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Ann Arbor Shares Information to Prepare for Primary Election Day Tuesday, Aug. 2

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Find out how to register to vote, vote absentee, check polling place lines online and more.

Archived News Release: July 28, 2022 - The Primary Election is Tuesday, Aug. 2; and city polling places will be open 7 a.m.–8 p.m. Registered voters in line by 8 p.m. will be eligible to vote. Voters must show their photo ID to vote. Those who do not have an acceptable photo ID will be required to sign an affidavit in order to vote.​

Find ballot language and candidate information — and complete elections details including in-person voting, absentee voting, voter registration and more — at www.a2gov.org/elections.

The City of Ann Arbor is reminding voters that recent statewide redistricting, a result of the recent census, has brought about changes for some voters, including where they will go to vote. Following is a summary of the changes:

  • All Ann Arbor voters are now in U.S. Congressional District 6, and new State House and Senate districts have also been assigned to Ann Arbor. Some residents will also be assigned to a new County Commissioner District.
  • The precincts have been renumbered, and they are now in consistent chronological order (1–53). So, while you may still be assigned the same precinct and polling location, the number may be slightly different. This new naming convention is a best practice and replaces the previous system of numbering each ward separately. For example, Ward 2, Precinct 1 … is now Ward 2, Precinct 13, following the first 12 precincts in Ward 1.

What does all of this mean to you as a voter? Most voters, but not all, will still vote at the same polling location, and this is indicated on your new voter ID card that was mailed earlier this summer. For voters who have been reassigned to a new ward and/or precinct location, the card will clearly indicate this change.

Separate from redistricting, for the August Primary only, some voters have a temporary polling place due to Ann Arbor Public Schools building construction. Affected voters received a bright orange card in the mail from the city clerk with the temporary polling location details for this election:

  • 1–2 and 1–3: Community High to Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann St.

  • 2–18: Clague Middle School to Thurston Elementary, 2300 Prairie St.

  • 3–24: Tappan Middle School to Burns Park Elementary, 1414 Wells St.

  • 3–27, 3–29 and 3–30: Scarlett and Pittsfield to Mitchell Elementary, 3550 Pittsview Drive.

  • 5–43: Bach Elementary to Pioneer High School, 601 W. Stadium Blvd.

  • 5–47: Eberwhite to Slauson Middle School, 1019 W. Washington.

  • 5–52 and 5–53: Forsythe Middle School to Ann Arbor Open, 920 Miller Ave.

The city clerk's office can answer questions at 734.794.6140 or [email protected]. All voters can also confirm their voter registration and polling place information at www.michigan.gov/vote.  

Vot​​​er registration

  • Check your voter registration status, absentee ballot status and view sample ballots at the online Michigan voter information center: www.michigan.gov/vote

  • Voter registration may occur at the city clerk's office in person and up until 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Aug. 2.

  • Those who wish to register to vote in the Primary Election can still do so in person at the *Ann Arbor City Clerk's office with proof of residency. The city clerk's office is on the second floor of Larcom City Hall, 301 E. Huron St. On-street or lot parking is located on Ann Street, east of Fifth Avenue.

  • The city clerk's office will have special hours for in-person voter registration and absentee ballot requests, in addition to its 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday regular hours, Saturday, July 30, 2022, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Election Da​​y line tracker

Voters can check the number of people waiting in line at their city polling places and view estimated wait times before they head to the polls. Line counts and projected wait times will be reported in real time by the election inspectors at each polling place. Find the Election Day line tracker at www.a2gov.org/departments/city-clerk/Elections/Pages/Line-Tracker.aspx. The line tracker also includes images of each polling place as well as links to maps and directions.

Ab​​sentee voting

Why wait until Election Day to vote? And why wait in line at your polling place to vote on Election Day? Vote from home, at your convenience, instead. Absentee ballots are now available to all voters, with no reason required. Here's how to vote absentee:

  • Request an absentee ballot! If you wish to vote absentee and do not yet have an absentee ballot, you must turn in an absentee ballot application in order to receive one. The application is available at the city clerk's office or online at www.a2gov.org/elections to print, fill out and return by mail or in person at the city clerk's office. Do not put ballot applications in the drop boxes.

    • There are several options to obtain an absentee ballot:

      • Apply online at https://Michigan.gov./vote

      • Call to request an application be sent by mail: 734.794.6140.

      • Apply in person at the city clerk's office.

        • 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.

      • Fill out, print, sign and return the online application form, https://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/AVApp_535884_7.pdf, to the city clerk via email [email protected], U.S. mail or fax. An official form, however, 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.

  • Sign it! Be sure to sign the outside of the green ballot envelope, or your vote will not count.

  • Use the green envelope! The absentee ballot return envelope has new look, with a white and green design. Ballots must be placed in the green return envelope (with your signature) to be valid.

  • Return it! Drop it off in a secure City of Ann Arbor ballot box (https://www.a2gov.org/departments/city-clerk/Elections/Documents/offical_ballot_drop_box_map.pdf – PDF), or mail it at least seven days before Election Day.

    • There are no stamps/postage needed on the City of Ann Arbor green return envelope. This is a postage-paid envelope.

    • All ballots must be received by the city clerk's office by 8 p.m. on Election Day, Aug. 2, in order to be counted. The Ann Arbor City Clerk's office continues to encourage voters to use the secure ballot drop boxes in the final weeks and days leading up to the election to ensure ballots are received by Election Day.

    • 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.pdf – PDF); directional signage at some outdoor locations will provide guidance to the boxes:

  1. Larcom City Hall, 301 E. Huron St., always open — Located inside the building, at the north entrance.

  2. 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.

  3. Veterans Memorial Park Ice Arena and Pool, 2150 Jackson Ave. — Parking lot.

  4. Ann Arbor Fire Station 5, 1946 Beal Ave. — Outside.

  5. Cobblestone Farm/Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Customer Service Center, 2781 Packard Road — Outside.

  6. Ann Arbor Fire Station 6, 1881 Briarwood Circle — Northwest side of building, Eisenhower entrance, outside.

I vo​​ted!

Voters at polling places and absentee voters can show their participation with a uniquely Ann Arbor “I voted" sticker. There are three different stickers, each designed by an Ann Arbor community member, winners in the I Voted Sticker Design Contest held in 2020. Digital badges can be found on the city website on Election Day to upload to their social media account(s). Go to www.a2gov.org/elections and select the “A2 votes" tab. Be sure to use #A2Votes when posting, and show your civic pride!

Additional information can be found on the city's elections website, www.a2gov.org/elections; and questions about elections in Ann Arbor may be directed to the city clerk's office at 734.794.6140, [email protected].​

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