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Election News & Info from CivCity!

Vote on Nov. 8...if you DARE!

With 1 week + 1 day until the Nov. 8 election, we're not spooked, right? Of course not. Especially when cute tricksters are around to distract us!

Thanks to the staff of The Peaceable Kingdom for handing out postcards about – along with treats, of course! – during the Main Street Area Association's Halloween Treat Parade!

Even on Halloween, we're working to inform voters about local candidates and ballot proposals 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.

Also, special thanks to Skyline High students Avery Lumeng, Naseem Othman and Michael Parrot for their video explaining the Ann Arbor ballot proposal on increasing term lengths for mayor and city councilmembers. They created it for CivCity as part of Skyline's Communication, Media & Public Policy magnet program. Click here to watch!


Movie Night Out: You're Invited!

We're excited to co-sponsor a screening of "Bring It To The Table" on Thursday, Nov. 3. This documentary features a project that encourages Americans to stop bickering about politics, examine their own assumptions, and truly engage in civil discourse to help move our democracy forward. How cool is that?

Please join us on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the UM Ford School's Annenberg Auditorium, 735 S. State St. (corner of State and Hill) to watch the film and talk with Emmy-nominated director Julie Winokur, a UM graduate who's leading this effort. And thanks to the UM Ginsberg Center for organizing the event!


Absentee Voting:
Still an Option!

A friendly reminder that many of you have the option of voting absentee, if you are: 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!

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!

Sista Supper Goes Civic!

Thanks to Yodit Mesfin-Johnson for organizing the Oct. 27 "Sista Supper: Women & Politics – Change Begins at Home" and inviting CivCity's Mary Morgan to participate. Over dinner at Bona Sera, we discussed the upcoming election and ballot prep. A great evening sponsored by Lips & Hips!

Yodit Mesfin-Johnson (in blue shirt) hosted the Oct. 27 Sista Supper.

Work It Like a Civic Cat!

What's your workplace doing to help inform voters about local ballot issues and candidates? We'd love to know! Email!  

Members of the Workantile in downtown Ann Arbor reviewed local ballot initiatives and races at their weekly social lunch on Oct. 26.

Remember: Women in America got the right to vote in 1920 – less than 100 years ago. Don't squander it! (Also, hooray for civic cats!!)
You know what makes me happy – other than leftover Halloween candy? People who tell me how much our site helped with their ballot prep.

Here's a note from Ruth Kraut: "Just thought you'd like to know that my daughter (in college in Boston) found the Ann Arbor Votes website on her own, told me it was a really good resource, and reading something from it to me convinced me to change my vote on a local issue." Awesome – thanks, Ruth!

There's just over 1 week until the Tuesday, Nov. 8 election. Please take a few minutes to learn about what you'll see on the ballot – especially those "down ballot" items that are often overlooked. provides 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.

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

Tues. Nov. 1 – 5:30 p.m. "Soul of a Citizen: Making a Difference in Business & Politics." Talk by author Paul Loeb at the UM Ross School of Business Robertson Auditorium. Free & open to the public. Click for details.

Wed. Nov. 2 – 4 p.m.: Panel discussion on energy, climate change and the 2016 elections, hosted by the UM Ford School's Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP). Free & open to the public. Click for details.

Thurs. Nov. 3 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Screening of the documentary "Bring It To The Table." This project aims to break down partisanship and open up communication across political divides. The event includes a Q&A with director Julie Winokur, a University of Michigan graduate. Click for details.

Sat. Nov. 5DEADLINE to request an absentee ballot application BY MAIL for the Nov. 8 election. Ann Arbor voters can request an absentee ballot application by calling the clerk’s office at 734.794.6140. (That Saturday, the clerk’s office is open from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. It's located on the 2nd floor of city hall, 301 E. Huron St.) Click for details.

Tues. Nov. 7 – 4 p.m.: DEADLINE to apply for an absentee ballot IN PERSON at the city clerk's office, on the 2nd floor of city hall, 301 E. Huron St. (corner of Huron & Fifth). Click for details. (If you don't live in Ann Arbor, click here to find the location of your local clerk's office.)

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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