Election News & Info from CivCity!
Be A Civic Superhero!
Two more weeks until we make our collective decisions on Nov. 8! Are you ready to Vote Local?
Postcards highlighting local ballot info on AnnArborVotes.org.
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On Instagram's A2CivCity, superheroes vote. (Thanks, Jim Balmer!)
Here's the Skinny!
Anticipating long lines, many residents are choosing to vote absentee this year. Michigan requires that you give a reason, and here are the ones that qualify:
1) 60 years of age or older; 2) absent from the community on Election Day; 3) physically unable to vote at the polls without assistance of another person; 4) unable to attend the polls because of religious beliefs; 5) appointed a poll worker in a precinct other than your own; or 6) confined to jail awaiting trial or arraignment.
If any of these reasons apply to you, you can vote absentee! You need to fill out an application (here's one for Ann Arbor voters
), send it to your local clerk's office, then they'll send you the ballot.
Or stop by the Ann Arbor city clerk's office in person! They're located on the 2nd floor of city hall, 301 E. Huron (corner of Huron & Fifth). If you don't live in Ann Arbor, click here to find your local clerk's office
You can request an absentee ballot by mail until Saturday, Nov. 5, or in person until 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7.
All absentee ballots are counted on Election Day.
Of course check out our AnnArborVotes.org
site to help you prep for local & state races and ballot proposals!
Residents line up at the Ann Arbor clerk's office to get absentee ballots on Monday, Oct. 24.
Yes, You Can Help!
Contribute to CivCity today with a one-time or monthly online donation. It's tax deductible!
Or you can send a check to:
The CivCity Initiative
118 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor MI 48104
CivCity also accepts stock donations! Contact Mary Morgan at email@example.com for details.
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One Final Tidbit
From the Detroit News, Oct. 24, 2016: Federal Court Suspends Michigan's "Ballot Selfie" Ban
“Social media is a powerful tool, and individuals who wish to proudly display their ballots, and hopefully encourage friends to vote as well, should be able to do so. When people are excited to vote, they should be encouraged to share that enthusiasm.” – Michigan state Rep. Sam Singh, who introduced legislation to allow Election Day ballot selfies.
Speaking of selfies, here's one taken with UM Ginsberg Center staff & CivCity's Mary Morgan on City Hall Selfie Day, Aug. 15, 2016. Go Team Democracy!