Elections

Trail_Going_Under_Trail_TressleThe City Clerk's Office
The City Clerk’s office conducts all elections in the city for School, Local, State and Federal elections.  Voter registration records are maintained by the Clerk’s office using the state-wide Qualified Voter File. For voter registration or if you would like to request an absentee ballot or have questions please feel free to contact the Clerk’s office by phone at
 734-580-2234 or send an e-mail to Jbreyer@dextermi.gov

For each election hosted by the City, the City offices will be open the Saturday prior from 9am - 5pm. 

2020 Elections
March 10, 2020 - Presidential Primary Election
August 4, 2020 - Primary Election for Offices Other Than President
November 3, 2020 - General Election

An election will be held on March 10, 2020 for the purposes of the Presidential Primary.  Voters will have the option of selecting a ballot for a specific political party or a "proposal only" ballot, which will not contain options for the Presidential Primary. It is anticipated that absentee ballot applications will be mailed out to residents on the permanent absentee voter list before December 31, 2019. Ballots will be available to be mailed out the week of January 20, 2020. The Michigan Bureau of Elections has provided direction that absentee ballot applications mailed to the permanent absentee voter list will provide selection options for the March and November 2020 elections. Voters should note that there will, at minimum, also be an August 2020 Election. Additional absentee ballot application forms will also be mailed prior to the August and November 2020 elections. 

Registering to Vote
Residents of the City of Dexter that are United States Citizens and are over the age of 18 may register to vote in person at the Dexter City Offices (8123 Main St., 2nd Floor, Dexter, MI 48130) or may mail a registration form to the address listed above. Residents may register to vote by mail up to 15 days prior to an Election; between 14 days prior to an Election and Election Day, residents must register to vote in person at the Clerk's Office with either a valid driver's license showing the correct Dexter address, or a valid driver's license and proof of residency at the location they are attempting to register. Residents may not register to vote at their Precinct on Election Day. The City Clerk's Office will be open the Saturday before each City Election from 9am - 5pm. 

Voting Precincts

Precinct 1 and Precinct 3 - Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor Street, Dexter, MI 48130
Precinct 2 - St. Andrew's Church, 7610 Ann Arbor Street., Dexter, MI 48130

Absentee Ballots
Absentee ballots for elections are issued by the clerk’s office. Recent legislation passed in November, 2018 that allows those qualified and registered to vote in Michigan to receive an absent voter ballot without having to provide a reason. This means that any registered voter may now request an absent voter ballot for any Election. A signed application is still required for all Elections in order to receive a ballot. Absent voter ballot applications are mailed out by the City Clerk’s Office approximately two months prior to an Election. Voters can obtain an application by contacting the City Clerk’s Office or by downloading an application from the Permits and Forms page.

Election Results

Starting after 8:00pm on Election night, Election Results may be obtained from the Washtenaw County Clerk's Website.

Running for City Offices
Elections for City Offices are held in even numbered years. City Council terms are staggered and last for four years. The filing deadline to run for office is in August of election years, please consult with the State Elections Calendar prior to each election.  Petitions are available at the City office.

Election Inspectors
The City of Dexter is regularly seeking Dexter area residents interested in working at the polls on Election Day as an Election Inspector. These are paid positions, no experience is necessary, full training is provided, and applicants must be 16 and older. Election Inspectors work with the chairperson, co-chairperson, and other inspectors to set up the precinct on Election Day. They assist voters throughout the voting process by checking their identification, verifying that the voter is eligible to vote and is in the correct voting precinct, recording the voter in the electronic poll book, assigning/issuing their ballot, assisting them with tabulating their ballot, as well as resolving any issues that arise during the day. Election Inspectors also assist in closing the precinct after 8 pm. Those interested should visit the Permits and Forms page, complete an Election Inspector Application Form, and submit it to the City Clerk by e-mail at Jbreyer@dextermi.gov, or in-person at the City Offices.