Voting at EMU

"Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it." -Susan B. Anthony

"The vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have." - John Lewis Ana

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. [email protected] in collaboration with Student Government will be hosting several voter registration and candidate/ballot information events.


  • Check out these videos on voting and hear what EMU students and employees have to say!
  • Language Access Initiatives has translated sample ballots into various languages. You can view them here! Additionally, visit to view FAQ's in a variety of languages.
  • A ballot dropbox is now available on campus! Please note, it is only for Ypsilanti City voters only. It is located inside the Circle Drive entrance to the Student Center!

Upcoming Events and Dates to Mind

  • October 30, 2020: Deadline to apply for an Absentee Ballot!
  • November 2, 2020: Return Absentee Ballot by mail.
  • November 3, 2020: Vote at the Polls! or Return your Absentee Ballot in person.

Past Events and Dates

September 22, 2020: Early Voter Registration Day!

September 22, 2020: League of Women Voters Ann Arbor Area, Unitarian Universalist Civic Engagement Group (UUCivs) and Ann Arbor Housing Commission (AAHC) are hosting two non-partisan Voter Registration/Absentee Ballot Drives

  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. - Community Room at Miller Manor (727 Miller Ave., Ann Arbor, MI)
  • 3-5 p.m. - Community Room at Baker Commons (106 Packard St. Ann Arbor, MI)

Week of October 5, 2020: Voter Education

October 6, 2020, 1 p.m.: Virtual conversation on with the County Sheriffs and Jail Administrators, Clerks, and Public Defenders on their approach to voting for people in Michigan jails. Hear about and discuss practical solutions to registering voters, providing absentee ballots, and ensuring their ballots are received in jail and returned to the clerk in time!

October 6, 2020, 6-8 p.m.: Voting, Incarceration, and Civic Engagement virtual event, featuring speakers Joe Johnson, Gerald Ackerman, and Cozine Welch.

  • Register here! (or go to webpage:
  • Flyer with more information.

October 8, 2020, 10 a.m. Voting Matters Community Conversations: Returning Citizens with the Secretary of State

  • Join via Zoom
  • Join by Phone: +1(646) 558-8656/Passcode: 835 6828 4572

October 19, 2020: Last day to register to vote online. You can still register to vote by mail.

  • Resources

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    Hiring! Poll Workers and Absentee Ballot Counters!

    Polling locations all over southeastern Michigan are on the search for Poll Workers and Absentee Ballot Counters. This is a paid position and a chance to get involved in Election Day processes. Ypsilanti Township and the City of Detroit are particularly in need, so if interested in these areas, please contact them directly. Otherwise, please register here

    Campus Voting Project - Michigan Voting Guide

    This Voting Guide for Michigan provides information regarding registration deadlines, election dates, and answers to commonly asked questions on how, when, and what you need to vote.

    City of Ypsilanti - Voting and Election Information

    Check local City of Ypsilanti's Voting and Election Information page for local polling locations and registration information.

    Do YOU want to register to vote or need to apply for an absentee ballot?

    Call the nonpartisan Voting Helpline for whatever help you need to vote (and vote safely from home). Email [email protected] or call 1.855.VOTE.311 (1.855.868.3311).

    A Helper can also get you a free Voting Kit. The Kit provides everything needed to register to vote, get an absentee ballot, and return your ballot (forms, stamps, pen, and a Helper on the phone!). Deadline: September 30. [These non-partisan services are provided by the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice (ICPJ) and UUCivs]

    Michigan Voter Information Center

    Michigan Department of State website for checking your voter information. Find your clerk, polling place, registration status, ballot view and tracking, voting in person details, and more!

    Michigan Voting

    A comprehensive nonpartisan voting website, including a Know Your Rights guide that can answer the many questions you may have about how to cast your ballot.

    Partners in Democracy

    Join to help advance voter rights initiatives, increase voter participation, and ensure polls are fully staffed across Michigan. As a Democracy Partner, you will be joining a coordinated effort to drive civic engagement ensure our democracy holds strong, even in the midst of a pandemic. Sign up today!


    Pittsfield Charter Township - Elections Information

    Up to date information on absentee voting, elections, voter registration and more for Pittsfield Charter Township residents/voters.

    Returning Citizens Voting Rights

    Information on voting rights for returning citizens.

    Secretary of State Election Information

    View information about the upcoming Election, from Voting options, facts, and more. 

    Township of Ypsilanti - Election and Voting Information

    Up to date information on voter registration, absentee ballots, accessible voting, voting requirements, and more for Township of Ypsilanti residents/voters.


    Election information, both general and state specific, including: 

    • Absentee ballot information
    • Ballot measure information (where applicable)
    • Early voting options (where applicable)
    • Election dates
    • Factual data on candidates in various federal, state and local races
    • General information on such topics as how to watch debates with a critical eye
    • ID requirements
    • Polling place locations
    • Registration deadlines
    • Voter qualifications
    • Voter registration forms
    • Voting machines

    Ypsi, Can I Share?

    This local grass roots organization has various resources around voting, elections, ballots and more. Check out their content!

  • FAQ

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    What is the guidance in the event of an emergency if a voter is hospitalized or forced to quarantine before they have the opportunity to vote?

    Michigan law permits the issuance of an emergency absentee ballot after 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, and before 4 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, if a voter suddenly becomes ill or has a death in the family that made them unable to request an absentee ballot in person after 5 p.m. on Oct. 30, 2020, or vote in person on Election Day.

    In the event of an emergency, if a voter would like to utilize this option, they must contact their local city or township clerk directly, in writing, to request an emergency absent voter ballot application. The letter or application form provided by the clerk’s office must provide the following in writing:

    • Verify that the voter is registered and qualified to vote.
    • Verify the voter is legally authorized to apply for an emergency absentee ballot.
    • State the reason why the voter was not able to return an absentee ballot application before the mandated deadline.
    • Designate an individual to retrieve and/or return the absent voter ballot [if applicable].
    • Once a voter’s local clerk has verified the validity of their emergency absentee ballot application, a deputized election official or local clerk can deliver the voter’s emergency absentee ballot in person - if not required to leave the city of township, or the voter may designate an individual authorized with the local clerk’s office to retrieve and deliver their absentee ballot on their behalf.  

    State law allows the voter to return their completed, signed, and sealed emergency absentee ballot by any means necessary, provided that the ballot is valid, includes the voter’s matching signature, and is received by the voter’s local clerk’s office by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3. 

    Will they accept my EMU Housing Information as proof of residency for voter registration?

    Yes! In the case that you live on campus and want to register to vote in the City of Ypsilanti but your driver's license or other ID does not list your EMU address, you can present your EMU Housing Information as residency verification. You can pull up your information on

    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, 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 5 p.m. the Friday 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 8 p.m. on Election Day 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 511 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?

    The City of Ypsilanti polling locations are available to view.

    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 on or before Election Day and a United States citizen. Each state also has their own requirements for voting, so please check beforehand. In Michigan, you must be a U.S. citizen, be at least 18 years old by the next election date, a resident of Michigan as well as the city you’re registering in, and not serving a sentence in jail or prison.

    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. 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.

    My question wasn’t answered, where do I go next?

    Visit Michigan’s website [PDF] or search our resources tab for more information. Contact Engage with further questions: [email protected].