Voting Information

covid-19 update

Upcoming Elections - Primary on Tuesday, August 4

All polling places will be open for voting on Election Day for voters who choose not to request an Absentee Ballot. The Clerk's Office is ensuring election procedures maximize the safety of election workers and voters alike, while maintaining accessibility of the voting process. To help prepare voters to safely navigate Election Day, we have implemented the Canton – Safe Vote Plan.

The last day to register to vote by mail, or with any designated voter registration agency (e.g. County Clerk, Secretary of State Branch Office, etc.), for the August 4 election was Monday, July 20, 2020. After this date, voters can still register in-person at the Township Clerk's Office with proof of residency until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

The Clerk's Office will be open for in-person voter registration and absentee ballot requests on Saturday, August 1, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Voters registering to vote within 14 days of an election will be required to provide proof of residency.

Voter Registration

Township residents can register to vote in-person at the Clerk’s Office during regular business hours through 8 pm on Election Day. Voters registering to vote in-person during the last 14 days prior to an Election will be required to provide proof of residency.

Voter registration is also accepted at any Secretary of State Branch Office, the Wayne County Clerk’s Office, as well as by mail, until 15 days before each election. During the 14 days prior to each election, voters are required to register in-person with the Clerk’s Office and provide proof of residency.

Voters who have moved within the Township of Canton can update their address at any Secretary of State Branch Office, online, or in-person at the Clerk’s Office. 

Accessible Voting

Ballot marking devices are available to all voters with special accommodations for hearing, visual, physical and other disabilities. This provides voters the opportunity to independently vote a ballot in complete privacy. This 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. The completed ballot is then fed into a tabulator, which scans and records the votes. 

Any voter may also obtain an absentee ballot for any election. To request an application for absentee ballot be mailed to you for all future elections, please click the link below: 

Voting Requirements

Every Michigan voter who offers to vote at the polls must show picture identification or sign an affidavit attesting they are not in possession of picture identification. (MCL 168.523)

Voters can satisfy the ID requirement by showing a Michigan driver’s license or a Michigan personal identification card. Voters who do not possess either document may show any of the following forms of picture ID as long as it is current:

  • Driver’s license or personal ID card from another state
  • Federal or state government-issued photo ID
  • U.S. passport
  • Military identification card with photo
  • Student identification card with photo
  • Tribal identification card with photo

IMPORTANT - Voters without ID will not be turned away on Election Day. Michigan Election law anticipates not all voters will have picture ID. Voters who do not have acceptable picture ID can vote like any other voter by signing an affidavit. 

Polling location

Residents vote at their assigned polling place for every election unless notified by mail of an alternate location. Residents can check their polling location information via the Michigan Voter Information site.