Absentee Ballots Polling Place Information Ballot Boxes Voter Registration Accessible Voting Voting Requirements UM Students
Ballot Marking Instructions
Completely fill the box opposite your choice as shown, using a blue or black ink pen.
Straight Ticket: Vote the party of your choice. This allows you to vote for all of the candidates of one party with a single vote.
Split Ticket: You may vote a straight ticket AND vote for individual candidates of your choice in specific races. The individual votes for candidates will be counted when different than the straight party vote.
Mixed Ticket: Vote for the individual candidates of your choice in each office without selecting a party choice.
Non-Partisan and Proposal Sections of the ballot need to be voted separately.
Do NOT vote for more candidates that indicated under each office.
Write-In candidates: To vote for a candidate whose name is not on the ballot, write the name of the candidate in the blank space provided and darken the oval next to the write-in name. Do NOT cast a write-in vote for a candidate already on the ballot for that office.
Be sure to check both sides of the ballot!
If you make a mistake, you may request a replacement ballot!
Returning your Absent Voter Ballot
A recent court ruling has reversed a prior decision to allow receipt of postmarked ballots after Election Day. Voters MUST return ballots no later than 8 p.m. on Election. The City Clerk's Office recommends that voters return ballots in advance of Election Day, and no later than Election Night at 8 p.m. Voters can return ballots in person at City Hall or via mail or other courier.
The City Clerk's Office has an indoor ballot drop box in the north vestibule of City Hall as well as a new large drop box on Ann Street for drive-up convenience. These ballot boxes are accessible 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. We recommend that voters use the drop boxes or hand-deliver to the City Clerk's Office on the 2nd Floor during the last week before the election to ensure delivery and receipt by Election Day.
Ballot Drop Box Locations
Any Ann Arbor resident voting absentee can return their ballot in one of the secure drop boxes. Following is a list of all drop box locations (or view the map at https://www.a2gov.org/departments/city-clerk/Elections/Documents/offical_ballot_drop_box_map%202020.pdf (PDF)); directional signage at some outdoor locations will provide guidance to the boxes:
Larcom City Hall, 301 E. Huron St., always open — Located inside the building, at the north entrance.
*Larcom City Hall, on Ann Street — Located outside the building by the customer service drop box, on the north side of Ann Street, just east of Fifth Avenue.
*Veterans Memorial Park Ice Arena and Pool, 2150 Jackson Ave. — Parking lot.
*Ann Arbor Fire Station 5, 1946 Beal Ave. — Outside.
*Cobblestone Farm/Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Customer Service Center, 2781 Packard Road — Outside.
*Ann Arbor Fire Station 6, 1881 Briarwood Circle — Northwest side of building, Eisenhower entrance, outside.
*New satellite Ann Arbor City Clerk's Office: University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S. State St., 10 a.m.–7 p.m. only — Located inside in the Stenn Gallery on the first floor. Please note, entrance is permitted only following clearance from COVID-19 health screening, which will be conducted by personnel onsite. For more information on this satellite office, visit https://www.a2gov.org/news/pages/article.aspx?i=734.
Absentee Ballot Applications sent to All Registered Voters in Ann Arbor
The Michigan Secretary of State’s Office mailed all registered voters in the State of Michigan absentee ballot application forms by mail in early June. These absentee ballot application forms contained an option to receive ballots in the mail for both the August 4th Primary and the November 3rd General Elections. Voters who completed these forms requesting ballots for both elections, or any other request form, do not need to reapply for a November ballot. Active voters who did not apply for an August and November ballot over the summer will be a sent another application form by the City Clerk's Office in early September. This form will allow voters to request a General Election ballot. Any voter registered in the City of Ann Arbor who is interested in receiving a ballot by mail should return a completed signed application to the City Clerk by mail or in person at 301 E. Huron Street, 2nd Floor, Ann Arbor 48104; by fax at 734-994-8296; or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Faxed and emailed forms can be in any file format (PDF,JPEG, etc), but must include the voter’s signature. Voters no longer need a reason to receive a ballot by mail in advance of Election Day.
