Absentee Ballots Polling Place Information Voter Registration Accessible Voting Voting Requirements UM Students
Absentee ballots are mailed beginning approximately 5-6 weeks before each election. Voters must submit a signed application each election in order to receive a ballot. Ballots are not sent automatically! Please note that when mailing voted ballots back to the City Clerk, additional postage may be required.
Avoid the lines on Election Day. If you meet one of the following criteria, you are eligible to apply for an absentee ballot:
- 60 years of age or older
- absent from the community on Election Day
- physically unable to vote at the polls without assistance of another person
- unable to attend the polls because of religious beliefs
- appointed a poll worker in a precinct other than your own
- confined to jail awaiting trial or arraignment
Check the status of your absentee ballot request at www.michigan.gov/vote
All returned absentee ballot envelopes are processed and tabulated on Election Day. Absentee ballots are counted by an absent voter counting board and the votes are applied to each voter's assigned ward and precinct along with all of the in-person votes cast on Election Day.
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 during regular business hours beginning four weeks before each election or during special hours on the last Saturday before each election (8am to 2pm). The final deadline to apply for an absentee ballot in person is 4pm, 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, voters may call to request an application be sent by mail, apply in person at City Hall, return the application form, linked above, to the City Clerk via email, US mail or fax. Voters requesting and picking up absentee ballots in person at the City Clerk's Office will be subject to the Michigan voter identification requirement. Ballots issued in person are only given to the voter. Spouses and family members may return applications, but may not pick up the unvoted ballots for each other. A drop box is also available in the lobby of the Larcom City Hall building located at 301 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 for applications and ballots.
Permanent Absent Voter List
For those voters who qualify and regularly vote by absentee ballot, a permanent list is available to sign up and receive absentee ballot applications by mail automatically each election. The applications for those on the permanent list are sent out 6-8 weeks prior to each election. In order to receive a ballot, voters on the permanent list must still complete and sign the application each election. Call or email the City Clerk's Office for more information or to sign up!
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 via the Michigan Voter Information site.
City residents can register to vote in person at the City Clerk's Office. 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, online at ExpressSOS.org or in person at the City Clerk's Office.
Voters with disabilities can vote privately and independently using the Touch Writer, Voter Assist Terminal. The Touch Writer 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 Touch Writer touch screen features magnification and contrast features and the audio ballot can be adjusted for speed and volume. The Touch Writer 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 Touch Writer. The equipment is currently available at the Scarlett Middle School 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or send an email to
For more information about available Election Day resources for persons with disabilities, including the AAATA's A-Ride program, please visit the city's disability resources page.
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 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 not 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.
University of Michigan Students
Students at the University of Michigan who register to vote in Ann Arbor will be assigned to one of several polling places on or near campus and will receive a voter registration card in the mail. Registrations can be updated annually if students move residences from year to year.
Assigned Polling Places for UM Residence Halls.pdf
First time voters in the State of Michigan who register to vote by mail will be subject to a Must Vote In Person status the first time they vote. The MVIP status can be removed by registering to vote in person at any Secretary of State Branch Office or at the County or City Clerk's Office or by applying for absentee ballots in person at the Ann Arbor City Clerk's Office.
On Election Day, all voters are required to provide photo ID or sign an affidavit (see above section on Photo ID.) A University of Michigan Student ID (MCard) is acceptable photo ID!
Peak voting hours at campus precincts tend to begin around 10 am and increase throughout the day. There are less waits in the early morning hours between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.
Check your Voter Registration Status and polling place information before Election Day at www.Michigan.gov/vote !