No one should ask you questions while you are in line to vote.
If anyone asks you any questions — such as, may I see your
identification? Is your child support up to date? Do you have a
criminal record? — they are violating the law. Do not answer
their questions. Do not leave. Tell an election official inside
that someone bothered you while you were waiting to vote.

You may bring voting information inside the polling place with
you. Just don’t display it to other voters.

If your name is not on the voter list, you must show ID or your
vote will not be counted on election day. If your name is not on
the voter list, you can refuse to show ID and will be given a
ballot, but it will not be counted on election day, because of the
way Congress wrote the Help America Vote law. So to be sure your
vote is counted, show your ID if your name isn’t on the list.
If your name is on the list, no ID is required.

If you have been convicted of a crime, you still have the right
to vote in Michigan, as long as you are not now in jail or
prison.

Michigan law does NOT allow you to use an absentee ballot if you
are voting for the first time and did not register in person with
the clerk or secretary of state.

If you registered by Internet, by mail, through a volunteer
registration drive or at a kiosk, you were NOT registered in
person. If you will need to vote by absentee ballot, check with
your clerk or the secretary of state to see if there is any way you
will be allowed to vote absentee.

— State Sen. Liz Brater provided the above tips in a
piece she wrote for the Daily earlier this month.

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