Top Ten Voting Tips

from the Michigan League for Public Policy

The election is less than a month away, and voting is one of the most important and effective ways for you to shape public policy. Unfortunately, voting can still be challenging and intimidating for some. Here are some tips that can make voting a little easier:

  1. Make sure you’re registered to vote. If you aren't registered, you have until tomorrow, October 11, to register to vote.

  2. Find out where you vote and make sure your polling place hasn’t changed.

  3. Make a plan to vote. Thinking about what time of day you’ll go and how you’ll get there ahead of time makes you much more likely to vote.

  4. Don’t be late, be there by 8. The polls close at 8:00 p.m., but if you are in line at 8:00 p.m., you will be allowed to vote.

  5. You can view your ballot now.

  6. You can bring your kids to the polls. Don’t let a lack of child care prevent you from voting.

  7. Although still a little complicated, college students can choose where they vote—back home or at school.

  8. Bring photo ID, but you still have the right to vote without one. If you forget to bring a photo ID to the polls or do not have one, you are still allowed to vote by asking to sign an affidavit of identity.

  9. You may be eligible to vote absentee. If you will be out of town on Election Day or will not be able to make it to the polls because of illness, disability, or religious beliefs, you can vote absentee. You can also vote by absentee for any reason if you are age 60 years old or older.

  10. Individuals with a criminal record can still vote, including convicted felons who have served their time or those who are on probation or parole. 

Voting is your right! Exercise it! Learn more at