Michigan Election Guide

Election 2022 Information for Caro, MI

Voter Registration

Registration Deadline: Eligible citizens may become registered to vote in a variety of ways, at any time through Election Day, up to 8pm on Election Day.  Individuals who register to vote within the 14-day period immediately preceding an election must appear in person at their city or township clerk’s office and provide proof of residency.


Individuals using any other method must register to vote at least 15 days before Election Day and are not required to provide proof of residency.


Voter Registration Qualifications

Age: Must be 18 years old by election day

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen

Residency: A resident of Michigan and the city or township where you are applying to register to vote for at least 30 days before election day. 

Felony Convictions: You cannot register to vote if you are serving a sentence in jail or prison.


Obtaining a Voter Registration Form

In person: you can register to vote at any of the following places

   - at your county, city, or township clerk's office

   -any Secretary of State branch office.

   -Offices of several state agencies, like the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Community Health, and the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

   -Military recruitment centers

   -Voter registration drives


By mail/ in writing: Download a form online and mail it completed to the city/town clerk. 


If you have never voted in Michigan before and chose to register by mail, you must meet the federal identification requirement.

You must accurately enter your state issued driver license number or personal ID card number where requested on the form


You must send one of the following forms of identification when mailing this form to your county, city or township clerk: a COPY of a current and valid photo identification (such as a driver license or personal ID card) or a COPY of a paycheck stub, utility bill, bank statement, or a government document which lists your name and address. 


Online: Voter registration

Verifying Your Voter Registration Status

Online: Michigan voter registration


Absentee Ballot Qualifications

All eligible and registered voters in Michigan may now request an absent voter ballot without providing a reason.


Obtaining an Absentee Ballot

Online: English Version: Michigan absent voter ballot application

              Spanish Version: Spanish/Español 


In person: You can obtain and submit an absentee application form at your local clerk's office. If you’re registering to vote or updating your address by appearing at your clerk’s office on Election Day, you can request an absent voter ballot at the same time you register. If you request your AV ballot the day before the election or on election day, you must vote the ballot in the clerk's office.


By mail: You must request an absentee voter ballot by mailing the application with a letter or postcard, or you can obtain a pre-printed application form at your local clerk's office. Requests to have an absent voter ballot mailed to you must be received by your clerk no later than 5 p.m. the Friday before the election. If you’re already registered at your current address, you can request an absent voter ballot in person at your clerk’s office anytime up to 4 p.m. on the day prior to the election.


Military and overseas voting: Michigan Military and Overseas absentee ballot guide.

More information here.

Emergency Absentee Voting: If an emergency, such as a sudden illness or family death prevents you from reaching the polls on election day, you may request an emergency absent voter ballot. Requests for an emergency ballot must be submitted after the deadline for regular absent voter ballots has passed but before 4 p.m. on election day. The emergency must have occurred at a time which made it impossible for you to apply for a regular absent voter ballot. Please contact your local clerk for more information about emergency absent voter ballots.


Submitting an Absentee Ballot

After receiving your absentee voter ballot, you have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to complete the ballot and return it to the clerk's office. Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature is on the return envelope and matches your signature on file. If you received assistance voting the ballot, then the signature of the person who helped you must also be on the return envelope. Only you, a family member or person residing in your household, a mail carrier, or election official is authorized to deliver your signed absent voter ballot to your clerk's office.



The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. Qualified voters standing in line at 8:00 p.m. will be permitted to vote. Call your clerk before you go, as some locations may change because of COVID-19.


Michigan has prohibited the practice of displaying election-related materials at the polls for decades. This includes clothing and buttons as well as materials such as pamphlets, fliers and stickers. You cannot display such items in the polling place or within 100 feet of an entrance to a polling place. If you go to the polls with a shirt or button bearing election-related images or slogans, you will be asked to cover or remove it.


The use of video cameras, still cameras and other recording devices are prohibited in the polls when they are open for voting. This includes still cameras and other recording features built into many cell phones. The ban applies to all voters, challengers, poll watchers and election workers. Exceptions are made for credentialed members of the news media though certain restrictions remain. See more information on cameras here.



Every Michigan voter who offers to vote in the polls must comply with Michigan’s voter identification requirement either by showing picture identification or by signing an affidavit:


Voters with picture identification: Voters can satisfy the identification 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 identification as long as they are current

*Driver’s license or personal identification card issued by another state

*Federal or state government-issued photo identification.

*U.S. passport.

*Military identification card with photo.

*Student identification with photo from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education.

*Tribal identification card with photo.


Voters without picture identification: Michigan election law anticipates that not all voters will have picture identification. Voters who do not bring picture identification to the polls or do not have picture identification can vote like any other voter by signing an affidavit.



