The Forum will be online via Zoom
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
You can participate by submitting questions (for the candidates to answer) by noon June 16 to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FYI: District 2 includes the City of Grosse Pointe, GP Farms, GP Park & parts of Detroit.
League of Women Voters - Grosse Pointe and
League of Women Voters - Detroit
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.)
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.
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 email@example.com
About Serving on the Commission:
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."
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
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Lastly, this SOS site will also show you a sample ballot.
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.
City of Grosse Pointe election information
Grosse Pointe Public Schools
Wayne County elections page
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.