Polls are open! Get out and cast your vote by 8 p.m.

Ariana Taylor
The Detroit News

Correction: This story has been corrected to include more valid forms of ID. 

Polls have opened and those who have waited until Election Day to cast a ballot have until 8 p.m. to get to their polling locations or to drop off an absentee ballot.

And there is still time to register: Go to your county clerk's office if you'd like to vote today.

Votes have been streaming in for weeks across Michigan: Nearly 3.4 million people had requested absentee ballots through Saturday, and 2.6 million had returned theirs, according to Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson's office.

Others have made their way to satellite locations for early, in-person voting. 

Here's what voters need to know:

In-person voting

  • Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Wearing a mask will be strongly encouraged at polling locations. All election workers, poll watchers and challengers are required to wear masks. 
  • Voters must provide proof of identification. Those without photo identification can sign an affidavit saying they have an ID and can vote. Valid ID types include: 
    • Michigan driver's license or state ID
    • Driver's license or personal identification card issued by another state
    • Federal or state government-issued photo identification
    • U.S. passport
    • Military ID with photo
    • Student identification with photo from a high school or accredited institution of higher learning
    • Tribal identification card with photo
  • Unregistered voters can register to vote Election Day at their clerk’s office.
  • No campaigning or soliciting of votes is allowed within 100 feet of a polling location.
  • Election-related materials such as shirts, buttons or pamphlets are prohibited from all Michigan polling places.
  • Voting for candidates in different parties is allowed in the general election. Leaving some races without a vote will not invalidate a ballot.
  • Michigan residents in jail or prison who are awaiting arraignment or trial are eligible to vote as well as residents who are released from jail or prison after serving a sentence.

Absentee ballots

  • Absentee ballots should be returned to a valid clerk’s drop box or a clerk’s office by 8 p.m. Election Day on Tuesday.
  • Voters can change their vote after already submitting an absentee ballot if they went to a clerk's office by Monday at 10 a.m. The voter must fill out another absentee ballot and return it by 8 p.m. Tuesday. 
  • An absentee ballot will not be counted unless the voter's signature is on the return envelope and matches the signature on file. Those who had assistance filling out the ballot will need the signature of the person who helped them as well. 
  • Only the voter, a family member or person residing in the voter's household, a mail carrier or an election official is authorized to deliver a signed absent voter ballot to a clerk's office. 
  • If an emergency, such as a sudden illness or family death, prevents a voter from reaching the polls on Election Day, an emergency absentee ballot may be requested. The request must be submitted before 4 p.m. Election Day.  
  • Local clerk offices and polling locations can be found at https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/Voter/Index