All residents can now register to vote absentee

Feb 14, 2019 | City News

(This information was emailed by the City earlier this week)

With the passage of Proposal 3 in November, voters are no longer required to provide a reason for requesting an absentee ballot. The City of Ann Arbor has simplified the process for enrolling in the City’s Permanent Absentee Voter List. Voters on this list automatically receive an application for an absentee ballot in the mail approximately 60 days prior to each election. Once the Clerk’s Office receives the completed absentee ballot application, a ballot is mailed out as soon as possible, generally about 30 days before the election and on a daily basis thereafter.

Enrollment in the permanent absentee voter list does not prevent you from voting in person, even if you receive an absentee ballot, as long as you have not returned your ballot. Voting by mail allows you to avoid standing in line on Election Day, vote at your convenience before Election Day, and allows more time to review the ballot.

If you are interested in signing up to be on the Permanent Absentee Voter List, an online request form is available on the City Clerk’s website:

Note that the forms asks for a phone number or email address. This will only be used by the City Clerk to contact the voter in case of an error (i.e. incorrect information entered, voter does not live in Ann Arbor, etc.)

Please direct any questions about this process to the City Clerk’s Office: