How to Vote: 5 Steps for College Students

1.     Register to Vote

Students can register to vote at the Michigan Secretary of State’s office or the local Clerk’s office. Registration forms can be mailed or brought to these offices. No photo identification is required to register to vote. Voters must be registered 28 days before Election Day. Students can register to vote if they will turn 18 before Election Day.

2.     Residency  

In order to register to vote, students must determine voting residency in the place that is “home."  “Home” can be the address of Rochester College or another address that is considered “home” for instance a student’s parent’s address. Also, students can only be registered to vote in one location.

3.     Identification

Voters in Michigan are required to have photo identification with the voter’s name and address on it to vote. Accepted photo identification includes Michigan Driver’s License, student ID with photo from college or university, out-of-state driver’s license and U.S. passport.

4.     Absentee Ballots

Absentee ballots are available 48 days before Election Day for students that are unable to vote in person due to a physical disability or are unable to return to the town or city where they are registered voters. Applications for absentee ballots can be submitted by 2 p. m. on the Saturday before Election Day.

5.     Voting locations

Students must cast the ballots in the precinct they are registered in. This link can help students find polling locations in their precinct: