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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.

March 10 Sample Ballots

Some of our GP/HW city halls provide a digital sample ballot on their website. We will list them here.
Here are GP Woods' March 10th Sample Ballots:

Republican Ballot

Democratic Ballot

No Party Declaration Ballot

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.


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.

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.

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

Or reach the tool by going to 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

LWV Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Webinars

Webinars are available covering the various aspects of the issue. Check it out here. LWVUS lists dates, times, and details of the monthly presentations.

You can register for upcoming webinars as well as review materials which accompanied the prior presentations.

Feb 14th: LWV's 100th anniversary

The 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voter's national organization, is Feb. 14. All leagues throughout the country are asked to participate in several ways.

We're inviting our members to participate in the online social media campaign for that day. Marge Freundl, who handles our Facebook page, will be posting pics of members, along with a statement of WHY that person joined the League. To participate, just fill out this simple form - and either send a selfie to or plan to smile and say cheese for the camera at our Jan. 29 event.

You can read about the LWVUS' history here


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: Page 1 and Page 2

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

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:

Jan 29: Annual Program Planning Meeting

Annual program planning is coming up! RSVP now.

Wed, Jan 29
6:30 p.m.
The Annex (building behind the GP Unitarian Church)
17150 Maumee Ave
GP 48230

Instead of Chinese food, this year will include an Italian menu from The Pepperoni Grille.

$15/person includes dinner of spaghetti, pizza, salad, rolls, soft drinks.

Please RSVP. You can print out the RSVP form here, and remember to enclose your check.
DEADLINE for RSVP's is January 25

Send checks made out to LWVGP to
Vicki Granger, 2073 Norwood, GP Woods, MI 48236

Need a ride? League Taxi Service available! Contact Jan Wells at 313.884.9604 and don't miss the fun!

School Board Interviews Available Online.

GPPSS School Board Q&A with Candidates

BOE - Special Meeting
Thurs, Jan. 16
Two Panels at 6:00 and 7:30 PM
Brownell MS - Multipurpose Room
260 Chalfonte
GP Farms, MI 48236

From the GPPSS administration: "There are 16 candidates who have applied to fill this vacancy by BOE appointment. There will be two sessions (8 candidates a piece): one starting at 6 p.m., one at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. This will be taped and televised, but not livestreamed so those candidates in the second session do not have an advantage over those in the first session.
The League of Women Voters Grosse Pointe will be moderating.

The administration is providing a copy of the candidates' applications online. Read them here

Check back Thursday evening, the LWVGP hopes to post a link to the interviews as soon as it receives it.

Comments to the Board following the interviews can be made here

The Board of Education will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m., January 17, (in Brownell's MPR) to appoint a new trustee. That trustee will begin with the regular board meeting January 27. For additional information click here

LWV's Voter Guides & Voter Information

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

To build your personalized voter guide, go to, which provides voter guides and information on polling place, voting hours, and tips about voting in Michigan.

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

Important links to the Secretary of State's Office for voting information

LWV Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Webinars

A series of webinars, which provides a deeper dive into the DEI topic, began June 27th. These webinars, (recordings of the Spring ones are still available), offer tools any member can use in League work or other aspects of life. The webinars are free and you can choose to either participate or just listen in.

Sign up for these upcoming DEI webinars:

October 30, 2019. Register
November 21, 2019. Register
December 19, 2019. Register

For additional information, go to DEI webinars and resources


The League of Women Voters, in both its values and practices, affirms its belief and commitment to diversity and pluralism. LWV recognizes that diverse perspectives are important and necessary for responsible and representative decision making, and subscribes to the belief that diversity and pluralism are fundamental to the values it upholds.
Inclusiveness enhances the organization's ability to respond more effectively to changing conditions and needs, and therefore, LWV will in both principles and practices promote the inclusion in participation in any activity of LWV all persons whatever their gender, race, socio-economic status, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability. Read more about the League's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion by clicking here and here.

LWVGP Bylaws

With the merger of the Ed Fund and the LWVGP in 2019, we adopted new bylaws.
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