Ann Arbor clerk opens this weekend for early voting on 4 city election proposals

ANN ARBOR, MI – Ann Arbor voters who want to cast their ballots early ahead of Tuesday’s elections, which will see four city proposals, have a few more chances.

The Ordnungsamt has special opening times on Saturday, October 30th, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for personal voter registration, postal voting applications and on-site voting.

Voters can also use these services at the Secretariat during normal business hours between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Friday October 29th. The office closes from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

“We will also be available for elections on Monday until 4 pm,” said City Secretary Jackie Beaudry, noting that voters will then have to vote in person at their regular polling location if they have not already requested a postal vote.

Stickers will be displayed for early voters in the town clerk’s office at Larcom Town Hall in Ann Arbor on Thursday, October 28, 2021.Jacob Hamilton | The Ann Arbor News

The city’s voters will vote on four city proposals on Tuesday, November 2nd, which will be put to a vote by the city council.

This includes a proposal to reform the city elections considerably and to switch to ranked elections for future mayor and municipal council elections, if and when this is permitted under state law.

The Ann Arbor Council split 6 to 5 when it proposed electoral reform to the electorate

Another proposal, strongly supported by union groups, would change the requirements of the city charter for large-scale contracting so that they target “the best value bidder for the city” rather than the “least responsible bidder” have to. Two other proposals deal with the authority and purchasing power of the city administration.

By Thursday, October 28, the secretariat’s office had issued over 14,300 postal ballot papers to date, and about half had been returned and ready to be processed, Beaudry said.

She reminds voters that they have until 8 p.m. election night to return the ballot in person at the town hall, via the city’s postage-paid envelopes or at one of the city’s ballot boxes.

Please visit the city’s website for more information on registration and voting.


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