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Bring Identification

Effective in November 2007, voters must bring a photo ID with them to the polls, or sign a form stating that they do not have any, per Michigan election law. Voters who do not possess either document can show any of the following forms of picture ID as long as the documents are current:

  • Driver's license or personal identification card issued by another state (must include photo)
  • Federal or state government-issued photo identification
  • Military ID with photo
  • Student identification with photo from a high school or accredited institution of higher learning
  • Tribal identification card with photo
  • U.S passport

The ID must include the person's name. It does not have to include a residential address.

Voting Equipment for Those with Disabilities

Voter Assist Terminals are now available to Midlanders that will make voting much easier for those with disabilities. These ballot marking devices are available to all voters with special accommodations for hearing, visual, physical and other disabilities. This new machine has many pluses:

  • Provides voters the opportunity to independently vote a ballot in complete privacy. The terminal marks the voter's selections on paper that becomes their ballot. 
  • Voters can select their choices using a touch screen. 
  • Personal adaptives may also be used to assist voters in making their selections. 
  • There is a touch screen component for those who have difficulty holding a writing instrument.
  • The ballot can be read to a voter through headphones if they have difficulty reading a ballot.
  • There is a sip 'n' puff port on the machine for voters who utilize such a device for mobility and independence.
  • A Braille keypad is available for the blind.

The completed ballot is then fed into a tabulator, which scans and records the votes.