City Elections are held in the City of Ann Arbor every even year. Elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in August (Primary) and November (General). Polling places are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on election days. The City Clerk is the City's chief elections officer and is responsible for the administration of all City Elections.
The next election in the City of Ann Arbor is the Statewide Primary Election on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. More details coming soon. There is not a special election in May in Ann Arbor.
NEW! Filing petitions during City Hall closure due to COVID-19 virus
To slow the spread of COVID-19, City Hall and the City Clerk's Office are closed through April 13, 2020 for in-person business. Staff will be in the office for very limited periods of time and we will not always be able to answer the phone or be immediately available. We are still monitoring voicemail and checking our firstname.lastname@example.org email address daily.
Candidates who would like to file petitions during this time, please contact us via email or voice message and request an appointment. The City Clerk will meet you at City Hall to accept and receive your filing.
For candidates who have not yet pulled petitions and would still like to do so, please email or call us and we will mail you a packet of information.
We will continue to update this information as the partisan filing deadline, April 21 at 4:00 p.m., approaches, and we thank you for your patience as our community works through this difficult time.
Artists Wanted! - “I Voted” Sticker Design Contest
It’s time to get creative! Your
design could be chosen to help promote voting in Ann Arbor. And as if that
wasn’t already enough, the winner in each of the three categories will also
receive a prize!
You don’t have to submit a design to participate. The
public will be invited to vote on the final design entries. Please visit the “I
Voted” Sticker Design Contest page for more information and for
instructions on how to enter the contest.
Absentee Ballot Envelopes - New for 2020!
Michigan's absentee ballot envelopes have changed with a new design and all new look. Don't miss them coming to a mailbox near you soon! All ballots being sent to voters via the mail will now come in a white and blue envelope. The ballot inside has not changed, but the return envelope is also new, with a white and green design. The Post Office has been alerted to the new look and we hope this will alleviate any delivery mistakes - green envelopes come back to City Hall for processing! Please contact the City Clerk's Office if you have any questions about your absentee ballot or if you need to apply for one.
Permanent Polling Place Change, Ward 1, Precincts 1 and 12 (1-1 and 1-12) Relocated to Michigan Union
The City Clerk's Office has been notified by the University of Michigan that the Michigan Union, located at 530 S. State Street, which has been under renovation for nearly two years, will reopen in January 2020. Voters assigned to these Precincts (Ward 1, Precinct 1 and 12) will be permanently relocated back to the Michigan Union, beginning with the March 10, 2020 Presidential Primary. All affected voters in Precincts 1-1 and 1-12 will receive a new voter ID card alerting them of the new polling place assignment. Voters can look for the cards in mid January. Please email or call the City Clerk for more information.
Permanent Polling Place Change, Ward 1, Precinct 4 (1-4) Relocated to City Hall, 301 E. Huron Street
Voters previously assigned to Precinct 1-4 at Second Baptist Church, 850 Red Oak Drive, will be assigned to City Hall, 301 E. Huron Street, beginning with the March 10, 2020 Presidential Primary. All affected voters in Precinct 1-4 will receive a new voter ID Card alerting them of the new polling place assignment. Voters can look for the cards in mid January. Please email or call the City Clerk for more information.
Permanent Polling Place Change, Ward 5, Precinct 3 (5-3) Relocated to Ann Arbor Open at Mack, 920 Miller Avenue
Voters previously assigned to Precinct 5-3 at Second Baptist Church, 850 Red Oak Drive, will be assigned to Ann Arbor Open at Mack, 920 Miller Avenue, beginning with the March 10, 2020 Presidential Primary. All affected voters in Precinct 5-3 will receive a new voter ID Card alerting them of the new polling place assignment. Voters can look for the cards in mid January. Please email or call the City Clerk for more information.
Upcoming Elections - Presidential Primary on March 10, 2020
The last day to register to vote by mail, or with any designated voter registration agency (e.g. County Clerk, Secretary of State Branch Office, etc.), for the March 10 Presidential Primary is February 24, 2020. After this date, voters can still register in-person at the City Clerk's Office with proof of residency until 8:00 P.M. on Election Day.
The Ann Arbor City Clerk's Office will be open for in-person voter registration and absentee ballot requests on Saturday, February 29 and Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Voters registering to vote within 14 days of an election will be required to provide proof of residency.
The Presidential Primary has been designated as a closed primary. There is no political party registration requirement in Michigan Election Law. Any Michigan registered voter can participate in the primary. However, by law, you must make your Presidential Primary ballot selection in writing by completing your Application to Vote on Election Day; or on the Absent Voter Ballot Application if voting absentee. There are three ballots options available: A Democratic Presidential Primary Ballot, a Republican Presidential Primary Ballot, or a Ballot Without Presidential Primary.
WASHTENAW COMMUNITY COLLEGE – 1 PROPOSAL
Shall the limitation on the total amount of taxes which may be imposed on taxable property within the Washtenaw Community College district, State of Michigan, be increased by 1.00 mill ($1.00 per $1,000 of Taxable Valuation) for a period of 10 years, the years, the years 2021 through 2030 inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes? Of the 1.00 mill, 0.9718 represents a renewal of that portion of the 1.00 mill authorization previously approved by the electors as reduced by operation of the Headlee Amendment, and 0.0282 represents new additional millage in the amount equal to the amount reduced by operation of the Headlee Amendment. It is estimated that the 1.00 mill would raise $17,500,000 for the College when first levied in 2021.
Special elections may be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in May as needed, or in August or November of odd-years when regular elections are not normally held.