New Rights for Michigan Voters
A Michigan resident who moves and registers out of state may not re-register to vote in Michigan until he or she reestablishes residency here. Whenever you move to a new city or township, you must re-register to vote. If you move within a city or township, you must update your address. This can be handled through your local clerk, at a Secretary of State Branch office, or by mail. Michigan voters must use the same residential address for voter registration and driver license purposes. Consequently, if you submit a driver license address change, it will be applied to your voter registration and a new card will be mailed out. Similarly, if you submit a voter registration form to the Clerk’s Office with an address change, a sticker from the Secretary of State’s Office will be sent to you to apply to the back of your Driver’s License.
Voting for the Disabled
Federal and state laws require every city and township to provide accessible registration and voting locations for voters who are disabled.
If you require special access, contact the clerk’s office ahead of time to make sure your voting site is free of obstruction. If your precinct is not accessible, the clerk will direct you to a nearby site that is accessible.
If you require voting assistance, ask the election workers for help; a reason for the needed assistance does not have to be stated. Two inspectors will assist you in the voting station. An elector who is blind, disabled, or unable to read or write may be assisted with his or her ballot by any person of the voter’s choice, except the following: the voter’s employer or agent of that employer, or an officer or agent of a union to which the voter belongs.
For more information, contact your city clerk at 517-264-4866 or 517-264-4833.
Voter Assist Terminal
- All states are required to provide voting equipment which permits residents with disabilities to vote a secret ballot without assistance.
- All Michigan polling places are equipped with at least one Voter Assist Terminal (VAT).
- The VAT machine is placed on a table with a privacy screen around the monitor to ensure the secrecy of the ballot.
- The machine is equipped with a touch screen to select your choices.
- Also provided is an audio version with headphone’s to use with a hand held controller with Braille features for the disabled.
- There is also a printer attached to print the ballot. The ballot printed and then returned to the correct precinct to be tabulated.
The VAT does not count votes. Its primary use is to assist in the voting process to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote.
Any voter may use the VAT.