Step-by-Step process for registering to vote

Grahm Staib, Writer

Seniors (and maybe Juniors), our local elections are upon us, with the deadline to register being Oct. 21. This election determines whether or not the Fenton Area Public School sinking fund will be renewed or not. Also, in the near future is the presidential primary elections for the state of Michigan, the deadline to register is Feb. 24, 2020. In order to vote in either election you must meet the following criteria:

  • Must have been a resident of Michigan, and a member of m  the city or township you are applying to register to vote for at least 30 days before election day
  • At least 18 years of age by election day
  • Not serving a sentence in jail or prison

If you meet those criteria then you are ready to make your first step to register to vote. There are many ways to get an application, including going to a Secretary of State (SOS) office, going to town hall, and the most common way is to go to the SOS website where a printable version is available.

Once you have obtained your application, you will need your driver’s license or personal ID card, and a blue or black pen to write the information down. You will then write down your driver’s license or personal ID number on the application. This is to ensure you are a citizen and eligible to vote.

You will fill-in basic information about yourself such as your address, date of birth, gender, phone number, and email. Then at the bottom of the application, you must sign your name and the date.

You have now finished your application and on your final step of registration. Now, send or drop off the application to your city or township clerk. Remember, there is a difference between the City of Fenton and Fenton Township. 

If you live in the City of Fenton, your application must be sent to 301 S Leroy St. Fenton, Michigan 48430. 

If you live in Fenton Township, your application must be sent to 12060 Mantawauka Drive. Fenton, Michigan 48430.

Congratulations, you are now registered to vote. On Nov. 5, you will vote at your local precinct for the local elections; On March 10, you will vote at your local precinct for the primary elections. You can find your polling location on the Secretary of State website.