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The University is committed to supporting your right to vote. This document provides guidance on the appropriate steps to take for students who are in Quarantine and Isolation - on and off campus -  leading up to Election Day 2020. 

Students are encouraged to vote absentee given public health guidance. The University will not be providing transportation to and from polling locations on Election Day, and will instead support student voting by providing access to the relevant forms and outlining the frequently asked questions and processes listed below.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I still vote if I have not registered or made a plan to vote yet?

Yes!  Voters who are already registered are encouraged to vote absentee. We strongly recommend you double check your registration status at https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/Voter/Index

If you are well enough and no longer in Q&I on or by Election Day, you can visit the satellite City Clerk’s office at UMMA to register and cast your absentee ballot. 

To request an absentee ballot by mail, a voter must complete and return an absentee ballot application online at Michigan.gov/Vote or download an application to sign and return to a local clerk’s office by email or mail by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. We recommend that voters make a plan now and request an absentee ballot by mail as soon as possible to avoid mail delays.  You can email the Ann Arbor City clerk at: cityclerk@a2.gov.

 

How can student voters in quarantine and isolation housing receive their absentee ballot if it has already been delivered to their campus address?

Election law states that only a member of the immediate family of the voter, or an individual residing in the voter's household, may mail or deliver a ballot to the clerk on behalf of the voter.

Due to this you have two options:

  1. Request delivery of your absentee ballot to Q&I Housing from an immediate member of your household or family, which includes roommates (applies to both on-campus and off-campus residents).

  2. Option for on-campus residents only: If you reside in a residence hall, your ballot will be taken from your mailbox and delivered to your current location in Q&I by request to the Q&I Coordination Center (734-936-2600, qandicenter@umich.edu).  The Q&I Center is open 10am-8pm daily.  You can then complete your absentee ballot and place it in a nearby dropbox that is secure, and meant only for absentee ballots. Put your ballot in a drop box by 8pm on Election Day.

 

How can student voters in quarantine and isolation return their absentee ballot to their local clerk? 

Student voters have the option to return their completed and signed absentee ballot to their city clerk at an absentee ballot drop box in or near their Q&I location, or by mail. The local ballot drop box map is here. We strongly recommended that students use the nearest drop box to deliver their ballot and not put local ballots in the mail, as mail delays are expected and a ballot mailed between now and the election may not be received in time to count.

Returning your ballot by hand to your local city clerk is an option, if you are well enough and cleared to do so.  If you are sick, obtaining an absentee ballot and placing it in a nearby drop box is the best way to adhere to public health guidelines during this time. 

 

Am I required to return my own absentee ballot or may another individual do so on my behalf? 

Under Michigan law, a voter is only permitted to ask a member of their immediate family, member of their same household, postal carrier, or an authorized local election official from their city or township clerk’s office to return their absentee ballot on their behalf. In the case of students, a roommate counts as a member of their household, but residents of the same floor (or your RA) do not, nor do other housing staff. The University and Ann Arbor City Clerk are providing easily accessible drop boxes for students to mitigate this issue. If you are too ill to return your ballot on Election Day, please contact the Ann Arbor City Clerk at cityclerk@a2.gov.

 

Can I track my ballot?

Yes!  You can securely track your absentee ballot application and absentee ballot online at Michigan.gov/Vote

 

I have additional questions.  Who can I reach out to?

Please email voterregquestions@umich.edu for any questions or situations not outlined in this document.  Trained staff with Turn up Turnout and the Big Ten Voting Challenge are ready to answer your questions, and both efforts are strictly nonpartisan.

 

Voting Scenarios

I am registered to vote in Ann Arbor, and have requested an absentee ballot.

If you reside in a residence hall, your ballot can be taken from your mailbox and delivered to your current location in Q&I upon request.  You can then complete and sign your absentee ballot and place it in a nearby dropbox that is secure, and meant only for absentee ballots.  If you live in off-campus housing, you can ask a roommate to deliver your ballot to your Q&I location, as they count as a member of your household.  Put your ballot in a drop box by 8pm on Election Day.

 

I am registered to vote in Ann Arbor, but have not requested an absentee ballot yet.

You can complete the absentee ballot request form that will be provided to you by Q&I staff. You can then take a clear photo of the signed form and email it to: cityclerk@a2.gov.  The Clerk will then mail your ballot to your assigned academic year campus address.  Please contact the Q&I Coordination Center at (734) 936-2600 or qandicenter@umich.edu to request your ballot be delivered to your housing assignment in Q&I.

 

I am registered to vote somewhere other than Ann Arbor.

If you have already requested your ballot and it is in the mail at your regular on-campus address, it will be delivered to you. You should put your completed ballot in the mail as soon as possible to ensure it is received in time.  Please note that in order to vote somewhere other than Ann Arbor, you must place your ballot in a regular mailbox, rather than the absentee ballot drop boxes located on campus. Those drop boxes are for Ann Arbor ballots only. 

 

I am not registered to vote yet.

Please contact voterregquestions@umich.edu for tailored support from trained U-M staff. We strongly recommend that you double check your registration status in Michigan by going to https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/Voter/Index. If you are registered to vote in Michigan and have not yet voted, you can request an absentee ballot by mail or online until 4pm on October 30th.