Voting in 2020

Members of the University of Michigan and Michigan Medicine community who are eligible are encouraged to exercise their right to vote. Nonpartisan conversation and support around voting in the November 3rd election will empower people to make an informed plan to vote, while adhering to public health guidance.

Make A Plan To Vote

Voting information in Michigan

Register. Check your registration status, and get information on your polling location here.  You can register any time up through Election Day, but it is best to register as soon as possible.

Decide how you want to vote.  You can vote absentee or in person.  Given the public health crisis, members of the U-M community are strongly encouraged to vote absentee. 

If voting absentee:

      • Request your ballot early: There are several ways to request a ballot.  Registered voters can request an absentee ballot online before October 30.  All registered voters in Michigan also received an absentee ballot application in the mail.  Alternatively, you can request a ballot from your township or city clerk prior to election day. Michigan now offers accessible absent voter ballots, allowing for eligible voters to use accessible technology to vote their ballot independently. Accessible ballots can be requested by completing the online request form.
      • Return your ballot early: Ballots can be returned by mail, or to your clerk’s office directly.  Voters are encouraged to return absentee ballots as early as possible.
If voting in-person:

Supporting Michigan Medicine patients

For information how to support patients and families exercise their right to vote, download this guide from the Edward Ginsberg Center. 

The guide includes information about:

Get Involved

Be a poll worker

Vote tripling: Now that you’ve made a plan to vote, get three other people to vote, too! Talk with colleagues, friends and family about voting, and support them in making their own plan to vote this fall. 


Sign up to be a poll worker: Nationally, more than two-thirds of jurisdictions reported that it was difficult to obtain a sufficient number of election workers to meet their needs.  Without election workers, polling locations can’t open and people cannot vote.  Serving as an election worker is a paid position, and all workers are trained on proper protocols. You can find out more and sign up online.