Oct. 11 last day to register to vote

Michael Gerstein
The Detroit News

Lansing — The deadline for registering to vote is drawing near: Tuesday, Oct. 11 is the last day to do so in Michigan by person or mail.

Election Day is Nov. 8. U.S. citizens who wish to excercise their political will must also be a resident of the town where they’re registered or are registering to vote, according to the Secretary of State’s office. They must also be at least 18 years old.

While Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton receive the most attention as they campaign to be U.S. president, four other third party candidates also are running for the nation’s highest office.

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, socialist candidate Emidio Mimi Soltysik — who is running on the Natural Law Party ticket — and the Constitution Party’s Darrell Castle — who is running on the U.S. Taxpayers ticket — will also be presidential options on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Voters must obtain a voter registration application from a polling station and submit that application 30 days before an election to vote in that election, making Tuesday the last day to register for Michigan voters.

That application can be delivered by hand or mail to local township or city clerks where one is planning to register. One’s voter registration card, once obtained, will show at which polling location voters are to cast their ballots on Election Day.

Voters must have an “acceptable photo ID” at polls, or sign an affidavit if they don’t have one, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

An “acceptable ID” is either a state-issued driver’s license or personal ID card issued by another state, a federal or state government-issued photo ID, a U.S. passport, military identication card with a photo, student ID card from high school, college or university or a tribal ID card with a photo.

Straight-ticket voting will still be an option on 2016 Michigan ballots after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request to hear an emergency appeal over a court stay on the state’s new law banning straight-ticket ballots.

Any questions about voting can be directed to local city and township clerk’s offices, who are trained in elections procedure. Go to www.michigan.gov/vote for more information and visit the Secretary of State’s Michigan Voter Information Center website to see what your ballot will look like on Nov. 8.

mgerstein@detroitnews.com