When election time comes around, you need to be registered if you would like to cast your ballot. That's what Voter Registration Day is all about.

The initiative was started back in 2012 to get as many people registered to vote ahead of the fall elections. The campaign has been very successful over the years, with more than 800,000 new voters registered last year. The history is detailed at the National Voter Registration Day website.

There are some qualifications that you must meet before you register to vote.

  • Live in the city or township you are registering in for at least 30 days prior to election.
  • Must be 18 years old prior to election
  • Must not be serving a sentence in jail or prison
  • Must be a legal resident of the US

If you have any questions about your registration status, you can check yourself fairly quickly right here.

If you have any more questions about voting in Michigan, the Secretary of State has a very good step by step guide to registering here.

Just to be clear, today is not the only day you can register to vote. This is just a day assigned to spur voter registration. If you're not able to register today, you can take care of that online at the SOS or most city offices.