Jacqueline Beaudry, City Clerk
Check the status of your voter registration, find your polling place and view your sample ballot at www.michigan.gov/vote!
City Elections are held in the City of Ann Arbor every year. Elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in August (Primary) and November (General). Special elections may be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in May or the fourth Tuesday in February as needed. The City Clerk is the City's chief elections officer and is responsible for the administration of all City Elections.
Polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on election days.
Voter registration forms and absentee ballot requests can be faxed to 734-994-8296 or emailed to email@example.com. A drop box is also available in City Hall for ballots, applications and other Clerk's Office forms.
Main Street Area Business Improvement Zone (BIZ) Notice of Election - NEW!
On April 7, 2014, the Ann Arbor City Council adopted a resolution to approve the Main Street Area Business Improvement Zone (BIZ) and Zone Plan and ordered an election pursuant to Michigan Public Act 120 of 1961 to allow eligible property owners to adopt or decline to adopt the proposal to establish the BIZ. Copies of the proposed BIZ Plan are available at the link below or in the Office of the Ann Arbor City Clerk. The election is a mail-only election. All eligible property owners were mailed a ballot on April 18 and have until May 19, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. to return the ballot to the City Clerk.
Main Street Area Business Improvement (BIZ) Zone Plan
For specific information on upcoming elections, click on the link below.
Partisan Candidate Filing Deadline Change - NEW!
Effective January 1, 2014, Michigan Election Law has changed. Beginning with the 2014 elections, the partisan filing deadline will be on the 15th Tuesday prior to the Primary Election. The filing deadline in 2014 for partisan candidates is Tuesday, April 22 at 4:00 p.m.
Temporary Polling Place Change for Precinct 1-7 Voters NEW!
City Council recently approved a temporary polling place relocation for voters in Precinct 1-7 (Pierpont Commons). Due to summer construction and remodeling at Pierpont Commons on North Campus, 1-7 Voters will temporarily be reassigned to the Northwood Community Center (Family Housing) at 1000 McIntyre for the May 6 Special Election and the August 5 Primary Election. Registered voters in this precinct received postcards by first class mail notifying them of this temporary change. Precinct 1-7 will return to its home at Pierpont Commons, 2101 Bonisteel, for the November 4, 2014 General Election!
New Polling Place for Precinct 2-8 Voters NEW!
City Council recently approved a new polling place for voters in Precinct 2-8. Effective with the November 5, 2013 City General Election, voters assigned to Precinct 2-8 will vote at the First United Methodist Church at 1001 Green Road. Registered voters in this precinct can expect to see new voter ID cards in the mail in late August. Thank you to St. Paul's Lutheran School for the many years of hosting this polling site!
Voters with disabilities can now vote privately and independently using the AutoMARK Voter Assist Terminal. The AutoMARK is a ballot-marking device that voters can use to assist with marking a traditional paper ballot. Voters can use the machine to mark their ballot through the use of large font touch screen, Braille keypad and audio headset, or with the aid of their own personal sip/puff device or foot pedal that can be plugged into a port on the front of the terminal. The AutoMARK touch screen features magnification and contrast features and the audio ballot can be adjusted for speed and volume. The AutoMARK is available for all voters to use in every City polling place.
A sip/puff device with disposable straws and a foot/hand pedal is available for use at City polling places on Election Day for voters in need and/or if a voter's own personal equipment does not work with AutoMARK. The equipment is currently available at the University Townhomes polling place. For arrangements at other polling places, please contact the City Clerk's Office at 734-794-6140 to avoid Election Day delays.
All voters with disabilities are entitled by law to obtain an absentee ballot for any election. (See absentee ballot information above.) To request an application for absentee ballot be mailed to you for all future City elections, please call the City Clerk at 734-794-6140 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about available Election Day resources for persons with disabilities, including the AATA's A-Ride program, please visit the City's Disability Resources page.
City residents can register to vote in person at the City Clerk's Office - 2nd Floor of City Hall or by mail to 301 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor 48104. Voter registration is also accepted at any Secretary of State Branch Office, the Washtenaw County Clerk's Office, designated State agencies such as Family Independence Agencies or military branch offices.
City residents who have moved within the City of Ann Arbor can update their address at any Secretary of State Branch Office or in-person at the City Clerk's Office. Call 734-794-6140 for more information.
Michigan Voter Registration Form (pdf)
Voter Photo ID Required on Election Day
Every Michigan voter who offers to vote in the polls must comply with the requirement by showing picture identification or signing an affidavit attesting that he or she is not in possession of picture identification. (See MCL 168.523 for voter identification requirement.)
Voters with picture ID: Voters can satisfy the ID requirement by showing a Michigan driver’s license or a Michigan personal identification card.
Voters who do not possess either document may show any of the following forms of picture ID as long as it is current:
• Driver’s license or personal ID card issued by another state.
• Federal or state government-issued photo ID.
• U.S. passport.
• Military identification card with photo.
• Student identification with photo from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education.
• Tribal identification card with photo.
IMPORTANT - Voters without ID will not be turned away on Election Day! Michigan Election law anticipates that not all voters will have picture ID. Voters who do have acceptable picture ID or who forgot to bring acceptable picture ID to the polls can vote like any other voter by signing an affidavit.
Applications for absentee ballots are accepted by mail beginning 75 days prior to each election. Registered voters can apply for an absentee ballot by mail until the Saturday just prior to the election. Registered voters can also apply for and vote an absentee ballot in-person at the City Clerk's Office on the day before each election (Monday). A signed application must be received by the City Clerk before an absentee ballot will be issued. To obtain an absentee ballot, call the City Clerk at 734-794-6140 or complete the attached form and mail or hand deliver it to the City Clerk at 301 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. You may also fax the form to 734-994-8296 or scan and email it to email@example.com.
Voters requesting and picking up absentee ballots in person at the City Clerk's Office will be subject to the Michigan voter identification requirement.
All returned absentee ballot envelopes are sent to the precincts on Election Day for processing and tabulation. Your absentee ballot is counted in your assigned ward and precinct or at an Absent Voter Counting Board along with all of the in-person votes cast on election day!
Running for City Office
Municipal elections in the City of Ann Arbor are open and PARTISAN. Candidates' political party affiliations are listed on the ballot. However, it is not necessary to declare political party preference in order to vote in a primary election in the City of Ann Arbor. To vote in any city election, you must be a qualified voter in the State of Michigan and the City of Ann Arbor. For information on becoming a candidate for Mayor or City Council, click on the link below or contact the City Clerk's Office directly.
Filing for City Office - Information and Dates
Polling Place Information
City Residents vote at their assigned polling place for every election unless notified by mail of an alternate location. Residents can check their polling location information on the Ann Arbor Voter Information link below . The Ann Arbor Voter Information also provides information on ward-precinct assignments and City Councilmembers.