Voters in Ann Arbor’s Precinct 1-7 will cast their ballots in two upcoming elections – May 6, 2014 and Aug. 5 2014 – at the Northwood Community Center, which is the polling location for Precinct 2-1. The move is needed because the University of Michigan’s Pierpont Commons will be unavailable due to renovations being undertaken at that facility.
City council action authorizing the relocation of Precinct 1-7 for the August primaries came at its March 17, 2014 meeting. On Aug. 5, the two precincts will operate separately, even though they will be located in the same place.
For the May 6, 2014 transit millage election, the precincts will operate as a consolidated precinct at the Northwood Community Center. The city election commission – which consists of the city clerk, the city attorney, and the public safety administrator – has the authority to consolidate the operation of precincts. The rationale for the consolidation for the May 6 election is described in the staff memo accompanying the resolution as anticipated low turnout in largely student districts. The city election commission made the decision to consolidate the precincts at its Feb. 26, 2014 meeting.
This brief was filed from the city council’s chambers on the second floor of city hall, located at 301 E. Huron.