Voting 101

Hello! These are links compiled by the K Votes team. Please let us know if you have any questions or issues! (email: emily.kowey@kzoo.edu)

We have specific links for the top three states that K Students are from. If your state is not one of these, you can use the third party links, they are safe. If you feel more comfortable using your state’s website, search for your state’s Secretary of State website and go to the elections tab.

Links to Register to Vote:

Register to vote in the state of Michigan: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/RegisterVoter/Index

Register to vote in the state of Illinois: https://ova.elections.il.gov/

Register to vote in the state of California: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration

Register to vote in any state: https://www.rockthevote.org/how-to-vote/register-to-vote/?source=rtv.org-topnav

Links to Find Your Polling Place:

Find your polling place in Michigan: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/Voter/Index

Find your polling place in Illinois: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/Voter/Index

Find your polling place in California: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/polling-place/

Find your polling place: https://voterguide.rockthevote.org/polling-lookup

Links to Find Out What’s on Your Ballot:

View a Michigan sample ballot: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/PublicBallot/Index

Sample Ballot from Ballotpedia: https://ballotpedia.org/Sample_Ballot_Lookup

Voting Guides by State from Campus Elections Engagement Program: https://campuselect.org/voter-education/candidate-issue-guides

Links to Request an Absentee Ballot:

Request a Michigan absentee ballot: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/AVApplication/Index

Track your MI absentee ballot: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/Voter/Index

Request an Illinois absentee ballot: https://www.elections.il.gov/Election/VotingByMail

You do not need to apply for an absentee ballot to be sent if you are a registered CA voter, it will be sent AUTOMATICALLY. More information here: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/vote-mail/#vote-by-mail

Track your CA absentee ballot: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-status

Request an absentee ballot if you’re an American overseas: https://www.fvap.gov/

Request an absentee ballot for any state: https://www.vote.org/absentee-ballot/

State by State updates on how they’re changing absentee rules: https://ballotpedia.org/Changes

Combating Voter Suppression:

Know your rights: https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/voting-rights/#someone-is-interfering-with-my-right-to-vote

Report intimidation to the Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE or 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)

Report intimidation to your local election officials (find their information at https://www.usa.gov/election-office)

Kalamazoo Information

Secretary of State Office:

3298 Stadium Drive
Kalamazoo, MI. 49008

City of Kalamazoo Clerk’s Office:

Scott Borling, City Clerk
241 W. South St. 
Room 104
Kalamazoo, MI. 49007

Not sure who your local clerk is, what precinct you are in, or where to vote? 
Check out the Michigan Voter Information Center! A great online tool that will provide you with all that information, and more, as well as let you view your sample ballot!

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