This election season, Van Dyke Horn is working with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (ACLU) to support the get-out-the-vote efforts with a focus on historically disenfranchised communities across Michigan.

On Sept. 24, the first of early voting, VDH organized a press conference to kick-off the “40 Days of Voting,” campaign with Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and a diverse cross-section the coalition. The press conference took place in front of the “VOTE” mural on the side of the ACLU Michigan building, which is one of six murals across the state designed to bring attention to and participation in voting.

Through this campaign, stakeholders across the state are learning how convenient and safe it is to vote early this year, no matter if it’s in-person or at-home. Likewise, Van Dyke Horn strongly encourages all our colleagues and the community to get out to vote! Check out our best tips below to start your safe and efficient voting process in this year’s General Election.


Become an Eligible Voter.

The first critical step is to get registered to vote in the state of Michigan! If you know a Michigander who is eligible to vote, make sure they do so by October 19 at But we recommend doing this now; this is a necessary step no matter how or who you plan to vote for this year. Starting on Oct. 20 through 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, you must register to vote in person at your city or township clerk’s office and provide proof of residency. 


Voting Absentee At-Home.

Now through October 19, all eligible Michigan voters can now submit an online or a paper application for an absentee ballot for the November 3 General Election here.

If you plan to submit your completed absentee ballot by mailing it to your clerk, put it in the mail by October 20 to be sure it arrives on time. After Oct 20, drop off your completed absentee voter ballot at your city or township clerk’s office or the ballot drop-box provided by your clerk.


Voting Absentee In-Person.

Do you prefer in-person voting instead? Don’t worry. Now through November 2, registered voters can vote early at their city or township clerk’s office(s). And from October 31 to November 1, all Michigan clerks’ offices must be open for at least eight hours for in-person absentee voting—so there’s no excuse to not vote anymore! Click here to find your clerk’s office and learn operation hours.


Voting Traditionally In-Person.

While we are encouraging all Michiganders to vote early, the important thing is to vote! If you prefer to vote in person on Nov. 3, polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time on November 3, 2020. Please remember to vote at your polling location, as determined by your current living address. (If you need a refresher on the location, click here.)

For more information on mail-in ballots, same-day registration or ways to safely cast your vote before election day, visit


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