Campus Voting Initiative
"Someone Struggled for your right to vote. Use it."
-Susan B. Anthony
"The vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have."
EMU is committed to ensuring all of its community members, particularly our students have access to voter registration and election information on state and local candidates, and ballot proposals. Engage@EMU in collaboration with Student Government will be hosting several voter registration and candidate/ballot information events.
Registering You to Vote!
These events are tentative. Please return to our page for continuous updates.
Student government organized events
- EagleFest Register to Vote 9/12 4–8 p.m. @ Student Center
- Rock the Vote 9/19 5–9 p.m. @ Student Center ballroom
- Dolores Registration
- Visit Student Government for more Information
"Get out the vote" Thursday, September 26 with Allan Wachendorfer from NASW Michigan Sponsored by the School of Social Work 11:30-12:30 in the McKenny Ballroom
Registration lobby tables (general registration) 10/5, 10/8, 10/9, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Stop by at our lobby tables located in the first floor of the Student Center where you can come and register if you have not done so yet, and learn more about how to navigate the voting processes.
Registration lobby tables (absentee ballot help) 11/2 (Awaiting confirmation)
Do you still need to get an absentee ballot? It’s not too late! Come see us at the student center to get help so you can make your voice heard!
Candidate showcase w/ College Dems and College Repubs 10/10, 7 p.m. - More details to come!
The 2018 Candidates Showcase is an LBC credit approved event hosted by Engage@EMU in collaboration with the College Democrats and College Republicans at Eastern Michigan University.
The event will inform students about the City, Congressional District, and State’s candidates in relation with the City of Ypsilanti, and the issues these candidates stand for. This will allow students to inform themselves, and facilitate their decision on who to vote, by having a more distinctive framework of the overview of all sides. This way they can be prepared for the 2018 Midterms.
We’ll provide pizza at the event.
Ballot initiative showcase w/ EMU profs 10/24, 7 p.m. (Location TBD)
This event, hosted by EMU professors, will provide information about the ballot measures that will be up in November; marijuana legalization, redistricting, and (if it makes it) minimum wage.
Party at the polls 11/6, 4–7 p.m. @ the Lakehouse
Music/free food/etc. at boat house to celebrate election day and attract students to vote. Volunteers will be there to answer questions.
At scheduled intervals (every 30 min or so), groups will walk together to the honors college to vote
Try to group first-time voters together (confidence booster)
Should specify that anyone is welcome to come to the boat house, but only people who are registered locally can vote at the honors college.
What if I’m registered back home can I still vote in Ypsilanti?
The government allows students to send absentee ballots if they are still registered in their home state but are attending school. Absentee voters submit their ballots by mail before the election, allowing the vote to count without having to travel to a hometown polling location. Students can also decide to change their voter registration to their college’s location, making it possible for them to vote in-person. As long as the student maintains a residence (permanent or temporary), they can register to vote through the mail or, in some states, online. They cannot, however, be registered in two places at once.
Can I change my registration from home to EMU/Ypsilanti?
Michigan law requires that the address must match the address on your voter registration card. There is no fee to change your address. You may change your address online through https://onlineservices.michigan.gov/ExpressSOS , by mail or in person at a Secretary of State branch office . Any of these options allows you to update your voter registration to your new address. In addition, the Ruth Johnson, Secretary of State Department of State website provides step by step instructions, and the necessary documents to change your registration by mail, online and in person. Just search Driver’s Change of Address, Voter Registration and the information should be listed.
How do I vote absentee?
First-time voters CANNOT vote by mail. If you are not a first-time voter and wish to vote my mail, you must fill out the application (available online) and mail it to the clerk of the place you are registered to vote. This application must be mailed no later than 2pm the Saturday before the election. Be sure to specify the address where you would like the absentee ballot to be sent to (i.e. your dorm or apartment).The application will be processed as soon as it arrives at your clerk’s office. When you receive your absentee ballot in the mail, you have until election day (Tues., November 6) to fill it out and mail it back to your clerk.
If I live on or near campus where is the polling location?
At the Honors College on W. Forest Avenue, near Sill Hall
What are the polling hours?
The polling place hours are from 7 a.m.–8 p.m.
Is there a local polling location map?
There is a local polling location map [PDF] on the City of Ypsilanti website. You can search polling locations and it provides a whole map that displays locations and precincts.
How do I know where to vote?
If you have already registered to vote, you are able to determine your precinct and polling location by checking your voter ID card or by visiting the Michigan Information Voter Center website. Through that website you can search your voter information by name or driver’s license number, then that will determine where you are assigned vote.
Who is able to vote?
In order to vote you must be 18 years old, a United States citizen and not a convicted felon. Each states have their own requirements. In Michigan, you must be a U.S. citizen. Be a resident of Michigan, and of the city you’re registering in. Be at least 18 years old by the next election date.
Do I need to show identification in order to vote?
Michigan does have a voter identification requirement at the polls. Voters are asked to present an acceptable photo ID such as a Michigan driver's license or identification card. Please note that voters who do not have an acceptable form of ID or failed to bring it with them to the polls still can vote. They simply sign a brief affidavit stating that they're not in possession of a photo ID. Their ballots are included with all others and counted on Election Day.
The following types of photo ID are acceptable:
- Michigan driver's license or state-issued ID card
- Driver's license or personal identification card issued by another state
- Federal or state government-issued photo identification
- U.S. passport
- Military ID with photo
- Student identification with photo from a high school or accredited institution of higher learning<
- Tribal identification card with photo
The ID does not need your address.