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Know Before You Vote: Key Information for Michigan’s 2022 General Election

October 6, 2022

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, is general election day in Michigan, and it’s essential to be prepared for election season and exercise your right to vote.

This election has various key races with many seats in the Michigan State Senate and House of Representatives, the biggest being Michigan’s executive offices of governor and Secretary of State and the 13th Congressional House. Further, Michigan residents will decide the fate of three statewide ballot proposals.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Ahead of election day, it’s important to check if you’re registered to vote, determine your preferred voting method, locate your polling place, and research information about the candidates and proposals on the ballot. This information can be found on the Michigan Voter Information Center’s website, but some key details are outlined below.

Voter Registration Deadlines

Michigan residents can register to vote online, by mail, or in person on election day.

  • Online: Monday, Oct. 24.
  • By mail: Postmarked by Monday, Oct. 24.
  • In person on election day: Through Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m.

You can view your registration status here.

Absentee Ballot Deadlines

All registered voters in Michigan can vote using an absentee ballot, regardless of reason. Apply for yours here.

  • Request ballot: By Friday, Nov. 4, at 5 p.m.
  • Return ballot by mail to avoid mailing delays: By Monday, Oct. 24.
  • Return ballot in person at local clerk’s office or designated drop box: By Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m.

Voting Deadlines

On election day, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Early voting (in-person absentee voting): Began Thursday, Sept. 29, and varies by location.
  • In-person voting: On Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Study Up

Not sure what to expect on the ballot? The state of Michigan offers ballot previews, searchable by county, jurisdiction, and precinct. Preview your ballot here.

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Get Involved

The Detroit Regional Chamber is a partner of Detroit Votes 2022, an effort to help inform and empower Detroiters to participate in November’s election. Detroit businesses are encouraged to explore information and resources to help engage their employees and the community and empower them to participate in this crucial election. Learn more.

But the Chamber isn’t alone in this work. Detroit Votes 2022 is receiving support from the likes of the City of Detroit and even the Detroit Pistons. Part of the Chamber’s 2022 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List is partnering with the Detroit Pistons to use sports as a platform to advance civility in the region. Ensuring Detroiters are ready and prepared to vote this year is an essential part of that and to upholding democracy.

For more information about voting in Michigan, visit or

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