MICHIGAN VOTER GUIDE 2023
We vote for our families. As Asian Americans, we deserve a future where our loved ones do not simply survive, but thrive with inclusive education, healthcare access, economic justice, reproductive rights, a clean environment and more. We need leaders who will represent the dignity and care of our communities, and voting enables us to determine the policies that will have a direct impact on our children, our elders, our partners, our families and friends.
Asian Americans are a powerful force for change and advocacy in the state of Michigan. As the fastest growing electorate across the country, our votes are a margin of victory. We have the potential to shape our communities at the state and national levels.
We can vote for change. We can vote for officials who will lead and represent. But most of all, we can vote for the well being and care of our families and loved ones in November.
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WHAT ARE MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS?Michigan Municipal Elections are local elections held in municipalities across the state of Michigan for the purpose of electing city, village, and township officials. These elections are held in odd-numbered years and typically include the election of mayors, city council members, and other local positions.
WHY ARE THESE ELECTIONS IMPORTANT? WHAT IS AT STAKE?LOCAL LEADERSHIP: Though national offices such as for President and for Congress have more prominence, local electeds can have enormous impact on our communities. City officials and school board members make decisions that govern us at the hyperlocal level, impacting our everyday living experiences. EDUCATION: School board members determine our children’s education, with oversight of curriculum, textbooks, school libraries and more. It is crucial that families remain engaged with their school boards to ensure students have an inclusive and healthy education.
WHAT WILL VOTERS DECIDE?The municipal elections will decide who will be governing and determining the local policy decisions that impact the lives of our families and loved ones. Here's what is on the ballot: OFFICES UP FOR ELECTION Mayor City Clerk City Council At Large City Council For Your District Want to prepare? You can see a sample ballot for any precinct in Michigan for the upcoming election. Go to the Michigan Voter Information Center to obtain your information.
AM I ELIGIBLE TO VOTE?To be eligible to vote, you must be: A Michigan resident (at the time you register) and a resident of your city or township for at least 30 days (when you vote) A United States citizen At least 18 years of age (when you vote) Not currently serving a sentence in jail or prison You can register when you are 17.5 years old, but you can’t vote until you’re 18. PROOF OF RESIDENCY: If you register within 14 days of Election Day, you must show proof of where you live. You can show a digital copy of documents. Acceptable documents include: Michigan driver’s license or state ID Current utility bill Bank statement Paycheck or government check Other government document
HOW CAN I VOTE?BY ABSENTEE BALLOT: This is the easiest way to vote! You can apply for an absentee ballot and vote in person at your local clerk's office right away, or you can return it by mail or at a dropbox at your clerk’s office by 8PM on Election Day. If you are returning your ballot within two weeks of election day, we recommend hand-delivering your ballot to avoid possible postal delays. IN PERSON: Polls open on Election Day, November 7th from 7am to 8pm. You can obtain your absentee ballot, find your dropbox and look up your polling place at https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/
HOW DO I VOTE IF I DON'T SPEAK ENGLISH?By law, the Michigan Secretary of State must provide in-language voting resources for citizens to use. These resources include sample ballots, translated website information, and more. Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act requires equal access to voting for people with limited English, as determined by the census. In the city of Hamtramck, for example, ballots in Bangla must be available to the significant Bangladeshi community in that area. Languages served include Arabic, Mandarin, Bengali, Korean, Vietnamese, Russian, French, Amharic, Somali and Russian. You can find language resources at: https://www.michigan.gov/sos/language-services Michigan law also allows for non-English speaking voters to bring a friend along to the polling booth who can help translate the ballot, excepting their employer or union representative.
DO I NEED A PHOTO ID TO VOTE?At the polls, you will be asked to show current photo ID to vote in Michigan. Acceptable forms include: Michigan driver's license or state ID card current (non-expired) driver's license or personal ID card issued by another state federal or state government-issued photo ID US passport military ID card with a photo student ID with a photo from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education tribal ID card with a photo No photo ID? You can still vote! If you are unable to provide ID, you can vote like any other voter by signing an affidavit.
WHAT ARE IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER?SEPTEMBER 28TH Early voting begins! Absentee Ballots are available and can be mailed or dropped off at your local clerk’s office. OCTOBER 23RD Last day to register to vote online or submit an application via mail (must be postmarked by this date). OCTOBER 25TH to NOVEMBER 7TH In-person voter registration period. You can register to vote at your clerk’s office all the way until Election Day. NOVEMBER 3RD Last day to request an absentee ballot online/received by mail. NOVEMBER 6TH Last day to obtain an absentee ballot in person at a clerk’s office. NOVEMBER 7TH Election Day! Polls open at 7AM and close at 8PM. Absentee ballots due at the clerk’s office or drop box by 8PM.
WHAT IF I ENCOUNTER DIFFICULTIES VOTING OR INTIMIDATION AT THE POLLS?On Election Day, poll monitors will be in place to ensure that voters have access to their ballots without intimidation or obstruction. If you encounter difficulties in voting (harassment, lack of language access materials, lack of disability access, inappropriate electioneering, etc.) those problems should be reported, challenged and documented. ELECTION PROTECTION is a national nonpartisan coalition that provides legal assistance at all stages of voting, from registration to casting a ballot at the polls. Problems with voting access and/or intimidation at the polls should be reported to their national hotline, 866-OUR-VOTE. Non English-speaking Asian American voters can call the 888-API-VOTE to report issues as well. BECOME A POLL MONITOR! Rising Voices also provides volunteers to act as poll monitors on Election Day at precincts across Michigan. Volunteers are trained and sent to assigned polls to act as officially designated nonpartisan monitors. This is a great way to help ensure your community members are able to exercise their right to vote without difficulty. To join us, go to www.risingvoicesaaf.org/volunteer
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This voter guide was compiled by
Rising Voices Fund, a nonprofit organization that seeks to organize and develop the leadership of Asian American women (cis, trans, Gender Non-Conforming and femme-identifying) in the state of Michigan.
Rising Voices Fund is sponsored by the Center for Empowered Politics Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization.
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