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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

We're busy helping inform voters about local candidates and ballot proposals – those "down ballot" items that are often overlooked – via CivCity's voter resource, You'll find info about local & state candidates and ballot proposals, as well as other voter resources to sites like the League of Women Voters and the Michigan Voter Info Center.
How can you keep informed, inspired & amused every day? Follow Ann Arbor Votes on Twitter and Facebook! CivCity is also on Instagram – follow us @A2CivCity.

On Instagram's A2CivCity, superheroes vote. (Thanks, Jim Balmer!)

Absentee Voting:
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 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 for details.

Please share this newsletter with your friends, family & colleagues – we'd appreciate it!

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!
We're in the final stretch (sigh of relief/exhaustion) and Tuesday, Nov. 8 is within reach.

In these remaining two weeks, please take a few minutes to learn about the local candidates and proposals you'll see on the ballot.

Ann Arbor voters will weigh in on 4 ballot proposals (click the links to learn more):

1) a 20-year, 1.2-mill annual tax for Southeast Michigan regional public transit

2) a 4-year, 0.5-mill annual tax for roads and non-motorized paths in Washtenaw County

3) an 8-year, 0.1-mill annual tax to fund services for veterans in Washtenaw County

4) a proposal to increase terms for Ann Arbor mayor and city councilmembers from 2 to 4 years, with elections held only on even-numbered years.

Help us expand the number of informed voters – please share this newsletter with your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and everyone else you know. 

We're grateful to you and other CivCIty supporters for helping build a healthier community of engaged citizens!

– Mary Morgan, CivCity Founder & Executive Director

Upcoming Election-Related Events

Tue. Oct. 25 4-6 p.m.: Public forum on the regional transit tax proposal, hosted by Eastern Michigan University Student Government and the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan. Click for details.

Wed. Oct. 26 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Candidate forum at Washtenaw Community College, hosted by the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN). Click for details.

Wed. Oct. 26 7-9 p.m.: Candidate forum for Washtenaw Community College trustees, hosted by the WCC Political Science Club. Click for details.

Thurs. Nov. 3 – 5-8 p.m.: Screening of "Bring It To The Table," a project aimed at breaking down partisanship and opening up lines of communication across political divides. This screening, organized by the UM Ginsberg Center and co-sponsored by CivCity, will include a Q&A with filmmaker Julie Winokur, a University of Michigan graduate. Click for details.

Check out the Ann Arbor Votes events calendar for more election activities!

Support CivCity

CivCity is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit focused on increasing awareness of how local government works and motivating residents to get involved in civic life. Please support our work by sending donations to: 
The CivCity Initiative
118 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor MI 48104

You can also donate online by clicking this link – it's easy!

You'll get our heartfelt thanks written by hand (let's hear it for old school!) on a notecard featuring local public art or civic infrastructure. How cool is that?

This image is a detail from the mosaics at the Fourth & Washington parking structure.
CivCity Board of Directors
Devon Akmon
Paul Courant
Mary Morgan
Ingrid Sheldon
Linh Song

Special thanks for generous support from the James A. & Faith Knight Foundation, the Buhr Foundation, United Way of Washtenaw County, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, the Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation, the Mosaic Foundation of Rita and Peter Heydon, and the Ann Arbor Area Spirit of Woodstock Fund!

CivCity Online

Find more information – including CivCity's five-year strategic plan – on our website at
Be sure to join CivCity on Facebook, where we regularly post items of community interest. Ann Arbor Votes is also on Facebook!
On Twitter, you can follow us at @A2CivCity and get details about local public meetings and other civic-related info. Get election Tweets by following @AnnArborVotes!

You can also find us on Instagram @A2CivCity!


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