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Straight party voting will not be available on the ballot for the Tuesday, November 6, 2018 election.


What does this mean?

Voting will take longer as you will now need to fill in the squares for every candidate you want to vote for.

Data shows that 50% of all voters for both parties voted straight party in past elections. Instead of one square to fill in for a party, you will now have to fill in 16 individual squares for each separate candidate.


High Voter Turnout Projected - Best Times to Beat the Lines

Experts are predicting a very high turnout of voters for this election. The turnout will be much like a Presidential Election. The busiest times are in the morning and evening, before and after work. The best time to vote to beat the long lines is between 10:00am - 3:00pm. All voters who are standing in line at 8:00 p.m. when the polls
close are entitled to cast a ballot.

Please be patient and courteous to poll workers (your neighbors), who are working long hours on Election Day to ensure that your vote counts.


Be Prepared - Read Your Ballot & Decide Before You Go To Vote

Pick up a sample ballot today at the Ypsilanti Township Clerk’s Office (7200 S. Huron River Dr.) between 8:30am - 4:30pm (closed for lunch daily from 12:00pm - 1:00pm).

You can review your sample ballot at home, mark your sample ballot, and take it with you to the polls.
You can also view your ballot and find your voting location at michigan.gov/vote.

If you are told that your name is not on the precinct list of registered voters, kindly follow the poll worker’s instructions and if necessary, ask to vote a provisional ballot. Your ability to cast a regular or provisional ballot is affected by the following circumstances:

a. If you are in the correct precinct and can produce a voter registration receipt dated on or before the deadline to register, you can vote a regular ballot in that precinct. Simply follow the poll worker’s instructions, complete the required forms, and vote.

b. If you are not in the correct precinct, you can still vote a regular ballot if you travel to your correct precinct. The poll worker will inform you of your proper polling location. Taking the time to vote in your correct precinct will ensure that your ballot is counted.

c. All others, whose names are not on the precinct list and do not meet the criteria described in (a) or (b) above, should ask for a provisional ballot. Follow the poll worker’s instructions, complete the required forms, and most importantly, make sure you comply with any post-election identification or proof of residency requirement (as described in the “Notice to Voters Who Do Not Appear on the Precinct’s Registration List” you received from the poll worker) within 6 days of the election.


Absentee Voting

Avoid the lines entirely! If you are eligible, please consider voting by absentee ballot.

You may apply for an absent voter ballot if you are 60 years old or older, expect to be absent from the community in which you are registered to vote during the hours of 7:00am - 8:00pm on Election Day, are physically unable to vote at the polls without assistance, cannot attend the polls on account of your religious beliefs, are serving as a precinct inspector outside of your home precinct, or are in jail awaiting arraignment or trial.

Your application can be submitted in person up until 4:00pm on Monday, November 5th, or by mail until 2:00pm on Saturday, November 3rd. Applicants who prefer to receive their ballot by mail are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible in order to ensure there is adequate time for delivery and return of the ballot through the U.S. Postal Service. You may track your absentee ballot online at michigan.gov/vote.

To request an absentee ballot by mail, call (734) 484 - 4700 or contact Karen Lovejoy Roe via contact form.

You can also visit the Ypsilanti Township Clerk’s Office (7200 S Huron River Dr) between 8:30am - 4:30pm (closed for lunch daily from 12:00pm - 1:00pm) to pick up a ballot.


Longest Ballot in History

The ballot is two pages long with partisan and non-partisan candidates with 5-6 Proposals. It is best to go to michigan.gov/vote or stop by the Clerk’s Office to view your sample ballot and understand the language for each proposal. Below is a condensed version of proposals.


Please refrain from wearing campaign apparel to the polls, such as t-shirts, hats, or buttons that clearly advocate for or against specific candidates or ballot proposals on the ballot. Poll workers may ask any voter who enters the polling place to remove campaign buttons or cover up clothing that refers to candidates or proposals.


While Michigan has not been the victim of a cyberattack, rest assured that the Secretary of State is working proactively with cybersecurity experts at the state and federal level to protect our election systems. We also work with your local election officials to detect and prevent any attempted system intrusions. You can trust the rigorous check-andbalance system Michigan has built over many decades, which includes everything from paper ballots, vote tabulator software and electronic poll books that are not connected to the internet, tamper-evident ballot container locks and seals, redundant result reporting to different government agencies, a 14-day post-election canvass period for manually reviewing and verifying individual precinct results at the county level, recounts, post-election audits, and so on. All of these features work in tandem to ensure accurate election results.



Proposal 18-1
A proposed initiated law to authorize and legalize possession, use and cultivation of marijuana products by individuals who are at least 21 years of age and older, and commercial sales of marijuana through state-licensed retailers.

Proposal 18-2
A proposed constitutional amendment to establish a commission of citizens with exclusive authority to adopt district boundaries for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives and U.S. Congress, every 10 years

Proposal 18-3
A proposal to authorize automatic and Election Day voter registration, no-reason absentee voting, and straight ticket voting; and add current legal requirements for military and overseas voting and post-election audits to the Michigan Constitution

WASHTENAW COUNTY PROPOSAL: Proposition to Renew the Tax Limitation for Parks and Recreation Purposes Including Acquisition, Development, Maintenance and Operation of Park Lands and Recreation Facilities for the Benefit of Washtenaw County Citizens



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