Lansing, Michigan Voter Center

FAQs

Find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below. If you still need help, you can reach us by email at city.clerk@lansingmi.gov or phone at (517) 483-4131.

Election Day Voting

When are the polls open on election day?

Polls open on election day at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. You will be allowed to vote after 8 p.m. as long as you are in line by 8 p.m.

Is transportation provided on election day?

The local transportation system, CATA (517-394-1000), will provide free rides on election day upon showing your voter registration card.

Is there assistance available at the precincts?

If you need help in voting you can request assistance from a poll worker.

Can someone else assist me in voting other than pollworkers?

You can have anyone assist you to vote except a representative of your union or your employer.

Are the voting precincts handicap accessible?

All precincts in the City of Lansing are handicap accessible.

Will I need to bring any identification on election day?

Every voter will be asked for Photo Identification. If you do not have ID with you when you vote, you will be required to sign an affidavit of voter not in possession of ID. 

Can I register to vote on election day and then vote?

Yes, if you register to vote in person at your Township or City Clerk’s Office with proof of residency in that Township or City.

For City of Lansing residents we have two locations: City Hall and our Election Unit located at 2500 S Washington.

Voters who register to vote on election day have the option of voting an absentee ballot at the clerk’s office – or they can receive a receipt and vote at their precinct in person.

Information for Voters

Am I registered to vote? Where do I go on election day?

You can use the Secretary of State’s Voter Information Center to search for voters’ information by name or driver’s license number. Or look at this map to find your precinct number and polling location . For more information on registering to vote, check out the Register to Vote page. 

I’m not registered, or I need to change my information (address, name change, etc.). What do I do? 

Go to this page to find out how to register or change your information. 

What will my ballot look like?

Check out the Secretary of State’s Michigan Voter Information Center to see a sample ballot. Be sure to select your correct County, City, and Precinct, and check back often to see if there are updates. The website also provides links to more information, including proposal and candidate websites and campaign finance information.

Who is running for office?

You can check out the League of Women Voters’ online tool, the Vote411 Voter Guide, to see who will be on your ballot in November. 

How can I find out about past election results?

Check out either the Ingham County Clerk or Eaton County Clerk for election results!

Voter Registration

Who is eligible to vote in Michigan?

In order to vote in Michigan, you must meet the following requirements:

– A United States citizen
– At least 18 years of age by Election Day
– A resident of the City of Lansing or city or township in which you are applying to register
– You cannot vote while serving your sentence. 

Does everyone have to register to be eligible to vote?

Registration is required under Michigan law to be eligible to vote.

Do I need to re-register to vote?

Registration in Michigan is considered permanent, so you do not need to re-register for each election. You need to re-register anytime you move and change your address or when you change your name.

I am a first-time voter. Is there anything special I need to know?

Eligible citizens may become registered to vote in a variety of ways, at any time through Election Day.  Individuals who register to vote within the 14-day period immediately preceding an election must appear in person at their city or township clerk’s office and provide proof of residency. 

Individuals using any other method must register to vote at least 15 days before Election Day and are not required to provide proof of residency.  Other methods of registration include an application obtained at one of the following locations: 

  • Your local Secretary of State branch office 
  • Your local county, city, or township clerk’s office
  • Offices of several state agencies, like the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Community Health, and the Department        of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
  • Military recruitment centers
  • Voter registration drives
  • Online at http://www.Michigan.gov/sos

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 driver’s license or personal identification card issued by the state of Michigan, the Secretary of State will automatically change your driver’s 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 driver’s license or personal ID card.

 

What if I am outside the US?

If you are temporarily outside the US, you may use a Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) form to register. The FPCA forms are distributed through U.S. embassies and military bases, or you can go to www.fvap.gov/michigan to get more information and register online. 

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.

How do I know if I reside in the City of Lansing?

You can call the City Clerk’s Office at 517-483-4133 or check the Michigan Voter Information Center at michigan.gov/vote

Can I register to vote at the polls on Election Day, and then be able to cast my ballot?

No, you cannot register at the polls, but you can register in person at your Township or City Clerk’s Office with proof of residency in that Township or City up to and including Election Day. If you choose, you can also vote in the clerk’s office.  You can also register to vote until 15 days before an election by mail, online, or in person.

How do I find out if I am already registered to vote in the City of Lansing?

You should call the Lansing City Clerk’s Office at 517-483-4133 or check the Michigan Voter Information Center at michigan.gov/vote.

Do I need to re-register if I have moved away and moved back?

If you have moved to another community and registered to vote there, you will need to re-register to vote. If you moved and did not register to vote in that community, you can call the Clerk’s Office at 517-483-4133 or check your voter registration status by visiting the Michigan Voter Information Center at michigan.gov/vote.

I have moved within the city limits but I didn’t change my registration, can I still vote? If so, where do I vote?

You can still vote.  You can either vote at the precinct location for your registered address or come to one of the City Clerk’s Offices, located at 2500 S. Washington or 124 W. Michigan Ave, 9th Floor, and register at your new address. 

What if I change my address?

If you move within the City of Lansing, a change of address should be made with the Clerk’s Office, at a Secretary of State Branch Office, or by visiting ExpressSOS.com. If you have not completed a change of address prior to Election Day, you will not lose your right to vote. A voter registration form can be completed at the precinct to register at your new address for the next election.

