Are you ready to vote in the Presidential and Midterm Election on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020?! Here is our quick guide to navigating the polls on campus:
1. Make sure you are registered
As of July 2020 there are 7,748,541 registered voters in Michigan, and 303,936 in Washtenaw County! Whether you are an in state or out of state student, you can search for your information online. Please note that Michigan does allow voting registration on election day, but lines may be long. Also, you can stop by the UMMA satellite clerk's office to register and vote now!. More information can be found here.
2. Know where you can cast your ballot
Although it is likely that your polling station will be on campus, double check the full list of Ann Arbor Polling Locations to make sure you end up at the right place. If you are voting by mail, please note that the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) contains a dropbox.
Precincts with on campus polling locations:
1-1 - Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom
1-12 Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom
1-7 - Pierpont Commons East Room
2-2 - Palmer Commons Great Lakes Room
3-1 - Michigan League Vanderberg Room
3-2 - Michigan League Hussey Room
3. Know what you can/cannot bring to the polls
Bring: At the polls, you will be asked to produce photo identification. MCard’s are acceptable! In addition to that, you may use a driver’s license, state-issued ID card (of Michigan or issued by another state), federal or state government-issued photo ID, U.S. passport, military ID with photo, high school or accredited institution of higher learning photo ID cards, or a tribal photo ID card. However, you may still vote even if you do not have a photo ID. If you find yourself without photo identification, you will have to sign an affidavit stating that you are not in possession of any photo ID but rest assured that your vote will still be counted.
Wearing a mask is encouraged, but will not be required to cast your ballot!
Don't Bring: Michigan bans election related materials at the polls so leave your candidate t-shirts and buttons at home. In addition, Michigan also bans the use of cameras (including phone cameras) at the polls. So, no selfies while you're voting! If you do, you risk your vote being voided.
4. Know when the polls open and close
Polls are open from 7am to 8pm. Whether it’s first thing in the morning or during a break between class, make a plan to vote early in case something comes up later in the day!
5. Know the candidates and issues that will be on your ballot
Yes, you will be voting in the Presidential election as well as other very important positions like your state Senator, House Rep, district and state judges, as well as local positions. Depending on your precinct, you may be voting on millage proposals as well. In order to make an informed vote and be prepared to make your selection at the polling station, we encourage you to do your homework by viewing your sample ballot before you head to the polls. This will allow you to get familiar with the candidates and be able to do additional research.
For more information and voting basics, candidates, straight-ticket voting, or voting with disabilities, click here.
Keeping you informed,