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Who are we? What do we do?


The League of Women Voters of Holland Area is a non-partisan organization working to empower voters and defend democracy.  We provide information about the voting process, hold candidate forums, sponsor voter registration drives, publish voter guides and maintain the VOTE411 website. These are are just a few examples of our league’s activities.


We do not support or oppose any candidates. We do study issues and take positions on those issues. One example is the League’s support of Proposal 2 – Promote the Vote 2022, the amendment to Michigan’s Constitution that was approved by voters in November.

 

We have just over 100 members – both men and women. League members have a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.  They support the work of the league by volunteering for events, attending meetings, helping with activities, and studying issues. 

Membership is open to anyone who is at least 18 years old. Interested in learning more or joining us for a meeting? Have a question? Contact us!

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Election Results - November 8, 2022

You can find results of the November 8th election on each County Clerk's 
website.  Links are below.

Ottawa County Election Results
  
Allegan County Election Results        

Muskegon County Election


Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

Your Voter Toolbox

Do you have questions about voting or upcoming elections?
We can help!




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Who Can Vote?
Who Can Vote?
  • Are you a U.S. Citizen?
  • Have you been a resident of a city or township in Michigan for at least 30 days (as of Election Day)?
  • Are you at least 17 1/2 years old AND will be 18 years old by Election Day?
  • Are you NOT currently serving a sentence in jail or prison?

If you answered "Yes" to these questions, then you can vote!

What if you are homeless?
 You can still register to vote. Use a street corner, park, shelter, or other place where you usually stay as your address. 

 Learn more about your rights as a voter:Voting Rights in Michigan

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Registering to Vote
Registering to Vote

You can register to vote online, at any Secretary of State Branch Office, or at your local city, township or county clerk's office. 

To register online, go to
Michigan Voter Information Center
The deadline for registering online is 15 days before the election.

To find your local clerk's office, go to:
Ottawa County Clerks Information
Allegan County Clerks Information
You can register at the clerk's office up until 8pm on Election Day at the clerk's office. They are also open some weekends before the election. Check with your local clerk for dates and hours.

To find a Michigan Secretary of State Branch Office, go to:
Secretary of State Office Locator

What will you need to register to vote?
You will need proof that you are eligible to vote.(Proof of Michigan residency, U.S. citizenship, your birthdate, and that you are not serving a sentence in jail or prison).
You will also need proof of where you live. (Driver's license or Michigan ID, current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or other government document.)

We have more information about voter registration on our voter registration page: Voter Registration

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Voting Before Election Day
Voting Before Election Day

You can vote before Election Day  using an Absentee Ballot. All registered voters in Michigan are now able to vote using an absentee ballot - you don't need a reason or excuse.

To request an absentee ballot online go to:
Apply Online for an Absentee Ballot

You can also go to your local clerk's office to request an absentee ballot. Find your local clerk's office:
Allegan County Clerks Information
Ottawa County Clerks Information

Be sure to return your absentee ballot to your local clerk's office no later than 8PM on Election Day. You can mail it to your clerk's office OR drop it off in the drop box at the clerk's office. BE SURE that you return your ballot to YOUR CLERK'S office. 

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Voting on Election Day
Voting on Election Day

Do you know where to vote on Election Day?  It will depend on where you live.
Go here to: 
Find out where YOU vote

The polls are open from 7am until 8pm on Election Day. If you are in line at 8pm, you have the right to vote.
You can see a sample of your ballot before you vote, so that you are prepared. 
To find the ballot that you will be voting on, go here:   
Find a sample of your ballot

What if you need help? 
You have the right to assistance from election officials.  For example, you can ask for instructions on how to use the voting equipment. 

Do you need a photo ID to vote?
You will be asked for a photo ID when you go to vote.  If you do not have a photo ID or do not have it with you, you can sign a form and then vote.
Examples of photo ID (a document with your name and picture) include:
A driver's license from any state, high school or college ID, passport, military or government issued ID, Tribal ID card.  Electronic or paper copies will work.

What if you make a mistake on your ballot or the voting machine doesn't work correctly?
Ask for a new ballot right away. You have a right to a new ballot if you catch the mistake before your ballot is inserted into the tabulating machine and counted.  If the scanner rejects your ballot, ask for a new one. You have the right to start over.

What if someone tries to harass or intimidate you or challenges your right to vote?
Tell a poll worker immediately.  If the poll worker is the problem, contact your local clerk. 
If you are still having a problem, call a nonpartisan hotline for help.
Election Protection Hotline: 1-866-687-8683

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Election Security
Election Security
Michigan's elections have been safe and secure. 
Local clerks and election workers have worked tirelessly to assure the security and accuracy of our elections.
Ottawa County's clerk, Justin Roebuck, has provided a detailed explanation of how your vote is secured before, during and after election day.:  
Securing your Vote
Here are some of the steps that the state of Michigan has taken:  
Election Security in Michigan
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Upcoming Elections
Upcoming Elections

The Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, August 2, 2022.
In this election, voters select a political party and vote for the candidates in that party who will be on the ballot in the November General Election.  More information and a listing of all candidates can be found on the Michigan Secretary of State website:  Upcoming Election Information.

The General Election will be held on Tuesday, August 2, 2022.

     In this election, voters select the candidates for local, state and national offices. The candidates will be determined after the Primary Election in August. 

New legislative districts were drawn and will be in effect for the 2022 elections. Learn more about your district and the candidates running for elective office at VOTE411

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More Questions?
More Questions?

Do you have more questions?

Here are some resources to help:
MichiganVoting.org

Michigan Voter Information Center
League of Women Voters Michigan




Opportunities to Listen and Learn 


News Literacy Project
Mis and Disinformation bombard us daily.   
The News Literacy Project provides resources to help us tell the difference and offers fact checks.



Civic Genius.
America needs a stronger civic culture because democracy only works when we 
do… less division and more action. Providing an easily-digestive foundation of knowledge on key issues, which are explained in conversational, sometimes humorous terms. Learn mor
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Attention, High School Seniors!

Are you 17 1/2 years old?

If so, you can register to vote and when you turn 18 you will be able to vote.
Visit our Voter Registration page to learn more.


Resources:

Rock the Vote

VOTE411
Promote the Vote


Join Us!

It's easy to join! (Join Us Now) Have questions? 
Email the League at membership@lwvholland.org .
We'd be happy to answer any questions you might have.

If you prefer to (Donate Now)  without joining our organization, we would appreciate your support.


Because Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport


The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan political organization,
encourages informed and active participation in government, 
works to increase understanding of major policy issues,
and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

The League never supports or opposes candidates, 
but we do take positions on issues that we have studies
and come to consensus on at a local, state and national level.


Empowering Voters.
Defending Democracy.

League of Women Voters of Holland Area
P.O. Box 3183
Holland, MI  49422-3183

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