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Please note: For information on Macomb County's Voter Services election news, click here

DISTRICT 1 ELECTION TO VOTE FOR A NEW REPRESENTATIVE IN THE STATE HOUSE

This is a Message from the State House District 1 Staff:
Brian Banks resigned as the representative of the 1st House District in February, but staff of House District 1 are still available to assist you. They will make every effort to respond to your needs, questions and concerns as soon as possible. To contact their office, please call (517) 373-0154 or reach them toll-free at (888) 254-5291, or leave them a message using this contact form

The primary election for Brian Banks' replacement is on Aug. 8.
The general election will be on Nov. 7.

Click here for additional information on the special election for District 1 State Representative.
To review the current candidate list, click here.

In the Pointes, State House District 1 covers GP Shores, GP Woods, Harper Woods as well as an eastern section of Detroit. To review the complete district map, click here

MI SOS: WHAT EVERY VOTER NEEDS TO KNOW

Click here for additional information regarding Election Day rules including info regarding photography, candidate promotional wear at the polls, Michigan's voting equipment, & poll challengers

Click here for a comprehensive Voter Q&A from the Secretary of State regarding November 8th election

watch online ONE OF OUR SCHOOL BOARD FORUMS

Missed one of our school board forums? Watch a rebroadcast online

Harper Woods School Board

Grosse Pointe School Board
This will also be shown on Comcast Channel 20 at 11:00 am and 6:00 pm.

REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY (RTA) ASSESSMENT PROPOSAL

The League of Women Voters (LWV) is a non-partisan political organization. We don't support or oppose any candidate. We do, however, advocate for or oppose issues for which the League has established a position. Such an issue is regional transportation. We, the undersigned local League Presidents, urge you to vote yes to authorize the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Assessment Proposal on November 8.

A YES vote for the RTA proposal will benefit residents, communities and businesses by connecting Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties; increasing independence for seniors and people with disabilities; connecting people to work; and boosting economic development. Currently, 92 percent of jobs in the region can't be reached within 60 minutes using existing transit. Every $1 invested in regional transit returns about $4 in economic benefits, thus increasing economic growth. Reliable, connected regional transit will ensure frequent, seamless service throughout Southeast Michigan for the first time. Our region will achieve all of that with a 1.2 mil property tax that will cost the average household $96 per year.

For more information, visit: rtamichigan.org, and vote "yes" on November 8.

Local LWV Presidents:
Nancy Schewe, Ann Arbor Area
Betsy Cushman, Dearborn/Dearborn Heights
Suzanne Cleage, Detroit State Unit
Tom Wells, Grosse Pointe

Angela Ryan, Northwest Wayne County
Jerry Burden, Oakland Area
Pamela Brady, Troy Area

VOTER GUIDES FOR SPECIFIC RACES

LWV Voter Guides on Vote411.org

Vote411.org

To build your personalized voter guide, go to Vote411.org, which provides voter guides; helps the electorate find their polling place; check voting hours; and read tips about voting in Michigan.

Voters need simple, helpful tools to navigate the voting process and election day, and Vote411.org is the nation's premiere, on-line election resource now available.

For additional information & voter guides, you can go to: Vote411.org
1) Type in your complete address
2) Click "Get personalized information on candidates and issues"
3) Click "Show my races"
4) Click the individual candidates to read their responses and compare their qualifications

CHECK ON YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION & THE STATUS OF YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT AT THE SOS WEBSITE

Are you registered to vote this November?
Check your registration by going to the Secretary of State's website.
Your registration can be checked with drivers license number & date of birth -OR- name, date of birth, and zip code.
You can also track your absentee ballot (when application request received/ballot sent/ballot received)
Lastly, this SOS site will also show you a sample ballot.

Michigan Secretary of State (SOS) Election Information

SOS 'Elections in Michigan' home page

Michigan Voter Registration Application (.pdf form)

Michigan Absentee Voter Ballot Application (.pdf form)

Rules Covering Voter Identification at the Polls

Check out Michigan's redistricting maps

Voter Information Center/Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Redistricting Information: Know Your District

  • IMPORTANT! The Grosse Pointes & Harper Woods are now in US Congressional District 14.

  • IMPORTANT! Grosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointe Shores, and Harper Woods are now in Michigan House District 1. Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Park, and Grosse Pointe Farms are now in Michigan House District 2.

City Halls' Postings of Sample Ballots for 11/8/16

Before elections, a few of the Pointes' city halls post a sample ballot. It can be helpful to know ahead of time all the races that you'll be asked to vote on.

We'll post the link here as they're offered.

Grosse Pointe Woods

Harper Woods

Do you need to register for this year's upcoming election?

Print out The Voter Registration Application and hand deliver it to your City Clerk.
But please note, a very important message from Michigan's Secretary of State's Office:

Michigan election law requires that you must appear in person to vote in the first election in which you wish to participate.

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 on November 8th and worry about qualifying for an absentee ballot?

Other possible solutions:

1. Vote in the August 2 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 5:
Last day to register for Aug 2 primary
Oct 11: Last day to register for the Nov 8 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

Local Information

Many of our communities have their own election webpages with information about precinct locations, sample ballots, absentee voting, etc. Check out your city's information here:

CITY HALLS:
City of Grosse Pointe election information

Grosse Pointe Farms elections page

Grosse Pointe Park election information

Grosse Pointe Shores election information

Grosse Pointe Woods election information:

Harper Woods election information:

SCHOOL BOARDS:
Grosse Pointe Public Schools

Harper Woods Public Schools

WAYNE COUNTY:
Wayne County elections page

HOT OFF THE PRESS: LWVGP'S "YOUR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS 2016" IS NOW AVAILABLE

LWVGP's comprehensive brochure for 2016 which lists the officials who represent you in the many different levels of government is now available. Look for it at local city halls, schools, libraries and other civic institutions, or print it out here:
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View a Rebroadcast of Our Town Hall Re "Redistricting in Michigan"

Were you unable to attend the LWV-GP's "Redistricting in Michigan" Town Hall Meeting at the War Memorial on Oct 21?
It's been recorded so you can watch it on your computer at your convenience.
Click here (Begins at 5:20)
Speaker is Judy Karandjeff, President of LWV-Michigan

Thanks to the GPPS for their help with the production and presentation of this video

Citizens Research Council of Michigan