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Absentee Ballot Information for November 2021 Election

The following information is from the City's election website:

https://www.a2gov.org/departments/city-clerk/Elections/Pages/Elections.aspx



The next election in the City of Ann Arbor is the Special Election on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. This election includes four City Charter amendment proposals. See below for full text of the proposed charter amendments.


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 November 2 election is Monday, October 18, 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, October 30, 2021 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.


Voters with a Michigan driver's license of State ID can apply online for an absentee ballot here:

https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/AVApplication/Index


Returning your Absent Voter Ballot

Voters MUST return ballots no later than 8 PM on Election Day. 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 one of our secure drop boxes located around town, 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 (see map at the bottom of this post). 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.

Full Text of Proposed Charter Amendments


Ann Arbor City Charter Amendment Related to Best Value Purchasing

Shall Section 14.3 subsection d of the Charter be amended to require the City to award contracts for supplies, materials, or public improvements, to the bidder that is deemed the best value to the City rather than the lowest responsible bidder?


Ann Arbor City Charter Amendment Related to Ranked Choice Voting for the Election of City Officers

Shall the Charter be amended to provide that the Mayor and City Council members are to be nominated and elected by a Ranked Choice Voting method when it is authorized by State Law?


Ann Arbor City Charter Amendment Related to Emergency Procurement

Shall Section 14.2 of the Charter be amended to require City Council to establish, by ordinance, the procedure by which the City Administrator may make emergency purchases.


Ann Arbor City Charter Amendment Related to the $25,000 Dollar Limit

Shall Section 14.2 of the Charter be amended to permit the City Council to delegate to the City Administrator the authority to approve purchases and to enter into contracts when the cost to the City is equal to or lesser than $75,000, to be adjustable for inflation.