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Ann Arbor holds city and school board elections concurrently with federal, state, county and school board elections on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November in even-numbered years. Township and village elections are every 4 years to coincide with national presidential elections. For all elections, polls are open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. A valid photo ID is required for voting.

You can register to vote at your city or township clerk's office or at a Secretary of State branch office, (for locations, see the Secretary of State City Guide listing). To be eligible to register, you must be 18 years old by election day, a U.S. citizen, a resident in your city or township for at least 30 days before election day, and not incarcerated. Register to vote by mail at least 15 days prior to an election, or register in-person at your local clerk's office as late as Election Day.

Those interested in working as election inspectors may fill out an application, available at Inspectors are paid $13+/hour and must be registered to vote in Michigan.

To select candidates, each major party has a primary on the day after the first Mon. in Aug. For more information, contact the county headquarters of the Democratic Party (734-330-5225 or the Republican Party (734) 996-9467.

Political parties and other groups active in local government are listed online at Advocacy and Politics.

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