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Vote GraphicPassage 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.

Absentee Ballots

Applications for absentee ballots are accepted by mail beginning 75 days prior to each election. Registered voters can apply for an absentee ballot by mail until the Friday just prior to the election OR in person at the Township Clerk's Office during regular business hours Monday - Friday from 8:30 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00pm - 1:00pm for lunch daily) beginning 4 weeks before each election or during special hours on the last Saturday before each election from 8:00am - 4:00pm. The final deadline to apply for an absentee ballot in person is 4:00pm, the day before each election (Monday). A signed application must be received by the Township Clerk before an absentee ballot will be issued.

Absentee ballots are mailed approximately 5 weeks before each election. You can mail back your application for a ballot and your voted ballot. All returned absentee ballot envelopes are processed and tabulated on Election Day. Absentee ballots are counted by an absent voter counting board and the votes are applied to each voter's assigned precinct along with all of the in-person votes cast on Election Day.

Contact Clerk's Office: (734) 484 - 4700 or  to request to vote absentee. You may also apply in-person at the Township Civic Center (7200 S. Huron River Dr. 48197). Voters requesting and picking up absentee ballots in person at the Township Clerk's Office will be subject to the Michigan voter identification requirement. Ballots issued in person are only given to the voter. Spouses and family members may return applications, but may not pick up the unvoted ballots for each other. A drop box is available in front of the Civic Center at 7200 S. Huron River Dr. Ypsilanti, MI 48197 for application and ballot returns.

 

Automatic Absentee Application List

Ballots are not normally sent automatically. Voters can request to be added to the permanent absent voter list to receive absentee ballot applications by mail automatically each election. The applications for those on the permanent list are sent out 6-8 weeks prior to each election. In order to receive a ballot, voters on the permanent list must still complete and sign the application each election.

Contact Clerk's Office: (734) 484 - 4700 or to be added to the permanent absent voter list. You may also apply in-person at the Township Civic Center (7200 S. Huron River Dr. 48197) to sign up for the list.

 

Michigan Absent Voter Ballot Application

Voter Registration & Absentee Ballot Request - Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)
This form is for abstent Uniformed Service members, their families, and citizens residing outside the United States. It is used to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and update your contact information. See State instructions at FVAP.gov.


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.


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

Voter Registration

How to Register to Vote in Michigan

Find out if you are registered to vote, find your voting location, get a sample ballot, or track your ballot or ballot request: michigan.gov/vote.

Precinct Map
Precinct Street Index

Township residents can register to vote in person at the Township Clerk's Office. Voter registration is also accepted at any Secretary of State Branch Office, the Washtenaw County Clerk's Office, designated state agencies such as Family Independence Agencies or military branch offices.

Township residents who have moved within the Township of Ypsilanti can update their address at any Secretary of State Branch Office, online at ExpressSOS.org or in person at the Township Clerk's Office.

State of Michigan Voter Registration Application & Michigan Driver License/Personal ID Card Address Change Form Instructions


 

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

734-484-4700

Fax: 734-484-5156

Contact Karen Lovejoy Roe, Township Clerk

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Charter Township of Ypsilanti  •  7200 S. Huron River Dr. Ypsilanti, Mi 48197  •  (734) 484 - 4700

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