Election & Voting Information
November 2, 2021 City General
Automatic Voter Registration
The Secretary of State will automatically register all qualified electors who submit applications or changes of address applications for driver's licenses or state personal ID cards (or enhanced versions of those forms of ID), as long as the elector does not opt-out of registration.
Registering to Vote
If you have recently moved to the City of Brighton, you must register to vote at your new address at least 15 days prior to the first scheduled election. You can also register to vote within the 14 day period up to and including election day, however you must complete your registration at the City Clerk's office with proof of residency. The most convenient way to complete this process is at the City Clerk's Office located at 200 N. First Street. If you were previously registered in the State of Michigan, your voter registration can be updated in our office and you will automatically receive an address change sticker (if you have an enhanced ID an updated one will be mailed to you) for your driver’s license within 30 days. You may also register on line through the Michigan Secretary of State here or use the mail in form provided here.
0-14 Days In-Person with Clerk and Residency Verification
A resident may register in person at their local Clerk's Office, up to and including Election Day with residency verification. Documents that may be accepted for residency verification (items must include the applicants name and current address): current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document.
A person registering to vote, 0-14 days in-person at the Clerk's Office with residency verification, may vote in person or an absentee voter's ballot.
Voters are required to present picture identification as part of the application to vote process. The Election Inspector will check the photo and name appearing on the identification to verify the voter’s identity. Acceptable forms of picture identification are:
- Michigan driver's license or Michigan personal identification card
- Driver's license or personal identification card issued by another state
- Federal or state government-issued photo identification
- U.S. passport
- Military identification card with photo
- Student identification with photo (from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education)
- Tribal identification card with photo
Voters who do not have acceptable picture identification or are not in possession of picture identification must sign an affidavit prior to voting.
Permanent Absentee Voter List
Registered voters can be placed on the City of Brighton's Permanent Absentee Voter List. Please contact the City Clerk. Once you are added to the list, you will automatically receive an application for an Absentee Ballot approximately six weeks prior to each election.
Deadlines for receiving an absentee voter's ballot:
- The Clerk's Office will mail absentee ballots until 5:00 p.m. Friday prior to an election
- The Clerk's Office will issue a ballot in person (ballot must be voted at the Clerk's Office) until 4:00 p.m. the Monday prior to an election
- Emergency absent voter ballot can be issued until 4:00 p.m. on Election Day (must be voted at the Clerk's office)
Michigan Voter Information Center
Visit the State of Michigan Voter Information Center (MVIC) for all your election needs at: http://michigan.gov/vote
This site provides information on:
- Voter Registration Status
- Upcoming elections
- Polling location and map
- Voting equipment
- Absentee Voting
- Sample Ballots
Michigan Secretary of State also offers a wide variety of on line services for branch office transactions. You can visit their web site at: Direct Link http://michigan.gov/sos
If you are living outside the U.S., you may send a Federal Postcard Application to register to vote. This application is distributed through U.S. embassies and military bases. It also serves as a way to request an absentee ballot.
Where do I Vote?
Click here for a detailed list for City of Brighton polling locations.