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.

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.

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

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

Election Dates

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

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

Applications for absentee ballots will be mailed for each election for anyone over 60 years of age that has requested to be put on the permanent absentee listing. If you would like to be put on the permanent listing, please email, call or write 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 on Election Day.

Others that are in need of an absentee ballot must fill out an application and return it to the clerk in order to receive a ballot. Please contact the clerk’s office if you would like an application sent to you for a current election, or click on the button below to fill out an application and send it to the clerk.

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 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.

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.

Join the Lodi Township Email List

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