FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The requirements to register includes all of the following:
- a U.S. citizen
- at least 18 years old by Election Day
- a resident of Michigan
- and a resident of the city or township where you are applying to register to vote.
Now that I am registered, where do I vote? Can I see a sample of my ballot?
After registering to vote you will be sent a Voter Identification Card which will provide you with the name and address of your polling location. Your Voter Identification Card will also indicate your Precinct number, School District, U.S. Congressional District, State Senate District, State Representative District and your County Commission District. You may also determine if you are registered to vote and where you vote by clicking on the link below. This site will also provide you with a sample ballot when ballots are available for the next upcoming election.
What do I need to be able to vote at the polls?
When you go to the polls to cast a ballot, you will be asked to produce voter identification. The following types of valid photo ID are acceptable:
- Michigan Driver’s or State issued ID card
- Driver’s license or ID card issued from another state
- Federal or state government issued photo ID
- U.S. Passport
- Military ID with photo
- Student ID card with photo from a high school or accredited institution of higher learning
- Tribal identification card with photo
If you do not have a photo ID or do not bring it with you to the polls, you may still vote by signing an affidavit stating you are not in possession of photo identification.
To view a copy of Michigan Voter Rights and Responsibilities please CLICK HERE
Can I vote absentee rather than at the polls?
Absolutely! The proposal passed in the election in November of 2018 has removed all qualifications for absentee voting. The State of Michigan election law provides for no reason absentee voting, therefore any qualified elector may request and receive an absentee ballot.
Permanent Absent Voter List If you are interested in receiving an Absent Voter Application for all future elections, please complete the Permanent Absent Voter Request Form and return it to the City Clerk's Office. Once the form is received, your name will be included on a Permanent Absent Voter List to receive Absent Voter Applications for all future elections. To obtain a Permanent Absentee List form CLICK HERE
Residents who wish to obtain an absentee ballot in person must show photo I.D.
Photo ID Requirement As a result of legislation enacted in 2012 (PA 523 of 2012), voters who obtain an absent voter ballot in person are also required to comply with the picture identification requirement. If a voter is not in possession of picture ID, they may sign the same Affidavit of Voter not in Possession of Picture Identification form that is used in the polls on Election Day. AV ballots from voters that obtain a ballot in person and do not provide picture identification and sign the affidavit form must be processed as a challenged ballot on Election Day.
Eligibility Restriction A person who registers to vote by mail must vote in person in the first election in which he or she participates. The restriction does not apply to overseas voters, voters who are handicapped or voters who are 60 years of age or older.
Dearborn Heights is comprised of 27 distinct polling locations. For a list of polling locations please CLICK HERE
For a map of the Dearborn Heights precincts please CLICK HERE.
For an Absentee Ballot Application please CLICK HERE.
If you are interested in becoming an Election Inspector please CLICK HERE for an application.