LANSING – Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has announced that Michiganders can now register to vote or update their voter registration online at Michigan.gov/VoterRegistration.
In another major announcement, Benson said that offering electronic (eNotary) and remote notarization services is now an option for the state’s more than 113,000 notaries public. Both programs represent steps forward for Michigan in using technology to provide modern and convenient services to residents.
Online voter registration begins
The secure, web-based online voter registration tool is available to citizens with a valid Michigan driver’s license or state ID card. Michigan residents without these documents can learn more about how they can register to vote by visiting the site. All other methods of voter registration, including registration by mail, will remain available. Michigan also began implementing automatic voter registration in September as part of driver’s license and state ID card transactions.
“This fast, convenient, cost-effective and secure option to register to vote will enable many more people to participate in democracy, and help Michigan’s clerks maintain complete, accurate and up-to-date voter rolls,” said Secretary Benson.
Residents who know they’re not registered to vote at their current address can access the voter registration tool directly by visiting Michigan.gov/VoterRegistration. Users will then be asked to verify their eligibility and provide identifying information including their driver’s license or state ID card number. After they verify their identity, users will have the opportunity to register to vote or update their voter registration if they are already registered.
If residents are not sure whether they are registered to vote, they can visit Michigan.gov/Vote to find out. If they are not registered, the site provides a link to the online voter registration tool.
Online voter registration is available on any web-connected device, including tablets and smart phones. Additional features will be added in 2020.
By implementing online voter registration, Michigan joins 37 other states that allow citizens to register to vote online. Legislation providing for online voter registration was enacted by the Michigan Legislature in 2018.