Your guide to Election Day in Ann Arbor

Do you make sure to get your "I Voted" sticker after casting a ballot? (Pexels stock image)

ANN ARBOR – Election Day has arrived and you may still have some questions if you’re headed to the polls.

Here’s a quick guide to all that will be happening in the city on Tuesday with information on how to vote, where to vote and how you can follow results.

Polling places open at 7 a.m. on Election Day and close at 8 p.m.

City staff will begin counting absentee ballots at the Ann Arbor Justice Center starting at 8 a.m. The Clerk’s Office will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Registering to vote

There’s still time to register to vote, but you’ll have to do it in person.

Simply bring your proof of residency to the City Clerk’s Office until 8 p.m. on Election Day.

The City Clerk’s Office is located at 301 E. Huron St.

This year, the City Clerk’s Office has an additional two satellite locations on University of Michigan’s campus at the U-M Museum of Art (525 State St.) and at Duderstadt Center (2281 Bonisteel Blvd.) on North Campus.

Residents and students ages 18 and up may register to vote at these locations.

Don’t know your voter registration status? You can check it here.

What’s on the ballot

Candidates in Michigan -- as well as Washtenaw County candidates -- are seeking election to these offices:

  • Governor
  • Secretary of State
  • Attorney General
  • U.S. Representative in Congress
  • State Senator
  • Representative in State Legislature
  • Member of the State Board of Education
  • Regent of the University of Michigan
  • Trustee of Michigan State University
  • Governor of Wayne State University
  • County Commissioner
  • Mayor
  • City Council Member
  • Justice of the Suprement Court
  • Judge of the Court of Appeals
  • Judge of Circuit Court
  • Judge of District Court
  • Board of Trustees Washtenaw Community College
  • Board Member Public Schools of Ann Arbor
  • Board Member Ann Arbor District Library

Follow: Michigan election results for Ann Arbor on Nov. 8, 2022

The following proposals are on the ballot.

Michigan Proposal 1: Changes to state legislator term limits, financial disclosures

This proposed constitutional amendment would:

  • Require members of legislature, governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, and attorney general file annual public financial disclosure reports after 2023, including assets, liabilities, income sources, future employment agreements, gifts, travel reimbursements, and positions held in organizations except religious, social, and political organizations.
  • Require legislature implement but not limit or restrict reporting requirements.
  • Replace current term limits for state representatives and state senators with a 12-year total limit in any combination between house and senate, except a person elected to senate in 2022 may be elected the number of times allowed when that person became a candidate.

Michigan Proposal 2: Adding provisions regarding state elections, right to voting

This proposed constitutional amendment would:

  • Recognize fundamental right to vote without harassing conduct;
  • Require military or overseas ballots be counted if postmarked by election day;
  • Provide voter right to verify identity with photo ID or signed statement;
  • Provide voter right to single application to vote absentee in all elections;
  • Require state-funded absentee-ballot drop boxes, and postage for absentee applications and ballots;
  • Provide that only election officials may conduct post-election audits;
  • Require nine days of early in-person voting;
  • Allow donations to fund elections, which must be disclosed;
  • Require canvass boards certify election results based only on the official records of votes cast.

Michigan Proposal 3: Right to reproductive freedom

This proposed constitutional amendment would:

  • Establish new individual right to reproductive freedom, including right to make and carry out all decisions about pregnancy, such as prenatal care, childbirth, postpartum care, contraception, sterilization, abortion, miscarriage management, and infertility;
  • Allow state to regulate abortion after fetal viability, but not prohibit if medically needed to protect a patient’s life or physical or mental health;
  • Forbid state discrimination in enforcement of this right; prohibit prosecution of an individual, or a person helping a pregnant individual, for exercising rights established by this amendment;
  • Invalidate state laws conflicting with this amendment.

Tip: Track polling place lines with Ann Arbor’s Election Day Line Tracker

Ann Arbor Proposal 1: Community climate action

It reads:

Shall the Charter be amended to authorize a tax up to 1 mills to fund community climate action for 2023 through 2043, which will raise in the first year of levy the estimated revenue of $6,800,000? In accordance with State law, a portion of the millage may be subject to capture by the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority and the Washtenaw County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.

Authorized uses include: year-round composting; expanded residential/multifamily recycling; community and rooftop solar programs; rental and low-income household energy programs; bicycle, pedestrian and transit infrastructure; neighborhood resource centers; electric vehicle infrastructure; and tree plantings.

Precincts and polling locations in Ann Arbor Michigan for 2022. (City of Ann Arbor)

Precincts renumbered; locations the same

Precincts in Ann Arbor have been renumbered and are now in chronological order. So those assigned to the same polling location and precinct may find they have a new number. The city made residents aware of these changes this summer when their new voter ID card was mailed to them.

See precinct maps here.

For more information, visit the City of Ann Arbor elections website.


About the Author:

Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.