Step 1: Sadly, you cannot register to vote online in Michigan, so you'll have to mail in a paper copy of the voter registration form. You can download a copy of that form here: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/MIVoterRegistration_97046_7.pdf.
Step 2: You'll need to turn 18 by August 6 to vote in the primary election or by November 5 to vote in the general election. However, you can register to vote ahead of time even if you're only 17 right now! Also, make sure that you mail your registration form at least 15 days ahead of time - that means July 21 if you want to vote in the August 6 Primary Election, or October 20 for the November 5 General Election.
Step 3: Once you've filled out your registration form, place it in a stamped envelope addressed to "Marquette City Clerk, 300 W Baraga Ave., Marquette, MI 49855." You can also register to vote on the spot whenever you're doing any business at the Michigan Secretary of State's office - just ask them about it!
Step 4: Congratulations! You're now registered to vote in the City of Marquette. You can check out the polling place locations for each precinct here, and remember to bring your photo ID to the polls. If you forget your ID or don't have one, you can always request a provisional ballot and fill out an affidavit of identity right there at the polls! Polls are open from 7:00am to 8:00pm. If you arrive by 8:00pm you'll be allowed to cast your ballot.
Can't Get to the Polls? Vote Absentee!
Starting this year, all Michigan voters can now request an absentee ballot without needing to provide a specific reason! No matter the reason, if you think you might have trouble getting to the polls on Election Day, voting absentee is simpler than ever before. Here's how to vote absentee:
Step 1: Make sure you're registered to vote in the City of Marquette (see above).
Step 2: Fill out the absentee ballot application (CLICK HERE to download it).
Step 3: Place the completed application in a stamped envelope and mail it to "Marquette City Clerk, 300 W Baraga Ave., Marquette, MI 49855." You can also submit it in person. To make sure it arrives on time, you should mail it at least a week before the election.
Step 4: Complete your ballot and mail it back to the Marquette City Clerk, at the same address listed above. Again, you can also submit it in person. It must arrive at the City Clerk's office by 8pm on August 6 for the Primary Election or 8pm on November 5 for the General Election.