There's so much noise about how to vote/ where to vote/when to vote. Get the FACTS from the people in charge of our election process. Here's a Oct 5, 2020 memo from Washtenaw County Clerk Larry Kestenbaum with Facts About Voting in Michigan
Click HERE for Washtenaw County website voting information.
Election dates in 2020 are:
- August 4, 2020 Michigan state and local offices primary
- November 3, 2020 General Election
REGISTERING TO VOTE
Michigan Secretary of State website has all the information.
REQUESTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Any registered Michigan voter may choose to vote absentee - no reason is required. To vote by Absent Voter Ballot, you must first submit a request through an Absent Voter Ballot Application, or through a written request. Absent Voter Ballot Applications may be submitted at your Clerk's Office through the Monday before the election. at 4:00 PM. If you want to receive your ballot by mail, the request must be received by the Friday before the election (with current delays in mail delivery your request should be received by Oct 19). For your convenience, Clerk's Offices will be open on the Saturday before the election from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM to issue absent voter ballots.
You can check the box on the application form to be automatically sent an application for all future elections.
Prior to the August and November elections, LWV-AAA candidate forums for Ann Arbor will be available to view on the LWVAAA YouTube channel and also at the CTN Channel 16 website.
WHAT'S ON MY BALLOT?
Go to VOTE411.org to see your ballot. Before an election you can read candidate remarks about themselves and responses to questions posed by the League. At any time VOTE411.org will help you verify your voter registration status.
KNOW YOUR VOTING RIGHTS
Click HERE to see ACLU website about voting rights
Questions you may be asking:
Am I registered to vote?
Check on the Michigan Secretary of State website
How do I register?
Michigan now has on-line voter registration or you can fill out the State of Michigan Voter Registration Application. Return the form by mail or in person to your local Clerk. OR you can visit any Secretary of State Office, County Clerk, City/ Village/ or Township clerk to register.
How do I get an absentee ballot?
Due to the passage of the statewide ballot proposal 18-3, all eligible and registered voters in Michigan may now request an absent voter ballot without providing a reason. You must fill out the absentee ballot application and return it to your City or Township Clerk by 4pm Monday before the election. Contact your City/Village or Township Clerk if you have questions.
What's on my Ballot?
There are two sources of ballot information.
You must enter your information, then follow directions to see your registration status, location of the authorized drop box for your absentee ballot, your ballot, and candidate information.
What's Happening with the Citizens Redistricting Commission?
Please see the Secretary of State page for official information
Thinking of being a candidate?
Running for Public Office 101 Thinking about running for elected office? LWV-AAA and Sigma Delta Theta co-sponsored a seminar on the topic. Click on this LINK to go to the AADL video-on-demand and view this event.
The Michigan Secretary of State and Washtenaw County Clerk websites each have lots of information about this.
Or listen to a WEMU interview with a LWVAAA member who has run for office.
On February 25, 2019, LWVAAA member and Ann Arbor Township Clerk Rena Basch shared some of her experiences running for local office and explained how to prepare and what to do to be a candidate. Listen HERE