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Ann Arbor City Clerk’s

Satellite Office @ UMMA

Transforming a gallery into a visible hub of student voting


One of our most impactful projects in 2020 was creating a satellite City Clerk’s office in U-M’s campus art museum. Over the course of six weeks, 5,412 voters registered and 8,501 ballots were collected!


We designed every aspect of the experience to be welcoming and reassuring for new college-age voters. Students could ask questions of peer volunteers, read explanatory materials and interact directly with city clerk staff throughout the process. The office, located in the center of campus life, made it possible for students to register, request and receive an absentee ballot, and return their ballot all in one visit.

Thank you to our partners

The Ann Arbor City Clerk's Office @ UMMA would not have been possible without the vision and efforts of Ann Arbor City Clerk Jacqueline Beaudry and her longtime collaborator Professor Edie Goldenberg (Ford School). Briannon Cierpilowski spearheaded the initiative at UMMA, which welcomed the project with open arms. Michael Rein (U-M Office of the Vice President for Government Relations) facilitated the complicated behind-the-scenes logistics and dedicated UM student volunteers with Turn Up Turnout and the Big Ten Voting Challenge worked long hours to assist their peers and keep democracy rolling! Thanks to University of Michigan's Democracy and Debate Theme Semester for generously supporting this project.

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