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Lodi Township

Lodi Township is located in Washtenaw County, Michigan, just southwest of Ann Arbor. Established in 1834, three years before Michigan became a state, it was named after the Town of Lodi near New York State’s Finger Lakes.

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General Election Information

Lodi Township Voting Precincts

Lodi Township has 3 voting precincts as of June 1, 2012. Voters Textile Road and South are Precinct 1. Voters North of Textile Road, in Saline School District, are Precinct 2. Voters encompassing Ann Arbor and Dexter School Districts are Precinct 3. All Lodi Township Polling Locations vote at Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor Saline Road, Building A.

Election Dates

An election may be held on one of the following election dates

  • (a) The May regular election date, which is the first Tuesday after the first Monday in May.
  • (b) The August regular (primary) election date, which is the first Tuesday after the first Monday in August.
  • (c) The November regular (general) election date, which is the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

This is from the election law MCL 168.641 amended and effective September 22, 2005.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Clerk’s office at 734-665-7583 or smithchris@twp-lodi.org.

Application for Absentee Ballots

All Registered voters may vote from home. To request an absentee ballot to vote from home you may use this application . If you would like to be put on the permanent listing, please call, write or submit this form to the clerk’s office to be added to the list. Please remember you must return the application in order to receive your ballot. You may bring it to the office in person during regular business hours, or mail it back. If you bring your application in person and time permits, a ballot will be issued to you. Otherwise it will be mailed to you upon receipt of your application. Please remember that the ballots must be received back in the clerk’s office prior to the close of polls (8pm) on Election Day.

Once you have completed and signed your application, mail or deliver it to Lodi Township Clerk, Christina Smith, 3755 Pleasant Lake Road, Ann Arbor MI 48103

No Mass Mailings of Absentee Voter Ballot Applications

The Michigan Court of Appeals in Taylor v. Currie ruled this week that local units of government have no statutory authority to mail Absentee Voter (AV) applications to qualified voters within their community unless the voter specifically requests the application verbally or in writing. This ruling puts an end to a very common practice across the state where clerks mail AV applications to all registered voters in their community who are qualified to receive an AV ballot based on their age. In the decision, the court stated: “As for whether mass mailing of unsolicited ballot applications is implicitly authorized by statute, we conclude that it is not.” The case was an appeal of a Wayne County Circuit Court decision where the courts barred the Detroit City Clerk from mailing AV applications prior to the 2005 Detroit city election.

The Appeals Court decision affirms the actions of the Wayne Circuit Court, but may contradict a Macomb County Circuit Court decision that found a year later that the county clerk had the right to mailout applications in areas where the township or city clerk did not make use of the now banned activity.

MTA expects a legislative response to this court decision. In the mean time, if you wish to receive an absentee ballot application by mail, please contact the clerk’s office to be placed on that list. You could also email the clerk at smithchris@twp-lodi.org

Voter Registration Application

Please click on the button below to download a Voter Registration application. Once you have completed and signed your application, mail or deliver it to Lodi Township Clerk, Christina Smith, 3755 Pleasant Lake Road, Ann Arbor MI 48103.

Voter Identification Requirement

Due to a recent court ruling, every Michigan voter who offers to vote in the polls must comply with the requirement by showing picture identification or signing an affidavit attesting that he or she is not in possession of picture identification. (See MCL 168.523 for picture identification requirement)

Voters with picture identification: Voters can satisfy the picture identification requirement by showing a Michigan driver’s license or a Michigan personal identification card. Voters who do not possess either document may show any of the following forms of picture identification as long as they are current:

  • Driver’s license or personal identification card issued by another state.
  • Federal or state government-issued photo identification.
  • U.S. Passport.
  • Military identification card with photo.
  • Student identification with photo from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Tribal identification card with photo.

Voters without picture identification: Michigan election law anticipates that not all voters will have picture identification. Voters who do not bring picture identification to the polls or do not possess picture identification can vote like any other voter by signing an affidavit.

Questions regarding the picture identification requirement can be directed to the clerk’s office. For more election related information, visit www.michigan.gov/vote

Trustees

Township Trustees include the following officials: Supervisor, Clerk, Treasurer and 4 at large trustee positions. These 7 positions are the governing board that makes decisions on the running of the township. The Supervisor is responsible to run the board meetings, he or she is also the legal representative for the township among other duties. The Clerk is in charge of all the records established by law and administers elections, among other duties. The Treasurer is in charge of the finances of the Township, from collecting the taxes to investing the township funds. The four trustees are charged with decision making for the township. The trustees may have other responsibilities as assigned by the board. All of the board positions are elected for a 4-year term beginning November 20 of the election year. If you wish anymore information on a specific office, give the different township official a call. Each will be happy to discuss their position responsibilities with you.

