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JUNE 17 PRIMARY ELECTION CANDIDATE FORUM: MI HOUSE DISTRICT 2

The invited candidates are: Taylor Harrell (D), Mayra Rodriguez (R), Joseph Tate (D)

The Forum will be online via Zoom
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
7-8:30 pm

You can participate by submitting questions (for the candidates to answer) by noon June 16 to: lwvgrossepointe@gmail.com.

FYI: District 2 includes the City of Grosse Pointe, GP Farms, GP Park & parts of Detroit.

Sponsored by:
League of Women Voters - Grosse Pointe and
League of Women Voters - Detroit

To check out our flyer, click here

REMINDER: SIGN UP FOR YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT

Reminder, that beginning May 21, you can download your absentee ballot application at the Michigan Voter Information Center.

Voters can use one application to obtain an absentee ballot for both the August 4 primary election and the November 3 general election by checking the box for "Both 2020 Elections" in "Step 2" of the application. (You can also request to be on the list permanently.)

Click here to fill in and print out your application for an absentee ballot

Absentee Voting in Michigan

An important reminder (especially after witnessing those long voter lines in other states' primaries!), that thanks to the passage of Promote the Vote in 2018, Michigan now has "no-reason Absentee Voting".

So should you prefer to vote in the comfort of your own home, you can request an absentee ballot without needing a reason. Then you may either mail it in or drop it off with your local clerk.

Go to Michigan.gov/sos to request your absentee ballot. Also, please note that you will be given the option to make this request permanently or just for the next upcoming election.

ZOOM WEBINAR REGARDING APPLYING FOR THE INDEPENDENT CITIZENS REDISTRICTING COMMISSION

Join LWVMI.org for a ZOOM webinar presentation by Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and LWVMI Vice President Sue Smith, followed by a Q&A, on May 21, 2020, from 5 - 6 p.m.

Register here in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you have questions for the Secretary of State Benson or staff or LWVMI VP Sue Smith, please send to president@lwvmi.org

About Serving on the Commission:

  • The Commission will begin meeting by Fall of 2020, no later than Oct. 15.
  • The Commission must solicit public input from communities across the state through open meetings and public hearings (at least 15 total).
  • Each of the 13 commissioners will receive compensation of about $40,000.
  • The deadline for the Commission to adopt a redistricting plan for Michigan's House and Senate and U.S. Congressional districts is Nov. 1, 2021.

These new districts will take effect for the 2022 elections.

EXPANDED ABSENTEE VOTING IN MAY 5 ELECTIONS

Governor Gretchen Whitmer today, 3/27/20, signed Executive Order 2020-27, encouraging Michiganders to vote absentee by allowing the Department of State to assist local jurisdictions in mailing absentee ballot applications to every registered voter, and to provide absentee ballots directly to new registrants.

Local jurisdictions will still need to keep at least one polling place open for those who wish to vote in-person or are unable to vote by mail.

"While we work to slow the spread of COVID-19, we must do everything we can to encourage Michiganders to stay home and stay safe,"Governor Whitmer said. "The fewer people we have lining up at polling places the better, ensuring Michiganders safely practice social distancing while allowing them to safely exercise their right to vote in local elections."

Michiganders who want to register to vote in the May 5 election are strongly encouraged to do so by April 20. They can register online or by mail using this form available.

Those who miss the deadline are still able to register to vote and can do so at their township or city clerk's office, but should call ahead first.

The complete press release can be found here

Sign up to vote absentee at michigan.gov/sos/

2020 CITIZENS REDISTRICTING COMMISSION

***SPECIAL ALERT: Applications Now Being Accepted for the Citizens Redistricting Commission***

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced at a press conference that the application process is now open for Michigan's Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Applications are now available online and can be found at www.redistrictingmichigan.org.

According to the Secretary of State "all applications must be printed and notarized before being returned to the Michigan Department of State by June 1, 2020."

Additional fliers explaining the timeline & process for joining the commission that'll draw Michigan's political district lines are:


MICHIGAN'S ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION IS LIVE!!

From the office of Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson:
"We are pleased to announce that the Online Voter Registration website is now available and can be found at www.Michigan.gov/VoterRegistration.

Or reach the tool by going to www.Michigan.gov/Vote and selecting the "Register to Vote" option located on the left panel of the page.

Residents across the state can take advantage of this convenient way of registering to vote. Current voters can easily change their address using this website.

Registering to vote has never been easier and can be accomplished by navigating five easy screens:
1) Welcome screen 2) Qualifications 3) Personal information 4) Address 5) Congratulations screen with receipt option

To use this convenient website, visitors must currently have a Michigan Driver's License or Personal Identification Card and qualify to vote in the state of Michigan (i.e., citizen, age, residency).

New registrations and changes of addresses will be passed to the Qualified Voter File (QVF) in real time!

MARCH 10, 2020 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY

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The 2020 Presidential Primary is designated as a "closed primary", which means citizens participating in the election must choose a Democratic, Republican or no-Presidential Primary (local issues only where applicable) ballot when voting absentee or at the polls on Election Day.

Please note: While a voter must select a specific party ballot, there is no political party registration in Michigan's voter registration system.

Applications for an Absentee Ballot that is unique to this year's March 10 Presidential Primary can be printed from here.

The three ballot types to choose from are:
1) Republican Party Presidential Primary Ballot;
2) Democratic Party Presidential Primary Ballot; or
3) Ballot without a Presidential Primary (LOCAL ISSUES ONLY).