A voter whose name does not appear on the registration list who cannot produce a validated voter registration receipt may be eligible to vote a “provisional” ballot. In order to obtain a “provisional” ballot the voter must: 1) complete an Application to Vote form 2) complete an affidavit stating that he or she registered to vote on or before the close of registration for the election and 3) respond to questions regarding his or her identity and residence. The election workers are responsible for providing assistance with the provisional balloting process.


The answers provided by the voter to the identity and residence questions will determine if the ballot issued to the voter can be inserted into the tabulator and counted in the polls or must be preserved in a “provisional ballot security envelope” and returned to the clerk’s office for review after the polls close. A determination on the validity of a provisional ballot secured for later review must be rendered by the city or township clerk within six days after the election.


A voter who is issued a provisional ballot has a right to know if his or her ballot counted. If the ballot is not counted, the voter has a right to know the reason. A notice which explains how this information can be obtained is provided to every voter who votes a provisional ballot.


Additional Information

Deciding how to vote: https://votesmart.org/

Polling Place: Michigan polling place locator

Sample Ballots: Michigan sample ballots

Problems with voting: If you witness efforts to commit any kind of fraud or corruption in the voting process, you may report this to the Michigan Department of State’s Bureau of Elections at 1-800-292-5973. If you witness actual or attempted acts of discrimination or intimidation in the voting process, you may report this to the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice at 1-800-253-3931.

Verifying absentee ballot status: Click on this link.

Election 2022 Ballot Measures

Michigan Right to Voting Policies Amendment

The initiative would amend the Michigan Constitution to provide voters with the right to vote without harassment, interference, or intimidation. It would also guarantee that military and overseas ballots postmarked by election day are counted. It would require a photo ID or a signed affidavit to vote. It would authorize voters to drop off absentee ballots at drop boxes. It would allow nine days of early voting and require public disclosure of donations from private entities that were used to pay for elections or audits.

More Information: Click Here

Michigan Legislative Term Limits and Financial Disclosure Amendment

House Joint Resolution R would amend the state constitution to provide that a person cannot
be elected as a state legislator for terms or partial terms totaling more than 12 years, no matter
whether they are served in the House or in the Senate. (Currently, a person cannot be elected
more than three times as a state representative and more than two times as a state senator.)
HJR R also would require certain state elected officials to file an annual financial disclosure
report containing specified information (including income, assets, liabilities, gifts, and other
positions held). If adopted by a two-thirds majority of each house, the constitutional
amendment would appear on the ballot at the next general election. HJR R is similar, but not
identical, to a petition for a constitutional amendment that is now circulating and will be placed
on the ballot if it gets 425,049 valid signatures by July 11, 2022

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Michigan Right to Reproductive Freedom Initiative

The ballot initiative would provide for a state constitutional right to reproductive freedom. The term reproductive freedom would be defined as "the right to make and effectuate decisions about all matters relating to pregnancy, including but not limited to prenatal care, childbirth, postpartum care, contraception, sterilization, abortion care, miscarriage management, and infertility care."

The ballot initiative would provide that the state can regulate abortion after fetal viability, except that the state could not ban the use of abortion to "protect the life or physical or mental health of the pregnant individual," as determined by an attending health care professional.

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Election 2022 Candidates for Caro, MI

U.S. Senate

Your Elected Officials

Joe Biden
Kamala Harris
Vice President
Gary Peters
U.S. Senate
District Junior Seat
Debbie Stabenow
U.S. Senate
District Senior Seat
Lisa McClain
U.S. House
District 9
Gretchen Whitmer
Garlin Gilchrist
Lieutenant Governor
Gregory Alexander
State House
District 98
Matthew Bierlein
State House
District 97
Kevin Daley
State Senate
District 26
Dan Lauwers
State Senate
District 25
Dana Nessel
Attorney General
Jocelyn Benson
Secretary of State
Doug Ringler
Auditor General
Anita Fox
Commissioner of Insurance
Chris Harkins
Director of the Office of the State Budget
Katherine Peretick
Public Service Commissioner
Tremaine Phillips
Public Service Commissioner
Daniel Scripps
Public Service Commissioner
Michael Rice
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Rachael Eubanks
Marshall Bullock
State Board of Education
Ellen Lipton
State Board of Education
Tom McMillin
State Board of Education
Judith Pritchett
State Board of Education
Pamela Pugh
State Board of Education
Mitchell Robinson
State Board of Education
Nikki Snyder
State Board of Education
Jason Strayhorn
State Board of Education
Tiffany Tilley
State Board of Education
Casandra Ulbrich
State Board of Education