September 19 is National Voter Registration Day: All you need to know to vote
September 19 marks National Voter Registration Day across the United States. If you’re able to vote in Indiana or Michigan, keep reading to make sure you’re ready for Election Day on November 7. You can also visit Vote 411 for more information.
How to register in Indiana:
If you haven’t registered already, visit the Indiana Voter Portal to register. There, you can also check if you’re already registered.
The General Election is on November 7, 2023. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time. Information about where to vote, who’s on your ballot and more can be found in the voter portal.
Before you head to the polls for in-person voting, make sure you bring all the necessary items. Indiana’s Photo ID Law tells you exactly what you need to bring on November 7.
Voters interested in casting ballots before November 7 have three ways to do so.
Early, in-person voting opens October 11 and closes at noon on November 6. All voters registered in Indiana can vote early. You must bring a valid photo ID with you. Contact your county clerk’s office to find early voting locations.
Only certain registered voters can vote by mail before the November General Election. Among many examples, this includes those with a disability, who are at least 65 years old or have a reasonable explanation as to why they can’t be in the county to vote in person on Election Day. Click here to check if you’re eligible.
Other voters can vote through a travel board, meaning a poll worker from each major party will come to your house and help you fill out the ballot. Those eligible to get a travel board are either ill or injured, are caring for someone who will be confined at home on Election Day or have a disability that their polling place doesn’t accommodate.
Voters with print disabilities
Voters with print disabilities and cannot mark a paper ballot on their own have a couple options when it comes to early voting. A new tool from Democracy Live lets voters with a print disability vote using their own assistive technology and submit a ballot through email. Click here for a video demonstration on how to use Democracy Live's voting option.
If you have a disability and want to vote this way, you must apply for an absentee ballot no later than October 26. Find the application on this webpage.
How to register in Michigan:
If you aren't registered to vote in Michigan, visit the Department of State's website to do so. You can also check the site to see if you're already registered.
Voters in Michigan also have the option of registering on Election Day. To register, bring proof of residency to your city or township clerk's office. Proof of residency documents include a Michigan driver's license or ID, a bank statement, utility bill, paycheck or another government document that shows your name and current address. Digital copies of documents are acceptable.
The General Election is on November 7, 2023. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time. Information about where to vote, who’s on your ballot and more can be found on the Michigan Voter Information webpage. You can also find information on accessible day-of voting.
When voting, you should bring an ID to check in. If you don't have an ID, you can still vote. A poll worker will have you sign a form explaining that you don't have an ID, but your ballot will still be counted as all others on Election Day. The following forms of ID will be accepted when checking in:
- Michigan driver's license or ID
- Driver's license or other ID card from another state
- Federal or state government photo ID
- U.S. passport
- Military ID (with photo)
- Student ID (with photo) from a high school or other accredited institution
- Tribal ID (with photo)
If you're registering for an absentee ballot, officials recommend making the ballot request in personwithin two weeks of Election Day to avoid postal delays. Ballots can be requested and filled out at your local city or township clerk office until 4 p.m. on November 6.
If you can't fill out an absentee ballot in person, you can do one of the following:
- Request an absentee ballot using the absentee request form before 5 p.m. the Friday before the election (in this case, before 5 p.m. on November 3)
- Call your city or township clerk to get an application mailed to you
- Download an application to return in person or by mail to your city or township clerk
Emergency absent voter ballot
If you have a sudden emergency that keeps you from the polls on November 7, you can request an emergency absentee ballot after the deadline to request a regular absentee ballot (5 p.m. on November 3) but before 4 p.m. on November 7. Contact your clerk for more information.
Voters with print disabilities
Voters with print disabilities who cannot fill out a ballot on their own can request an accessible ballot using this webpage. You must fill out a form by 5 p.m. on November 3 to get a ballot sent to you via email. You can fill out the ballot online and then print and mail it. Only you, a person in your household, a mail carrier or an election official can deliver your ballot to your local clerk's office.