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MARCH 10, 2020 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY

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 learn more about Michigan's Closed Presidential Primary Election click here.

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!

- December 3, 2019

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.

The League of Women Voters of Michigan is pleased the Citizens Redistricting Commission is moving forward for the 2022 election. We have worked hard for fair districts and we are excited that the end of Michigan's severely gerrymandered districts is now in sight.

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:

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

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.