MI Votes

MI Voter Friendly Business Guide

Because we know small businesses thrive when our democracy thrives, helping encourage participation in democracy is important.

Here’s your checklist of options to be a Vote Friendly Business:

Sign up at Time To Vote to join the movement of other businesses making the commitment to provide employees time off to vote.

  • No specific way you have to provide this – it could be paid or unpaid time
  • Additional resources are provided to businesses to help implement different ways to ensure people have the time to vote

Check out our interview with Patagonia, a founding member of Time to Vote

Registration deadlines

You can register at any time up to 8 p.m. on Election Day in person at your city or township clerk’s office. Any other voter registration application method, including online or mail-in registration forms, must be received or postmarked at least 15 days before the election.

Check out and share this quick video that explains how to register.

If you aren’t able to go in person to register at your city or township clerk’s office, registration needs to be submitted online or postmarked by:

  • July 18 (to vote in the primary on August 2)
  • October 24 (to vote in the general election on November 8)


Registration Methods

A registration goal is a great way to ensure there are no barriers to voting for your employees.

You can create incentives for sharing confirmation that employees are registered such as an inspiring book about voting, an “I’m Registered to Vote” sticker, or other goodies.

Collective goals 100% registration could be rewarded with an employee party, delicious catered snacks for the breakroom, or whatever employee delighters have worked well for your company in the past.

Beyond employees, you could aim to get a certain number of people to visit the website to learn how to register online. Creating a QR code for customers to easily scan in person or on your website is a simple way to track your impact.

People First Economy has a goal of recruiting 100 businesses across the state to sign on in support of the Promote the Vote ballot proposal.

Once we reach our goal of 100 businesses, we will send a press release and recruit business leaders to write op-eds in support of the proposal.

Here’s Why (Learn More)
  • Prohibits intimidation or interference of voters
  • More drop boxes, absentee ballot postage, and more
  • 9 days of early in-person voting
  • Shorter lines on Election Day
  • Request to have an absentee ballot mailed to you for all future elections (once and done!)
  • Online absentee ballot tracking so voters can be confident that their votes are counted
  • The identity of each voter will be verified prior to counting their vote, whether they are voting in person or by mail
  • Election results are determined solely by the number of votes cast

Ways to vote:

Absentee Ballot

You can vote by mail and go online to make sure your completed ballot was counted.

How do I apply for an absentee ballot?

Within two weeks of election day, to avoid possible postal delays, we recommend making your request in person at your local city or township clerk office. You’ll be able to fill out and submit your ballot while there.

  • Online – Registered voters can request an absentee ballot online through our absentee voter request form before 5 p.m. the Friday before the election.
  • Call your city or township clerk and ask that an application be mailed to you.
  • Download an application to return by mail or in-person to your local city or township clerk.
  • In person at your local city or township clerk’s office.
What are my other options for requesting an absentee ballot?
  • Call your city or township clerk and ask that an application be mailed to you.
  • Download an application to return by mail or in-person to your local clerk or township.
Voting In Person
  • Before November 8, 2022, you can vote in person with an absentee ballot at your local clerk’s office.
  • On November 8, election day, you must vote in person at your polling location. Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center’s website to find your polling location. 
  • Polls open 7am-8pm and if you are in line by 8pm, you can still vote after the cutoff if there is a line.