The form also features the option to join the Permanent Absentee Voter List for future elections.

To check your registration, click here
To learn more about Michigan's Closed Presidential Primary Election, click here.

ADDITIONAL VOTING RIGHTS & ELECTION PROTECTION INFO

The website michiganvoting.org, an excellent new resource sponsored by the ACLU with contributions from LWVMI, NAACP and many voting rights advocate organizations, went live this month! Visit Michiganvoting.org for voting rights and election protection information.

Consider Being an Election Poll Worker

This is a critical time when our clerks need workers to help at the polls. Here is information about what the job entails. With the addition of our new Voting Rights in Michigan, it is even more critical that we have League members take on this important task.

The City of Detroit, along with the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods, are all seeking Poll Workers and Absentee Ballot counters. Here is an update from the City of Detroit and their needs.

Minimum qualifications: Must be at least 16 years old and if 18 or older, must be registered to vote in Michigan. Can't be a candidate or have an immediate family member who is (except precinct delegate candidates can work in precincts other than their own). Must indicate party affiliation, independent not an option.

  • Electronic Poll Book Inspectors will be paid $240 for each Election Day which will include a mandatory 3-hour training session. Election Day work will run from 6 a.m. until about 9 p.m. depending on whether voters are in line when polls close at 8 p.m. and how long it takes to perform closing tasks. Training times for this job for the March 10 primary are from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, February 8 at Wayne County Community College (801 W. Fort), Wednesday, February,12 at WCCC (801 W. Fort), or Monday, February17 at WCCC East, (5901 Conner).

  • Absentee Counting Board Inspectors will be paid $175 for Election Day work including a mandatory 3-hour training session. Work will begin at 6 a.m. and last until the last ballot is counted. Training times for these jobs for the March 10 primary are from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, February 10 at Wayne County Community College (801 W. Fort), Wednesday, February 15 at WCCC East, (5901 Conner), or Monday, February 19 at WCCC East, (5901 Conner).

For the above Detroit positions, please contact Deborah Groban Olson, Attorney at Law, PLLC, (313) 331-7821 office. For poll workers in Harper Woods and the Grosse Pointes, please contact the local clerk at the following numbers: Harper Woods, 313-343-2510; Grosse Pointe Park, 313-822-6200; Grosse Pointe, 313-885-5800; Grosse Pointe Farms, 313-885-6600; Grosse Pointe Woods, 313-343-2440; Grosse Pointe Shores, 313-881-6565.

Q&A from the Secretary of State Regarding the March 10 Primary

To learn more about Michigan's Closed Presidential Primary Election click here.
Important information includes:

What is the difference between an Open Primary and a Closed Primary?

Voters in an open primary are given a ballot with a column listing each qualified party's candidates. Voters then decide which party primary they wish to participate in by voting only in the column of their party choice while in the privacy of the voting station. Voting for candidates in more than a single party's column will void the entire partisan ballot.

Voters in closed primaries must state the party primary they wish to participate in before being issued a ballot. The ballot given to voters only has candidates of the party that corresponds to the voter's choice.

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I already voted and returned my absentee ballot; the candidate I voted for has since suspended his campaign. Can I change my vote?

You may request and vote a replacement ballot. You must submit your request in writing to your city or township clerk no later than 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2020 or appear in person at your local clerk's office prior to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 9, 2020. All ballots must be received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. In this situation, your city or township clerk will void your original ballot and issue you a new ballot. Contact (or visit) your local clerk immediately if you are interested in doing so.

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When I select a party ballot for the Presidential Primary, does that mean I have to vote in the same party primary in August?

No. The written selection made by a voter at the Presidential Primary has no bearing on how a person votes in the State Primary election.

The LWV's VOTE411.ORG

Vote411.org

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

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 "Find What's On Your Ballot"
3) Click "Show my races"
4) Click the individual candidates to read their responses and compare their qualifications

UNDERSTANDING MICHIGAN'S NEW VOTING LAWS

Proposal 3 was a measure that expanded voting rights by making voting more accessible to more people. To learn about the changes, download your own copy of the LWVGP brochure New Rights for Michigan Voters

Preliminary Summary: "Promote The Vote" & The November 5th Election

Preliminary information from the Michigan Secretary of State shows that Michigan voters took advantage of the new Promote the Vote constitutional amendment. Within 14 days of the November 5 election, 2,022 Michigan voters registered to vote and voted, with over 1,131 registering and voting on Election Day!

One-third of those registering on Election Day were 18-21 years old and more than half were 30 years old or younger. In addition, 314 people aged 60 or older registered and voted during the 14-day timeframe.

With additional education and awareness about the new law, these numbers should only increase for the 2020 election.

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

Are you registered to vote?
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

Need to register?

Click here for a Michigan Voter Registration Application (.pdf form)

Need an absentee ballot?

Click here for a Michigan Absentee Voter Ballot Application (.pdf form)

Check your Voter Registration and See a Sample Ballot

Frequently Asked Questions

Rules Covering Voter Identification at the Polls

For more information go to SOS Michigan Voter Information Center

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.

Local Governments' Election 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" IS NOW AVAILABLE

LWVGP's comprehensive brochure 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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Redistricting Information: Know Your District

The Grosse Pointes & Harper Woods are in US Congressional District 14.

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