LANSING, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — Michigan residents wanting to vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election have one last day to register.
Tuesday is the deadline.
“If registration is the pre-courser to voter turnout then making sure that your voters are registered is an important first step before you actually get to the decision of who you are going to vote for,” said John Clark, a political science professor at Western Michigan University.
Applicants must be 18 years old by Election Day and be U.S. citizens. Voters can register by mail or in person at their county, city or township clerk’s office or by visiting any Secretary of State branch.
A day before the deadline to register to vote, Hillary Clinton made a stop in Michigan to push her base to make sure they were registered. Clark said a voter registration push by Clinton isn’t surprising.
“Because younger people and relatively poor people are less likely to be registered, that also often times feeds into the Democratic voting base which gives them an extra incentive to get people registered and then turn out for the election itself,” said Clark.
The mail-in form is available at www.michigan.gov/elections. Residents can check their registration status here.