Some Quick Voting Reminders This Election Season

Simple rules to make sure you can vote this year

Alfie Jane
4 min readAug 2, 2022


Photo by Elliott Stallion on Unsplash

Today, Michigan is having its primary election. Some candidates will move to November, and others will see their campaigns end.

Some things could get you turned away from the polls without you knowing, and I want to see your vote count. No matter who you vote for, you need to know some rules, so you don’t get turned away. Here are some things to remember.

Bring Everything You Need

Most states require you to bring something to prove you’re you. Sometimes, all you need is your ID. Other states might require proof of address.

If you’re unsure what to bring, call your local election office. They can tell you everything you need.

Watch What You Wear

Did you know you could get turned away from the polls for showing up in a MAGA hat? You could get turned away if you show up in a T-shirt saying, “We should all be feminists.”

One of the rules at the polls is that you can’t show up wearing anything that could influence someone else’s vote. If a poll worker looks at what you’re wearing and suspects it could affect someone else, you could get turned away.

Keep your clothing neutral. It doesn’t have to be with words. It could be clothing with pictures. Avoid the pictures and the words. Your ballot will thank you.

Make Sure You Know If You Can Vote Straight Ticket Or Split Ticket

I know what you’re thinking. What the hell does this mean? Straight ticket voting means you have to vote for one party. A split ticket means you can vote for whoever you want and not stay loyal to a party.

In Michigan, voters don’t have to be registered with a political party, but they require straight-ticket voting in August. If you split your ticket one time, your vote doesn’t count.

Now that you know that, it’s more important than ever to do your research before going to the polls. You’d be surprised how many candidates out there don’t match their party’s principles. There are such things as anti-abortion Democrats, just…



Alfie Jane