If you move outside the City of Lansing, a change of address should be made at your new Local Clerk’s Office, a Secretary of State Branch Office, or by visiting ExpressSOS.com

What if my name changes?

Any name change due to marriage or legal action may be reported to the Clerk’s Office or at the Secretary of State Branch Office. A person changing their name should re-register, but may vote under their former name.

Absentee Voting on Election Day

Can you receive an absentee ballot on election day?

Normally, you cannot vote an absentee ballot on election day. However, if an emergency has occurred, such as you have been hospitalized on election day, or sickness or death has occurred in your family which will not allow you to go to the polls, you can receive an emergency absentee ballot. You will need to contact our office if this has occurred.

Prop 3 of 2018 also changed voter registration law so that a voter can register and vote up to and including election day.  Those voters who need to register to vote on election day may do so at either our City Hall or Election Unit office.  Those voters may also vote an absentee ballot while they are there – or be issued a receipt to go and vote in their precinct. 

Can I drop off my absentee ballot at my voting precinct?

No, you cannot drop off your absentee ballot at your voting precinct. You must bring your absentee ballot to the City Clerk’s Office, the South Washington Office, or place it in one of the secure drop-boxes that are located outside both offices, before the polls close.

Can I vote at my voting precinct after I have received an absentee ballot?

Yes, in order to do so, you must take your absentee ballot to your voting precinct. The poll worker will then void your ballot, and then you may vote in a normal manner.

Absentee Ballots

I will be absent on election day, can I still vote?

Yes, you can register to vote by absentee ballot by calling your local clerks office 517-483-4133, or come to the City Clerk’s Office on 9th floor of City Hall, 124 West Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933, to obtain an application form to receive an absentee ballot. 

We also have an elections office that is open 40 days before the election at 2500 South Washington Avenue, Lansing, MI, 48910, or you can call us at 517-483-4485.

What is an absentee ballot?

An absentee ballot is for people who are registered to vote but are unable to attend the polls on election day.

I registered to vote by mail. Can I vote absentee?

Anybody registered to vote is eligible to vote by absentee ballot. You can register and receive an absentee ballot in the mail, or pick up an absentee ballot at the clerk’s office, or vote in person at your polling place on Election Day.

Who is eligible to receive an absentee ballot?

Any registered voter is eligible to receive an absentee ballot.

How can I apply for an absentee ballot?

You can pick up the application for an absentee ballot by stopping into our office at office on the 9th floor of City Hall, 124 West Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI, 48933 to apply or print online here or call Lansing City Clerk’s office at 517-483-4133 to request an application for an absentee ballot. You can also write to your local clerk requesting an absentee ballot.

We also have an elections office that is open 40 days before the election at 2500 South Washington Avenue, Lansing, MI, 48910, or you can call us at 517-483-4485.

How soon do I need to request an absentee ballot?

You can request an absentee ballot up to 75 days before the election. The latest we can mail your ballot will be the Friday before the election. As this date is close to the election, it may be best to come to our office to request and vote your absentee ballot. Our South Washington office will be open the Saturday and Sunday before each election.

How can I be put on the Permanent Absentee Application List?

You can click here.

I’m in the military service or overseas. How can I vote?

You can contact your commanding officer and receive a Federal Post Card Registration and Absentee Ballot (FPCA). 

If you are a citizen overseas you can contact your Consulate Office. 

You can also go to www.fvap.gov/michigan to get more information on military and overseas voting, along with requesting your ballot.

Can I come to your office to return my absentee ballot?

Yes, you can come into the City Clerk’s Office on the 9th floor of City Hall to return your absentee ballot prior to election day. You can also come to our office at 2500 South Washington Avenue, Lansing, MI, 48910, which will be open 40 days prior to the election.

We also have 24 hour secure drop boxes at both locations. City Hall’s drop box is located just outside the main entrance.  The South Washington Election Unit’s Drop Box is located on the north side of the building.  

Coming Soon!  More drop box locations across the city.

Can an absentee ballot be sent to a Post Office Box?

Yes, we can mail your absentee ballot to your Post Office Box. 

Can anyone drop off my absentee ballot?

No, only an immediate family member, a person residing in the same household, or an assistant of the clerk may deliver your absentee ballot to the Clerk’s Office.

What are the hours that I can cast my absentee ballot in your office?

Click here for office hours. 

I made a mistake on my absentee ballot. Can I receive another absentee ballot?

If you spoil your ballot in any way, you can receive another absentee ballot by calling our office at 517-483-4133 or by coming in person. We will void your old absentee ballot, and then issue you a new one. If you submit your ballot before the election and before 4 PM Monday prior to the election. We will need a written request. 

When is the last day an absentee ballot can be mailed from your office?

The latest an absentee ballots can be mailed is the Friday before any election. As this date is close to the election date, you may wish to come to our office at 2500 South Washington Avenue, Lansing, MI, 48910, to vote. We will be open the Friday and Saturday before each election.

When is the last day and time an absentee ballot can be dropped off?

Absentee ballots can be dropped off in the City Clerk’s Office on election day. Keep in mind that this will have to reach the city clerk board by 8 p.m., or it will not be counted.

When is the last day that I can get an absentee ballot in your office?

The last day you can get an absentee ballot in our City Hall or South Washington office is the day before an election by 4 p.m. You must come in person and vote, as your ballot cannot be given to anyone else.