Guide to Voting in November’s General Election: Michigan

  • Register to vote!!
    • If you are not registered to vote, you can fill in the form right here or at Northland Family Planning! Voter registration forms are in our waiting rooms, or ask a staff member for a form to fill out
    • Once you complete the form, turn it in to a staff member. We will mail it for you!  That’s all there is to it!
      • If you fill the form out at home, you can find where to mail it on page 2 of the registration


  • Voter registration deadline: October 11, 2016
  • Election Date: November 8, 2016
  • Polling Hours: 7 AM- 8 PM
  • Polling Place: If you are unsure of where to go and vote, find your voting place at:

  • Picture ID Law: In Michigan, you are required by law to have a photo ID with you when you vote OR sign the affidavit on the back of the application to vote at your polling place stating you don’t have your photo ID with you. YOU CAN STILL VOTE.  Just tell the polling place volunteer you need to sign the form saying you don’t have your ID with you.  This is what it looks like:




When you hear “People died so you can vote” it is not an exaggeration.  A short history of voting rights in the United States:

  • 1790 White property-owning men allowed to vote
  • 1856 All white men allowed to vote, property restriction removed
  • 1870 15th amendment passes—gives voting rights to former slaves on paper only. In reality, African American men were not allowed to vote:
    • Literacy tests, quizzes by polling administrators, poll taxes, and the “grandfather clause” kept African American men from voting
    • If they persisted or organized, they were often beaten, arrested, or killed for their efforts
    • This continued for 95 years, until the 1965 Voting Rights Act was passed
  • 1920 19th amendment passed giving women (white and African American) the right to vote:
    • After nearly 100 years of women fighting for this right
    • Women were brutalized, imprisoned, and force fed through nasal tubes during hunger strikes in the fight for suffrage
    • African American women, although granted rights on paper, were not allowed to vote and faced the same restrictions and laws that African American men did until 1965
  • 1947 Native Americans fully given right to vote
  • 1952 Asian Americans given right to vote
  • 1965 Voting Rights Act passed:
    • Put in place many protections for voting which finally allowed for African Americans to register and vote
  • 1975 Amendment to Voting Rights Act requiring election material to be printed in various languages so voting is accessible to those who do not read English
  • 2013 Supreme Court strikes down major protection portion of the Voting Rights Act, and states around the country move quickly creating new restrictions to make voting harder, disproportionately impacting minority communities:
    • ID laws
    • Early voting cuts
    • Restrictions on registering to vote
    • Voter suppression, discrimination, and intimidation




“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”                                                                                                                           Martin Luther King, Jr.


“Voting is the most precious right of every citizen, and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process.”

                                                                                                          Hillary Clinton