Nominating Petitions

Partisan Nominating and Qualifying (candidates without party affiliation) Petitions for Township Board positions will be available from the clerk’s office approximately April first in the year of election for officials (same as presidential year). Partisan petitions are due to the Township Clerk by 4:00 p.m. the 12th Tuesday before the August Primary Election, MCL 168.551. Qualifying petitions for the November General Election shall be filed not later than 4 p.m. on the 110th (one hundred-tenth) day before the General Election, MCL 168.590C. Candidates without party affiliation are not on the August Primary ballot.

Write-in Candidate Form

Please click on the button below to download a write-in candidate form.

Apply to be an Election Inspector / Poll Worker

If you would be interested in working at the polls on Election Day, please download an inspector application below. Applications are also available at the clerk’s office. In order to work at the polls you must attend a 3 hour training session. The county elections department will be training sometime before the August Primary, probably mid July.

REAL ID INFORMATION

Is a REAL ID-compliant Driver’s License or State ID Right for You?

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, Michigan residents will need to present a REAL ID-compliant document to fly within the United States and enter certain federal facilities under federal law. Michigan Secretary of State offices now offer REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and ID cards, which are marked with a gold circle with a star inside. You will find the REAL ID star on REAL ID-compliant standard driver’s licenses and state ID cards and on the Enhanced Driver’s License and Enhanced State ID Card. Enhanced licenses and enhanced state IDs that do not have a star on them are Real ID compliant and will be printed with a star when renewed or replaced. Other compliant documents include valid U.S. passports and trusted traveler cards issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Find a full list from the federal Transportation Security Administration.

Real ID Video CaptureTo apply for a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card, you’ll need to bring your valid U.S. passport or certified birth certificate with a raised seal or stamp to any Secretary of State office. Other documents verifying legal presence are acceptedIf your name is different from what’s on your birth certificate, you’ll need to bring in a certified name-change document, such as your marriage license or court order. Multiple documents may be needed if your name has changed more than once. There is no extra cost to apply when renewing your driver’s license or ID, but if you apply outside of your normal renewal time, a duplicate card fee will be charged.

 

ENHANCED ID INFORMATION:

If you fly regularly or travel outside the country, the next time you’re up for renewal, you may want to opt for an enhanced driver’s license.

Why? Two primary reasons:

First, an enhanced license contains a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip for more security and faster border crossings. This makes an enhanced license “especially handy for business travel, vacations or quick trips,” according to the Secretary of State.
Second, because of its enhanced security, a Michigan enhanced driver’s license is already compliant with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005, making it an acceptable form of ID to board a commercial flight. In the future, a standard Michigan driver’s license may not be acceptable for this purpose, requiring you to show an alternative form of ID.

Here’s some more basic information, including how to obtain your enhanced license:

What is an enhanced driver’s license?

According to the Secretary of State:

The enhanced driver’s license is a cost-effective and convenient document that meets driving, identification and border-crossing needs. It is a federally approved document that allows you to re-enter the U.S. when traveling by land or sea from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean. While not required, the enhanced license is an excellent alternative to a standard license because it is especially handy for business travel, vacations or quick trips.

How does an enhanced license differ from a standard license?

According to the Secretary of State:

All driver’s licenses and state ID cards issued by the Secretary of State employ security features that are industry best practices to prevent the card from being fraudulently copied or used.

 Specific features of the enhanced license or ID include:

 A radio frequency identification (RFID) chip to speed border crossings. The RFID chip does not contain any personally identifying information.

  1. A machine-readable zone on the back of the card to serve as a backup if RFID equipment is unavailable.
  2. A security sleeve to protect the RFID chip from being read when the card is not being used.
  3. An image of a U.S. flag on the front indicating U.S. citizenship.
  4. The word “Enhanced” on the front.

Is an enhanced license more expensive?

Not much more. Your first enhanced license would cost $45, with renewals (every four years) costing $38, whereas a standard operator’s license costs $25 originally and $18 to renew.

How do I get an enhanced license?

A visit to a Secretary of State office is required to upgrade to an enhanced license – upgrading online or by mail isn’t yet available. You’ll want to bring:

  •  Your Social Security card
  •  Proof of citizenship (like your birth certificate)
  •  Proof of identity and residency (like your current license)

From there it should simply be a matter of getting your picture taken and paying the fee. The enhanced version of your license should arrive by mail in 2-3 weeks.

Should You Apply for a REAL ID-compliant License or ID When RENEWING? CLICK HERE FOR MOR INFORAMTION

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