Register to Vote


To register to vote you must be 

  • a U.S citizen;
  • at least 18 years of age by election day, and 
  • a resident of Michigan and the city or township where you are applying to vote

To check if you are registered, visit the Michigan Voter Information Center

UPDATE: New Rules for May 5, 2020 Election

In-person registration discouraged - Online Recommended

As of March 27, 2020, under Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-28, the May 5th election will be conducted primarily by mail, polling places are eliminated.

Due to the current COVID-19 health crisis, clerks will not be establishing precinct-based polling places for the May 5 election. Instead, the election will be conducted by mail, with the exception that on Election Day. Portage City Hall will be available to allow voters, including voters with disabilities who are inhibited from voting an absent voter ballot remotely, to receive and submit their ballots.

Unregistered but eligible voters seeking to participate in the May 5th election will be strongly encouraged to register by mail or online more than 14 days prior to the Election and strongly discouraged from registering in-person. Voters will be strongly encouraged to contact the City Clerk’s Office before attempting to register to vote in person if they have to do so. 

Under the Governor’s Executive Order, unregistered but eligible voters also have the option to register online or by mail in the 14 days prior to Election Day by then emailing or mailing a copy of residency verification documents to the City Clerk at or 

7900 South Westnedge Avenue

Portage, MI 49002

Application & Rules  

You may register to vote at the Office of the City Clerk or any Michigan Secretary of State Branch Office.

Voters may also register within 14 days of an election, up to and including Election Day, only through the following:

  1. Must be done in person at the Office of the City Clerk, and
  2. Must show proof of residency in addition to proof of identity (or an ID that proves both).

By law, voters must be 30-day residents of a jurisdiction to be qualified to vote in that jurisdiction.