NEW! Voters with a Michigan driver's license of State ID can apply online for a ballot here!
Voters who have returned application forms to the City Clerk can expect ballots to be available and mailed beginning September 24.
What to do if you receive an absentee ballot application for someone who no longer lives at your address:
If you receive an application for someone who no longer lives at your address, please mark the envelope as "Not at this address" or "Return to Sender" and place it back in the mail. This will assist us in the process of updating our voter list. You may also email us at email@example.com
with any information you have, such as the voter's new address or updated information, so we can better respond.
Once information is received that a voter may no longer reside at the address listed on their voter record, a multi-step voter notification process begins before the voter registration can be legally cancelled. Confirmation from the voter directly will speed up this process of cancellation; otherwise it may take up to two even-year election cycles to remove the voter. This process is in place to ensure that no voter is removed from the voter file in error.
Absentee Ballot Envelopes - Postage Paid for November 3!
With support from the Michigan Secretary of State and federal CARES Act funding, absentee ballot return envelopes for the November 3 General Election are postage paid return. The USPS recommends mailing ballots at least 7 days in advance of the election.
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.
Absentee Ballots - Vote from Home!
Absentee ballots are mailed beginning 45 days before each election for voters outside the U.S. and 40 days prior to Election Day for all other voters. Voters must submit a signed application each election in order to receive a ballot. Ballots are not sent automatically!
Avoid the lines on Election Day. With the passage of Proposal 3 in November 2018, a reason is no longer required for requesting an Absentee Ballot. All registered voters may now vote from home.
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 below, to the City Clerk via email, US mail or fax. An official form is not required. Any written request for an absentee ballot, signed by the voter, will be accepted. 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.
NEW! Voters with a Michigan driver's license of State ID can apply online for a ballot here!
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 Friday 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 forty days before each election or during special hours on the last Saturday before each election. 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.
The Ann Arbor City Clerk's Office will be open for in-person voter registration and absentee ballot requests on Saturday, October 31, 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.
Automatic Absent Voter Application List
Voters can request to be added to the Automatic Absent Voter Application List to receive absentee ballot applications by mail automatically each election. The applications for those on the permanent list are sent out approximately 8 weeks prior to each election. In order to receive a ballot, voters must still complete and sign an application each election.
Please complete the Automatic Absent Voter Application List Sign Up Form online or call or email the City Clerk's Office to sign up!
Additional information regarding the Automatic Absent Voter Application List can be found on our Automatic Absent Voter List Frequently Asked Question Sheet. (PDF)
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 during regular business hours. Registrations for upcoming elections can be made in-person at the City Clerk's Office through 8pm on Election Day. Voters registering to vote in-person during the last 14 days prior to an Election will be required to provide proof of residency.
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, as well as by mail, until 15 days before each election. During the 14 days prior to each election, voters will need to register to vote in-person with the City Clerk's Office and provide proof of residency.
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.
Any voter may also 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, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or sign-up online here.
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
Satellite City Clerk Office at UM Museum of Art (UMMA)
Beginning, Tuesday, September 22, the City Clerk's Office, in partnership with the University of Michigan Museum of Art, will be open for the community to register to vote, request absentee ballots (no-reason needed!) and drop off voted ballots. The satellite office is open M-F, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Stenn Gallery on the first floor. The satellite office will also be open Saturdays, October 24 and 31 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday, November 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, November 3 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. After 4 p.m. Monday, November 2, ballots are only available to those registering in person.
During the 14 days prior to each election, voters will need to register to vote in-person at the satellite office or at the City Clerk's Office and provide proof of residency. Proof of residency can be provided using digital documentation, including records from your Wolverine Access account. Register before October 20 and avoid the proof of residency requirement!
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)
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.
University of Michigan students - all Michigan residents are entitled to vote an absent voter ballot, without needing a reason, including YOU! For more information about voting "early" or absentee, see our information on absentee ballots.
Check your Voter Registration Status and polling place information before Election Day at www.Michigan.gov/vote !