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Election News & Info from CivCity!

Let's Celebrate!

Yes, we're ready to (mentally) collapse in a heap – but not before celebrating democracy on Election Day! Do that by voting (duh) but also join us for a daylong Party at the Polls with games, music, civic trivia, food and more!! 

We'll be set up at the Slauson Middle School polling station (1019 W. Washington) from 7 a.m. til 8 p.m. when the polls close. Even if you don't vote at Slauson, we hope you'll drop by to help us make Election Day even more special!

Absentee Voting:
Deadline Today to Get Your Ballot!

Today (Monday, Nov. 7) at 4 p.m. is the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot. At this point you'll need to apply in person. For Ann Arbor voters, go to the city clerk's office on the second floor of city hall, 301 E. Huron. (If you don't live in Ann Arbor, click here to find your local clerk's office.)

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.

You can turn in your absentee ballot until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8. If you can't make it to the clerk's office when it's open, you can return your ballot in a secure lockbox in the vestibule at city hall. 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!

Return your absentee ballot 24/7 in this secure drop-box located in the vestibule at city hall, 301 E. Huron. You must return it by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Final Nov. 8 Election Prep!

When: Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Where: Click here to find your polling location.

What to bring: Bring a photo ID (driver's license, passport, etc.) If you don't bring one, no worries – but you'll be asked to sign an affidavit stating that you didn’t bring your photo ID.

There's still time to learn 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.

And thanks to volunteers & staff at the University of Michigan's Language Resource Center for translating The Basics page of into Spanish and Chinese! They also provided a translation of our Glossary page into Chinese. We are incredibly grateful for their work in making local election information more accessible.

(P.S. When reference librarians use our site, we must be doing something right!)

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!

More Election Day Fun!

Many thanks to local businesses like Jefferson Market & Cakery for celebrating Election Day! The shop is located at 609 W. Jefferson, across the street from the Bach Elementary polling station.

Sign in front of Jefferson Market & Cakery, 609 W. Jefferson.

But Wait – There's More!!

We love highlighting CivCity partnerships – like this one with the UM Language Resource Center:

Staff & volunteers at the UM Language Resource Center's Translate-a-Thon in late October, working on translating parts of the site into Spanish and Chinese.

Finally, check out's Photo Gallery for fun election-related pictures from our community! Go Team Democracy!!

Pee-wee Herman – hanging out in the Ann Arbor offices of the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study (WATS) – is happy to vote!
We're in the home stretch – at long last! 

Heading into Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 8, please don't forget the many "down ballot" races and proposals that are often overlooked. 

We're here to help! Check out for 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

Mon. 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.)

Tues. Nov. 8: ELECTION DAY!!! Polls are open from 7 a.m. til 8 p.m. Click here to find your polling location

Tues. Nov. 8: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. CivCity's Party at the Polls! We'll be at the Slauson Middle School polling station all day, with games, music, civic trivia, the Bearclaw Coffee truck and more! Even if Slauson (1019 W. Washington) isn't your polling location, we hope you'll stop by and help us celebrate democracy!!

Tues. Nov. 8: 8-11 p.m. Issues & Ale Election Results Watch Party at Fraser's Pub (2045 Packard) hosted by Michigan Radio and the UM Ford School of Public Policy. Click here for details.

Tues. Nov. 8: 8:30 p.m. Campus election results watch party hosted by the UM Ginsberg Center at the Michigan Union's Rogel Ballroom – with snacks! Click here for details.

Wed. Nov. 9: 4-5:30 p.m. Post-election panel discussion moderated by Paul Courant & featuring former U.S. Congressman John Dingell, Ambassador Ron Weiser, Marina Whitman, Mara Ostfeld and Betsey Stevenson. Held at the UM Ford School's Annenberg Auditorium. Click for details.

Wed. Nov. 9: 6-8 p.m. "Anxious Election" panel discussion hosted by the UM Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, Department of History and held at Tisch Hall Room 1014. Click here 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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