Important 2018 Michigan election dates

Running for office? Registering to vote? Know your deadlines for the 2018 election!

Between elections for a wide variety of offices, special elections, and multiple levels of government, it seems we are always voting on something, or if we are not, we are reading about an election in the news. In Michigan though, 2018 is indeed going to be a busy year for campaigns and elections, with many offices being elected including governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state representatives, state senate, county officers and others.

Whether you are thinking of running for one of these offices or trying to be registered to vote, or just want to know what is going on, it is important to keep track of important dates in the election process.

The Michigan Secretary of State has published a Michigan Election Dates Handbook for 2018, which you can read online. It covers filing requirements, offices listed for election, and key deadlines. If you are looking for every date anyone needs to know, make sure to read through the handbook using the link above. If you are just looking for some key dates, here are some of the most important ones to know:

  • April 24, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.: Deadline for most partisan and nonpartisan candidates to file nominating petitions or fees and Affidavit of Identity for the August primary.
  • July 9, 2018: Voter registration deadline for voting in the August primary election.
  • July 19, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.: Deadline for candidates without party affiliation to file qualifying petition and Affidavit of Identity for the November general election.
  • Aug. 7, 2018: State Primary Election
  • Oct. 9, 2018: Voter registration deadline for voting in the November general election.
  • Oct. 26, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.: Write-in candidates must file Declaration of Intent forms for the November general election.
  • Nov. 6, 2018: State General Election

To learn more about filing requirements, offices up for election in 2018, and a more detailed calendar of election dates, visit the Secretary of State website and download the Election Dates Handbook. For voter registration information, visit the Michigan Voter Information Center.

Those in Michigan State University Extension that focus on Government and Public Policy provide various training programs, which are available to be presented in your county.  Contact your local Government and Public Policy educator for more information.

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