Michigan Voting Records online consist of voter registration lists. Indexed collections will be the easiest to search; image-only collections will contain the most information.
In the United States voting rights have always come with limitations. In the 1700s and early 1800s, voting rights were restricted primarily to white men who owned property and some states restricted voting rights even further.
During the 1800s voting rights restrictions were gradually reduced and voters didn’t need to own property and, after 1870, race was not a qualification to vote but some states still restricted voting through poll taxes (a tax paid to vote which affected the less affluent), literacy tests, all-white primaries, and language requirements.
The 1900s saw the greatest expansion of voting rights including:
rights were extended to women (1920)
the Voting Rights Acts to prevent additional prohibitive voting laws (1965)
poll taxes were banned in the U.S. by the Supreme Court (1966)
the right to vote for anyone 18 years old or older (1971)
protection for language minorities (1975)
protection for people with disabilities (1982)
and simplified voter registration (1993).
Voting records may include:
physical description of person
place of birth
citizenship status, if naturalized, date, court
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Michigan Voting Records online
Brownstown Township – Voting Registers – Register of Electors, at FS
Bunker Hill Township – Voting Registers – Registration of Electors, 1859-1882, at FS
Mottville Township – Voting Registers – Mottville Township Records, St. Joseph County, Michigan, 1837-1952, at FS
Otsego Township – Poll list – Otsego Township poll lists – November 2 and 3, 1840 : Otsego Township poll lists – special election, December 24, 1840, at FS
Otisco Township – Voting Registers – Register of Electors, 1859-1882, 1890-1918, at FS
Plainfield Township – Poll list – Poll list of Plainfield (now Gun Plains) Township : Allegan County Michigan – 1839 – 1840 – 1841, at FS
Saline – Voting Registers – Register of Electors, 1882-1919, at FS
White Pigeon – Voting Registers – Mottville Township Records, St. Joseph County, Michigan, 1837-1952, at FS