What you need to know about the four proposals in Tuesday’s vote

ANN ARBOR, me. – In Tuesday’s special election, Ann Arbor voters will have four new proposals on the ballot.

The proposals include changes to the city charter to include cheapest shopping procedures, ranked voting, emergency procurement, and monetary restrictions on purchases.

Voters can register for a personal vote at the City Clerk’s Office, 301 E. Huron St., until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday if they have proof of residence.

The city’s polling stations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and those who stand in line by 8 p.m. will be eligible to vote, according to the Ann Arbor city calendar.

Postal voting documents must be handed in by 8 p.m. on Tuesday. There are six mailboxes around Tree Town that close at 8:00 p.m. You can find it here.


Here is our breakdown:

Suggestion a

This proposal would require the city government to award contracts for supplies, materials or public improvements to the bidder who offers “best value” rather than the “least responsible bidder”. In this way, the city can take additional factors into account when awarding the contract.

Suggestion B

Under this proposal, the city charter would be amended to use the ranked voting method if and when permitted by Michigan state law.

Elected officials, including members of the Ann Arbor City Council and the city’s mayor, would be nominated and elected through ranked polls.

Suggestion C

If this proposal is adopted, this proposal will amend Section 14.2 of the City Charter to include a city ordinance on a procedure for the Ann Arbor City Administrator to make emergency purchases.

Suggestion D

This proposal would allow Ann Arbor city council to delegate purchasing power to the city administrator.


The administrator would have the option to make purchases or contract deals for the city that are $ 75,000 or less, with adjustments for inflation.

You can find sample ballots at mvic.sos.state.mi.us/PublicBallot/Index

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