Voter Registration Frequently Asked Questions
The Undergraduate Student Government at Michigan Tech works tirelessly to advocate for students. However, we can only be successful in advocating for students when they advocate for themselves. Voter turnout for college students has historically been incredibly too low – and we want to change that here on Michigan Tech’s campus.
There are more students in our generation than there are baby boomers. It’s time for us to make our voices heard in our government. To make this a reality, the Undergraduate Student Government has made it a key priority to provide voter registration services to its constituents. This webpage is a great home base for the services we provide.
Voter Registration Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I register to vote?
You can register to vote on our website, just click on the rock the vote link below! Just print out your form and drop it off at our office and we will take care of the rest. Or just stop by the Undergraduate Student Government office – we have forms all ready for you to fill out! Our representatives have been trained to be able to help you work through the bureaucracy that students face to get you out to the polls this election day. Don’t feel like stopping by? No problem! You can mail it in yourself!
To be eligible to register in Michigan, you MUST be:
A United States citizen
At least 18 years old by Election Day
A resident of Michigan for at least 30 days before the election
A resident of the city or township where you are registering to vote
I think I am already registered. Is there any way to find out?
Absolutely! If you’re a Michigan resident, you can check your Michigan registration here! You’ll even be able to view your sample ballot if you’re registered!
If you’re a Wisconsin resident, you can check your registration here! Other states also should have an online voter information system on their DMV/SOS/Voter Departments pages, so take a look on their websites and it shouldn’t be hard to find.
If you just want to look up your sample ballot or find your polling place, you can use the following website: vote 4-1-1.
Should I register to vote at my home address or at my Michigan Tech address?
To be honest, it is really up to you. In Michigan you are allowed to register either at a home address and vote absentee or register and vote locally (as long as you are here 9 months of the year, which most tech students are). In Michigan you must vote in person or register in person at your local clerk’s office to vote absentee; however, if you do plan on registering at home make sure to stop by your local clerk’s office on break and request an absentee ballot in person. Otherwise, your absentee ballot will not count!
Other voter registration drives will encourage you to register at your local address because those who register for the first time are more likely to vote if they register locally. You may be more aware of the political candidates from your hometown than in Houghton/Hancock, so do not feel like you must register locally. USG can and will help you register no matter what you decide to do. The election laws may vary from state to state, and we encourage you to look this information up for states outside of Michigan. You can do this by visiting the following website: election protection.
If I register in Houghton will I lose my parent’s insurance or my financial aid?
No, you will not. Registering in Houghton will change your address on file with the Secretary of State in Michigan, but that does not mean any third party company or the federal government will punish you for voting in Houghton. You will receive a sticker for your driver’s license to reflect the new address on file, but this will not affect your dependency status, financial aid, or any insurance policy at all. This is often a lie that prevents students from voting – don’t fall for it!
Do I need an ID for the polls in Michigan?
Michigan law requires every registered voter voting in person to show photo ID or to sign an affidavit attesting that he or she is not in possession of a photo ID (which you may sign even if you have a photo ID, but did not bring it with you to the polls). Voters can satisfy the ID requirement by showing a Michigan driver’s license or a Michigan personal identification card. Voters who do not possess either document may show any of the following forms of picture ID as long as it is current: driver’s license or personal ID card issued by another state, federal or state government-issued photo ID, U.S. passport, military identification card with photo, student identification with photo from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education, or a tribal identification card with photo.
What if I experience problems at the polls?
We hope that you won’t experience any problems at the polls. However, if you feel that your voting rights are being stepped on or are simply extremely confused about the voting process, feel free to call the following voting helpline from Election Protection: 1-866-OUR-VOTE. The nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Their website is also very knowledgeable about almost any voting-related issue or law you may encounter at the polls. It can be accessed here: election protection.
What are the registration deadlines in Michigan?
2014 Primary Election: July 7, 2014
2014 General Election: October 6, 2014
Voters must register at least 30 days before an election