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.
No Party Declaration Ballot
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.
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.
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
You can register for upcoming webinars as well as review materials which accompanied the prior presentations.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or plan to smile and say cheese for the camera at our Jan. 29 event.
You can read about the LWVUS' history 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.
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:
Wed, Jan 29
The Annex (building behind the GP Unitarian Church)
17150 Maumee Ave
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!
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.
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
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.
For more information go to SOS Michigan Voter Information Center
Sign up for these upcoming DEI webinars:
For additional information, go to DEI webinars and resources
To check out past Voter newsletters, click here