CHARLEVOIX COUNTY: Oct. 11 last day to register to vote

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Tuesday Oct. 11, is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 8, Presidential Election.

You may pick up your State of Michigan Voter Registration Application at your local Secretary of State branch office, local county, city, or township clerk’s office, offices of several state agencies like the Department of Human Services, Department of Community Health, and Department of Labor and Economic Growth and Military recruitment centers.

Michigan does allow online voter registration.

To register you will need to confirm that you are a US citizen and will be 18 years old by Nov. 8, and provide your Michigan drivers license or personal ID number.

If you don’t have one, provide the last four digits of your Social Security number.

If you have none of the above, indicate that. In addition you will have to provide your full name and residential address, your gender and date of birth.

If your mailing address is different, provide it and then and sign and date the form.

If you were registered outside of Michigan or with a different name, provide the name and/or address where you were registered.

You will also have to present an official Michigan ID card or driver’s license, or another generally recognized photo ID.

If you don’t have one, you may sign an affidavit instead.

Michigan law states that the same address must be used for voter registration and driver’s license purposes.

That means, if the residence address you provide on the application differs from the address shown on a drivers license or personal identification card issued by the State of Michigan, the Secretary of State will automatically change your drivers license or personal ID card address to match the residence address entered on this form.

If a change is made, the Secretary of State will mail you an address update sticker for your drivers license or personal ID card.

Return the Voter Registration Application to your local city or township clerk by Oct. 11.

You may also download and print the State of Michigan Voter Registration Application from the Michigan Secretary of State web site at www.Michigan.gov/vote.

Complete the above steps and mail or return the Voter Registration Application to your local city or township clerk by Oct. 11.

When registering by mail, if you don’t provide your Michigan drivers license or personal ID number and don’t provide the last four digits of your Social Security number, you must provide a copy of one of the following with your registration or when you vote:
current photo ID, paycheck stub, utility bill, bank statement, or a government document with your name and address.

If you are a first-time Michigan voter who registers to vote by mail or through a voter registration drive, you cannot vote absentee in your first election.

You must vote in person on Election Day.

However, if you register in person at one of the registration locations listed above, you will be able to vote absentee in your first election.

You may check if you are registered to vote on the Michigan Secretary of State web site at www.Michigan.gov/vote.

A sample ballot of your voting precinct and voter precinct location are also available on the Secretary of State website.

Finally, if you have registered but are not on the registration list at the polls on Election Day, you can vote a provisional ballot.

Students may read more about student voting rules in Michigan by going to the Brennan Center for Justice at www.brennancenter.org/analysis/student-voting-guide-michigan.