Michigan primary election 2021: Key races, poll times

The Michigan August primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 3. 

Here’s what to know about voting, registration and key races and proposals to watch in metro Detroit.

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Voting in the Michigan primary election

When and where

Polls are open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday.

Anyone can still vote absentee but since it’s within 15 days of Election Day, requesting to vote through mail might mean voters won’t get their ballots in time. Absentee ballots can be cast at clerks’ offices or drop boxes.

Go to the Michigan Voter Information Center website to find your polling place and drop box locations. 

Voters in the City of Detroit coming and going from the polling station at Fischer Magnet Lower School on August 3, 2021.

What to bring to the polls

Voters will be asked to present a photo ID such as a Michigan driver’s license, state identification card, U.S. passport, or military, student or tribal ID card. The card does not need to include the voter’s mailing address.

Those without an acceptable ID can still vote by signing an affidavit.

Voters are not required to bring their voter registration cards and should be on a list, if registered, as long as they go to the correct polling place.

Masks are required for poll workers, but they are not required for voters. Sanitizing stations will be available at polling places.

Michigan voter registration

Eligible citizens may register to vote as late as Election Day.

Election day poll workers count absentee ballots at the central counting board at the TCF Center in Detroit on August 3, 2021.

Since the election is less than 14 days away, you must register to vote in person at your city or township clerk’s office. If you register to vote online within 14 days of the election, you will not be able to vote Tuesday. 

To be eligible to register to vote you must be:

  • A Michigan resident at the time you register
  • A resident of your city or township for at least 30 days when you vote
  • A United States citizen
  • At least 18 years of age when you vote
  • Not currently serving a sentence in jail or prison
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