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Plan Your Vote: General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 3

The Nov. 3 general election will be here before you know it. We’ve compiled the tools and resources below to help you get ready for election day. With options to vote by mail, vote early, and vote in person, it’s more important than ever to plan ahead and prepare to cast your ballot. To prepare for the upcoming election, view the Chamber’s bipartisan endorsements for the general election, discover opportunities to volunteer during the election, and review the below resources to ensure you are prepared to cast your ballot.


General Election Tuesday, Nov. 3


Michigan Absentee Ballots

 A ballot must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Night to be counted.

  • In-Person: Received 1 day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 4 days before Election Day. Didn’t mail it in time? No problem. You can drop them off at your city clerk’s office.
  • Online: N/A
  • Due: Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3
  • Rules: Any registered Michigan voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

How To Get An Absentee Ballot In Michigan

  1. Use this Absentee Ballot Tool to prepare your application.
  2. Sign and date the form. This is very important.
  3. Return your completed application to your local election office as soon as possible. We’ll provide the mailing address for you.
  4. All Local Election Offices will accept mailed or hand-delivered forms. Your Local Election Official will also let you fax or email the application.
  5. Double-check the deadlines and be sure to cast your voted ballot on time to be sure it is counted.
  6. Please contact your local election office if you have any further questions about the exact process.

Once You Receive Your Absentee Ballot

  1. Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
  2. Sign and date where indicated.
  3. You may submit your absentee ballot in the mail or in-person to your local clerk’s office or dropbox.

State of Michigan Links


More resources from the Chamber:


MPC20 Conversations Podcast with Ian Conyers, Former State Senator and John Truscott, CEO and Principal, Truscott Rossman

Former State Senator Ian Conyers and John Truscott, CEO of Truscott Rossman, offer important insight from from both sides of the aisle as we head into a critical election.


What to Expect on Election Night with Brad Williams

Detroit Regional Chamber Vice President of Government Relations Brad Williams discusses what we can expect to unfold on election night. Learn more about the ballot counting process and the possible timelines for when official election results will be announced.


MPC20 Conversations Podcast with Jocelyn Benson, Michigan Secretary of State

The 2020 election will determine leadership for much of government as we rebuild our state and country. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson discusses how voting has changed, increasing voter turnout, and what you need to know now about planning your vote. Listen to the podcast below.