitutional amendment to require a search warrant to access a person's electronic data and electronic communications.

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A "no" vote opposes this constitutional amendment to require a search warrant to access a person's electronic data and electronic communications.