Voting at Albion College

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Every Vote Counts

Utilizing the principles of “Belong. Engage. Learn. Lead” Albion College believes that all students should feel empowered to make their voices heard in all elections. Please utilize this website in order to be an active and informed voter.

Voting Made Easy

Albion has partnered with TurboVote to provide a safe, easy platform where students, faculty, and staff can register to vote, update their voter registration, request an absentee ballot, and receive regular election reminders. It takes two minutes to sign up! Albion’s partnership with TurboVote is supported by the Albion College Student Senate.

Visit albion.turbovote.org to get started today. Voters with a voting plan are more likely to participate in all elections so get yours started today!

2022 Midterm Election Timeline

July 18th – Deadline to register for Michigan primary ONLINE and BY MAIL

August 2nd – Michigan Primary

October 24th – Deadline to register ONLINE and BY MAIL

October 25th – Recommended deadline to send absentee ballot

November 4th – Deadline to request ballot by mail 

November 7th – Deadline to request an absentee ballot in-person

November 8th ELECTION DAY – 7am – 8pm

Voter FAQs

Where can I get un-biased information about voting and candidates? Toggle Accordion

With so much information out there, it can be hard to know where to turn. The following sites offer reliable, nonpartisan voter information and resources:

  • Vote411: Run by the League of Women Voters, Vote411 allows you to quickly access information on where to vote, your ballot questions and candidate positions simply by entering your address.
  • Rock the Vote: Get simple, clear information on how and where to vote in your state.
  • Campus Election Engagement Project: Access resources specifically for voting engagement on campus, including social media toolkits, guides to hosting campus voter registration drives, candidate and issue guides for each state and more.
  • Voter Participation Center: Learn how and when to vote in each state, and check your registration is up to date.

Where should I register? Toggle Accordion

This is entirely your decision to make! You are eligible to register either at your home address or your school address. Factors to consider:

  • What is most convenient for you? What area do you feel more strongly about having a voice in? To register at an address, you must be a Michigan resident (at the time you register) and a resident of your city or township for at least 30 days (when you vote).
  • If you register at an address that is different than what is listed on your Michigan driver’s license, be aware that any change to your voter registration address will auto-update the state’s records for your driver’s license as well. You will be sent a sticker in the mail to update the address on your license.
My home address is out-of-state, can I still register in Michigan? Toggle Accordion

Yes. If you are an out-of-state student attending school in Michigan, you can register to vote at your school address in Michigan, or your home address to vote in your home state’s elections. You can only vote in one state, so registering to vote in Michigan means you cannot vote in your home state and vice-versa.

If you are an out-of-state student and want to register to vote in Michigan:

  • If there are MORE than 14 days before Election day, visit the Albion City Clerk’s office at 112 W. Cass Street to register OR download the State of Michigan Voter Registration Application to mail to your clerk with a valid form of identification (a copy of your home state ID is sufficient).
  • If you have a state of Michigan driver’s license or state ID you can register to vote online at michigan.gov/vote.
  • During the 14 days before and on election day, you will need to visit the Albion City Clerk’s office to register to vote or update your registration address AND you will need to provide proof of residency documentation.
Will registering at my school address change the address on my driver's license or state ID? Toggle Accordion

Yes. In Michigan, the address on your driver’s license and your voter registration must match.

Is there a deadline to register to vote in Michigan? Toggle Accordion

No. You can register to vote until 8pm on election day. However, the earlier you register the easier the process and voting will be on the busy election day!

What is a "proof of residency" document? Toggle Accordion

A “proof of residency” document is a document that has your name and current address on it. It is needed to verify your residency and to make sure you are only registered in one district.

To comply with the identification requirement, you must:

(1) Enter your Michigan-issued driver’s license number
or Michigan-issued state ID card number where requested on
the registration form

or

(2) If you do not have a Michigan-issued driver’s license or
Michigan-issued state ID card, provide the last four digits of
your Social Security number.

or

(3) Send one of the following forms of identification when mailing
your registration application to your county, city, or township clerk:

a COPY of a current and valid photo identification (such as a driver’s license
or state ID card from any state)

a COPY of a paycheck stub, utility bill, bank statement or a government document that lists your name and address.

***DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL ID DOCUMENTS BY MAIL***

Note: The identification requirement doesn’t apply if you:

(1) personally hand-deliver your registration application to your county, city or township clerk’s office instead of mailing it or submitting it through a
voter registration drive

(2) are disabled

(3) are eligible to vote under the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.

Do I need an ID to vote in-person in Michigan? Toggle Accordion

No – an ID is not required to vote in Michigan.

At the polls, you will be asked to present a photo ID. If you have it, bring it with you. If you don’t have an ID or didn’t bring it with you to the polls, you can still vote. You will simply sign a brief affidavit stating that you’re not in possession of a photo ID. Your ballot will still be included with all others and counted on Election Day.

I'm still worried about COVID-19, what should I do to stay safe at the polls? Toggle Accordion

If you are worried about COVID-19 the safest option is to vote by mail – an absentee ballot – which will be sent to your address for you to complete in the safety of your own home. This is the best course of action if you don’t feel safe going to the polls

If you’re worried and want to vote in-person we highly recommend wearing a mask, socially-distancing from others as best as possible, as well as washing your hands or using hand sanitizer before and after you vote.

It's almost 8pm on Election Day, should I even still try to vote? Toggle Accordion

YES – As long as you are in line to vote by 8pm you are legally entitled to vote. Continue to stand in line until you have cast your ballot.

I'm registered to vote, but I don't know where my polling place is? Toggle Accordion

Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/Voter/Index for any information on polling locations in Michigan. For all other states please utilize albion.turbovote.org

 

You Voted, Now What?

  • Engage in discussion with your peers, especially those who come from different backgrounds and have different perspectives. We all have much to learn from one another!
  • Talk about your experience with voting. Tell others that you voted and how it made you feel. Encourage others to register, make a voting plan, and ultimately vote. Holding others accountable is how we ensure we are all doing our part.
  • Engage with others by sharing resources to register and learn more about upcoming elections. The ALL IN Challenge hosts regular, free Campus Couch Parties where students can participate in peer-to-peer text banking for virtual voter engagement.
  • Research the issues that matter to you by keeping up with the news online or subscribing to a local or national newspaper. Albion students, faculty and staff are eligible for free access to the New York Times.
  • Attend local community and political events to learn about how you can engage with decision making. Many events are still offered virtually, making it easy to participate and stay informed.
  • Use your platform(s) to make your voice heard in your community through on-campus and virtual networks, such as social media.
  • Lobby decision-makersIdentify your local or national representatives and get in touch via phone, email, or letter about the issues you care about. It often only takes a couple of minutes to have a real impact!