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Voting Requirements

Every Michigan voter who votes in the polls must comply by showing picture identification (Michigan driver’s license or a Michigan personal identification card) or signing an affidavit attesting that he or she is not in possession of picture identification (MCL 168.523). Voters without ID will not be turned away on Election Day. Michigan Election law anticipates that not all voters will have picture ID. Voters who do not have acceptable picture ID or who forgot to bring acceptable picture ID to the polls can vote like any other voter by signing an affidavit.

Voters who do not possess either document may show any of the following forms of picture ID as long as it is current:

  • Driver’s license or personal ID card issued by another state.
  • Federal or state government-issued photo ID.
  • U.S. passport.
  • Military identification card with photo.
  • Student identification with photo from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education. Students who register to vote in Ypsilanti Township will be assigned a polling place and will be mailed a voter registration card.
  • Tribal identification card with photo

Passage of "Promote the Vote" Brings Changes to Election Law

The passage of Proposal 3 in November of 2018, enshrined in the Michigan Constitution various changes related to the voting process. Among them are:

  • Protecting the right to vote a secret ballot.
  • Providing voters the option to vote a straight party ballot.
  • Allowing citizens to register to vote by mail until 15 days before an election.
  • Citizens can also register to vote in person with the Clerk's Office until 8:00pm on Election night with proof of residency.
  • Allows for all registered voters to vote absentee without needing to provide a reason.

Accessible Voting

Voters with disabilities can vote privately and independently using the Touch Writer, Voter Assist Terminal. The Touch Writer is a ballot-marking device that voters can use to assist with marking a traditional paper ballot. Voters can use the machine to mark their ballot through the use of large font touch screen, Braille keypad and audio headset, or with the aid of their own personal sip/puff device or foot pedal that can be plugged into a port on the front of the terminal. The Touch Writer touch screen features magnification and contrast features and the audio ballot can be adjusted for speed and volume. The Touch Writer is available for all voters to use in every Township polling place. All voters with disabilities are entitled by law to obtain an absentee ballot for any election.

Military Service Members & Veterans

Military service members can now access resources to aid in understanding and exercising their voting rights with the launch of the Michigan Department of State’s (MDOS) first Military Voting Engagement Toolkit.

The Military Voting Engagement Toolkit will empower active military service members, veterans and their families with accurate information about their right to vote and important deadlines. Additionally, the toolkit outlines the Federal Post Card Application process as well as the Federal Write-In Ballot option available to Michigan military service members for the first time.Ypsilanti Township will participate in the risk limit audit of the November 3, 2020 General Election. This audit is being conducted by the State of Michigan with participation from County and Local Clerks. The audit will take place Thursday, January 14, 2020 at 9:00am – 4:00pm (if needed). There will be a break from 12:00pm – 1:00pm for lunch.

Clerk's Office Hours & Location

Monday - Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm (closed 12:00pm - 1:00pm daily)

Tilden R. Stumbo Civic Center
7200 S. Huron River Dr.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Contact Clerk's Office

734-544-4000 #2

Fax: 734-484-5156

Contact Heather Jarrell Roe, Township Clerk

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Charter Township of Ypsilanti  •  7200 S. Huron River Dr. Ypsilanti, Mi 48197  •  (734) 544 - 4000

Mon. - Fri., 8:30am - 4:30pm  •  Closed 12:00pm - 1:00pm daily