Lansing, MI: The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, 7/31/18, to keep the redistricting ballot initiative on the November ballot. The League of Women Voters state president Judy Karndjeff issued the following statement:
"The League of Women Voters of Michigan is thrilled that the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission will be on the November ballot. We will work for the passage of this proposal which would end partisan gerrymandering in Michigan. The League supports this independent process to allow voters to choose their politicians, instead of the other way around. This year Michigan voters will have the chance to change the way their districts are drawn following the 2020 Census. This is a victory for Michigan voters and our democracy."
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There will be a candidate forum with dinner and dialogue for District 2's Michigan Senator. (The district includes all of the Grosse Pointes, Harper Woods, and portions of Detroit).
Thursday, June 28
5:30 pm dinner, 6-8:30 program
Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL) Headquarters
1680 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
The following candidates will be invited:
Abraham Aiyash (D) Brian Banks (D) Tommy Campbell (D) George Cushingberry, Jr. (D) Lawrence E. Gannan (D) John Hauler (R) Adam Hollier (D) LaMar Lemmons (D) Anam Miah (D) John Olumba (D) Lisa Papas (R) William Phillips (D) Joe Ricci (D) Regina Williams (D)
Voter Services will conduct a Candidate Forum for the Michigan House of Representatives, Districts 1 and 2, co-sponsored with the League of Women Voters Detroit.
Wednesday, July 18
Wayne County Community College
Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center
19305 Vernier Rd
Harper Woods, MI 48225
The following candidates will be invited:
State Rep-District 1:
Gregory Creswell (Lib), Mark Corcoran (Rep), Shaun Maloy (Dem), and Tenisha Yancey (Dem)
State Rep-District 2:
Kinda Makini Anderson (Dem), Carol Banks (Dem), Willie Bell (Dem), Latisha Johnson (Dem), E. Regina Jones (Dem), John Palffy (Rep), Joe Tate (Dem), Carla Tinsley-Smith (Dem)
District 1 covers Grosse Pointe Woods, Harper Woods, and portions of Grosse Pointe Shores and Detroit.
Click here for a complete House District 1 map
District 2 covers Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Farms, and portions of Detroit.
Click here for a complete House District 2 map
Learn about the candidates who want to lead your community!
To build your personalized voter guide, go to Vote411.org, which provides voter guides and information on polling place, voting hours, and tips about voting in Michigan.
Check it out by going to: Vote411.org
1) Type in your complete address
2) Click "Get personalized information on candidates and issues" (The green box)
3) Click "Show my races"
4) Click the individual candidates to read their responses and compare their qualifications
Voters need simple, helpful tools to navigate the voting process & election day, and Vote411.org is the nation's premiere, on-line election resource.
Campaign Finance Disclosures Under the Michigan Campaign Finance Act, Public Act 388 of 1976, the Michigan Department of State (MDOS) receives campaign finance disclosure statements from the committees of all individuals who are candidates for state-level offices and all judicial offices.
Lastly, this SOS site will also show you a sample ballot.
Click here for a comprehensive Voter Q&A from the Secretary of State regarding elections
For the PROMOTE the VOTE ballot initiative--League members and others will be collecting signatures with plans to have the proposal on the ballot in November 2018. To change the Constitution, a majority of Michigan voters have to approve the proposed amendment. The Legislature cannot change the Constitution without a vote of the people
The PROMOTE the VOTE ballot initiative would amend Michigan's Constitution to:
A LWVGP committee is now being organized. Contact Sue Acton at firstname.lastname@example.org to get in on the ground floor of this exciting effort!
This requirement does not apply if you: (1) personally hand deliver this form to your county, city or township clerk's office instead of mailing the form, (2) are 60 years of age or older, (3) are disabled, or (4) are eligible to vote under the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.
Not sure if you'll be able to vote in person in November and worry about qualifying for an absentee ballot? Other possible solutions:
1. Vote in the August primary and satisfy the "First Time Voter" requirement. (Besides, state and local elections are just as important!)
Per Michigan's SOS site:
"Voting in person on one governmental level clears the restriction on the other levels. For example, if a voter subject to the restriction votes in person at a school election, the voter would be free to obtain an absentee ballot for the first state election in which he or she wishes to participate"
2. Apply for your Absentee Voter Ballot in person with your City Clerk
Per Michigan's SOS FAQ page:
QUES: I must vote in person, because I registered to vote by mail and have not voted in Michigan before. Is there a way I can vote absentee?
ANS: If you are subject to the "voting in person" requirement and have a need for an absent voter ballot, you can satisfy the requirement by requesting an absent voter ballot in person from the clerk of the city or township where you are registered to vote by the day preceding the election.
The deadline to register to vote is 30 days before the election:
July 9: Last day to register for Aug 7, 2018 primary
Oct 9: Last day to register for the Nov 6, 2018 election
For full, official, & complete details from the Secretary of State, print out the SOS pamphlet, Michigan Votes: Make Your Voice Heard: Your Guide to Registering and Voting in Michigan
Already registered but want to make sure everything's up-to-date?
Check the status of your registration here
City of Grosse Pointe election information
Grosse Pointe Public Schools
Wayne County elections page