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Michigan's Election Dates

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Recent and Upcoming Election Dates And Deadlines

This page contains dates and deadlines information on elections occurring in Michigan.

Election dates and deadlines vary by locality. Please be advised that these dates are updated regularly but are subject to scheduling changes at the local level.

Please contact your local election office for more detailed information about the laws concerning election dates,poll hours,poll locations, voter id requirements,absentee voting, voter registration, name or address changes that would apply in your case.

2017 Election Dates & Deadlines

2017 November 7 General Election -- Date: November 7,2017

October 10, 2017 :Last day to register for election.
November 4, 2017 :Electors who wish to receive an absent voter ballot for election by mail submit applications.
November 7, 2017 :Emergency absentee voting for election.

2018 Election Dates & Deadlines

2018 August 7 Primary Election -- Date: August 7,2018

July 9, 2018 :Last day to register for August primary
August 4, 2018 :Electors who wish to receive an absent voter ballot for the August primary by mail submit absent voter ballot applications By 2:00 p.m.
August 7, 2018 :Emergency absentee voting for August primary.

2018 November 6 Gubernatorial Election -- Date: November 6,2018

September 22, 2018 :Delivery of military and overseas AV ballots must begin for the November election by this date. All requests received since November 7, 2017 from a military or overseas voter must be honored for all 2018 elections.
October 9, 2018 :Last day to register for November general election.
November 3, 2018 :Electors who wish to receive an absent voter ballot for the November general election by mail submit absent voter ballot applications By 2:00 p.m
November 6, 2018 :Emergency absentee voting for November general election Up to 4:00 p.m.

Good To Know


Laws, rules, and procedures in State and local elections may differ depending on the type of election.

General Elections

General elections have the most offices and issues on the ballot and usually generate more interest and higher turnout than any other elections. Most offices on the general election ballot are partisan.

Primary and Caucus

Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for the next general election. The main difference between a caucus and a primary is that a caucus involves face-to-face interaction between voters, where voters can try to persuade one another to vote for (or against) a certain candidate.

Municipal Elections

In municipal elections, registered voters elect members of their local government, such as mayors, council people, township supervisors and district judges.

School Elections

School elections are held to elect school board members and community college directors

Special Elections

A special election is held when someone who is already in office can no longer serve and must be replaced. All registered voters in the district can vote in a special election.

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