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Voting Rights, Voting Bills and Initiatives

The League of Women Voters of Holland Area presented information about Voting Rights, Voting Bills and Initiatives in Michigan on January 19th at the Herrick District Library.  

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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 - register online
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:
Michigan Secy of State Branch 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 for an Absentee Ballot Online

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
On Tuesday, August 2, 2022 the Primary Election will be held.

On Tuesday, November 8, 2022 the General Election will be held.

New legislative districts were drawn and will be in effect for the 2022 elections. Learn more about who the candidates are for your district by going to VOTE411
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More Questions?
More Questions?
Do you have other questions?  Here are some resources to help:


Michigan Voter Information Center League of Women Voters Michigan

Opportunities to Listen and Learn

The Supreme Court and Controversial Decisions.
Sponsored by LWV San Diego. How is the replacement of Ruth Bader Ginsberg by Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court affecting decisions? What are the major decisions in the coming year, as well as pending issues like abortion gun rights and voter rights? Join two of San Diego’s legal experts as they discuss these topics and more. Featuring Marjorie Cohn, Prof. Emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and former Pres. of the National Lawyers Guild, as well as a member of the Advisory Board of the American Constitution Society – San Diego; and Glenn Smith, Prof. at Cal Western School of Law, where he teaches Constitutional Law, including a seminar on Current Issues in Constitutional Law. 
Wednesday, January 26, 2022  5:00PM EST (virtual, free) Click here to register.

Depolarizing Conversations About Race.
Sponsored by Braver Angels, this 3-hour workshop focuses on white-to-white conversation, though a person of any race is welcome to attend. The goal of this workshop is developing skills for listening to others and expressing your own views constructively.
Saturday, January 29, 2022  2:00PM EST (virtual, free) Click here to register.   

Defending Democracy Series:Ranked Choice Voting and the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
Sponsored by the LWV of Piedmont, CA. Featuring Rob Richie, Pres. & CEO, FairVote.
Thursday, February 10, 2022  7:00PM EST (virtual, free)Click here to register.   

Redistricting in Michigan

Every 10 years, after the U.S. census is completed, new political lines are drawn for federal, state, county and some local districts. The League of Women Voters of Michigan was instrumental in passing a constitutional amendment in 2018 that requires redistricting to be completed by an independent commission instead of the political party in power.

Michigan’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) was formed to fulfill the mandate of this constitutional amendment.  The Commission is composed of 13 Michigan residents who were randomly selected from applicants and is balanced for partisan and non-partisan representation.

The mission of the MICRC is to lead Michigan's redistricting process to assure Michigan's Congressional, State Senate, and State House district lines are drawn fairly in a citizen-led, transparent process, meeting Constitutional mandatesIts vision is to chart a positive course for elections based on fair maps for Michigan today and for the future.

The MICRC recently approved new maps. Below are the maps for legislative districts in our area.  For more information or to view maps of the entire state, click the link below 
MICRC Final Maps

Map of US Congressional Districts

Map of Michigan State Senate Districts

Map of Michigan House of Representatives Districts

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.
The November 2nd election is coming up soon!


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League of Women Voters of Michigan's position on the legislation: 

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