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August 2nd Primary Election Information

The August Primary is coming soon!
Are you registered to vote?
Do you know your if your legislative districts have changed? 
Are you planning to vote in person or by absent voter ballot? 

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What is on the August 2nd Election Ballot?
What is on the August 2nd Election Ballot?
The August Primary Election results determine who will be the candidates for local, state and US Congressional seats in the November election.  The candidates and proposals on YOUR ballot are determined by where you reside. Many legislative districts changed this year as a result of Michigan's redistricting. Check the section below to find your districts.

Since this election is held to determine who will be the candidates in the November election, you must choose to vote for candidates in either the Democratic OR Republican. You cannot mix your selections between parties.
All voters can vote on the proposals, no matter which party you choose for selecting candidates.

You can see a copy of your ballot by going to the Michigan Voter Information Center (link below). Fill in your name and birthdate OR drivers' license information to see your ballot and your legislative district information.       
Michigan Voter Information Center

To learn more about the candidates and proposals on your ballot go to:  VOTE411
Candidates were asked questions and their responses can be found on this website.  If no information is listed, the candidate may not have responded to requests for information.
The League of Women Voters and MLive have cooperated on this project to make this information available to voters.
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Need to register to vote?
Need to register to vote?

There are still many opportunities to register to vote in the August 2nd Primary Election!
You can register online at 

Michigan Voter Information Center/Online Registration
The option to register online ends on July 18th. After that, you will need to register at your clerk's office.

You can go to your local clerk's office to register. The option to register at your local clerk's office is available until 8PM on election day.  The clerk's offices will also be open during the weekend before the election (July 30th). Check with your local clerk for hours and locations. 

Need to find your local clerk?  That information is available online, too:

Find your local clerk

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What legislative district are you in?
What legislative district are you in?
Many legislative districts in Michigan changed with the redistricting process completed by the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) in 2021.  Redistricting takes place after each census or every 10 years. 


Your districts and polling place may have changed since the last election.  To find out what legislative districts you live in, go to: Your Voter Information

Links to maps of the new districts can be found below. Your legislative districts include:
   U.S.Congressional Representative (U.S. House of Representatives)
   Michigan State Senate 
   Michigan Congressional District (Michigan House of Representatives)
   County Commissioner District

US Congressional District Map 
Michigan State House District Map
Michigan State Senate District Map

Ottawa County Commission District Map
Allegan County Commission District Map


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Planning to vote by absent voter ballot?
Planning to vote by absent voter ballot?
Absent voter ballots are now available.  If you completed a request/application for an absentee ballot, your local clerk has mailed it to you. You must return your ballot to your local clerk by 8PM on election day.  BE SURE to sign your absentee ballot before you submit it. 

If you have not applied for an absentee ballot, but want to use this method to vote, you can apply for a ballot online or mail in the application:   Online application for absentee ballot
You can also contact your local clerk's office to request an absentee ballot. 

You can track your absentee ballot to be sure it was received. Go to: 
Michigan Voter Information Center  to track your absentee ballot.

Michigan law allows all registered voters to use this voting method.
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Planning to vote in person?
Planning to vote in person?
 
The voting locations are open from 7am until 8pm on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 for Michigan's Primary Election.  You have a right to vote if you are in line at 8pm on Election Day. 

Not sure where to vote? You can find your polling location at
Michigan Voter Information Center OR
VOTE411
You can also call your city or township clerk's office.

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.

 



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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




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Petitions in Michigan

Have you been asked to sign a petition recently?  
Currently there are many petitions being circulated in Michigan.  These include proposals for new laws (initiative or referendum petitions), changes to the Michigan Constitution (constitutional amendment petitions), petitions to establish new political parties, or for persons who want to be candidates in upcoming elections.


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What are the differences in the petitions being circulated?
What are the differences in the petitions being circulated?
  • Initiative or Referendum Petitions
    • Propose a new law or a change to an existing law.  Voted on in the November election, if petition approved.
    • Requires 340, 047 valid signatures to appear on the ballot.  Deadline for submission: June 1, 2022
    • If approved by voters, cannot be vetoed by the governor; can be repealed or amended by another vote of the people OR by three-quarters of both the Michigan House and Senate.
    • If enough valid signatures are collected, Michigan law allows the legislature to adopt the proposal into law without a vote of the people.
    • If two proposals that are in conflict with each other both pass in November, the proposal with the most affirmative votes will be approved.

  • Constitutional Amendment Petitions
    • Propose changes to the Michigan Constitution. Voted on in the November election, if petition approved.
    • Requires 425, 059 valid signatures to appear on the ballot. Deadline for submission: July 11. 2022.
    • If approved by voters, becomes part of the Michigan Constitution 45 days after the election.
    • If two or more amendments approved by the voters at the same election are in conflict, the amendment with the highest number of affirmative votes will be adopted.

  • New Political Party Petitions
    • Proposes the establishment of a new political party.
    • Requires 42, 406 valid signatures to appear on the ballot. Deadline for submission: July 21, 2022.

  • Candidate Petitions
    • Requirements vary by the position or office.
    • Deadline for filing many candidate positions in April 19, 2022.
    • Local clerks have information for potential candidates or visit Michigan Secretary of State website.
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How can I learn more about the petitions being circulated?
How can I learn more about the petitions being circulated?

The League of Women Voters of Michigan is tracking petitions and, after study, has taken a position on most of the proposals.  Click here to view the list of proposals and the LWVMI positions: 

Bridge Michigan (a non-partisan news source) updates information on the petitions being circulated. Information includes groups supporting the petition, who is funding the petition and what supporters and opponents say about each petition. 
 Click here to view the Bridge petition tracker.

You can read the guidelines for petitions in Michigan on the Secretary of State website:
Click here for the detailed guide.

Information about candidate petitions can be found here.

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Things to consider when deciding to sign a petition or not.
Things to consider when deciding to sign a petition or not.
  • Who initiated the petition? Is it a group or individual you trust?
  • How is the information presented? Are facts and figures accurate? Exaggerated?
  • What is in the fine print? Do you have a clear understanding of the petitions specific ask?
  • Every petition will have a positive spin, but is it actually positive?
  • Sadly, petitioners can be untruthful about the outcome of the petition. Their goal is to collect signatures.
  • You can say No.
  • What are your instincts? If something doesn't feel right, don't sign it.
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Promote the Vote 2022
Promote the Vote 2022
  • A coalition of individuals and organizations in Michigan have begun a petition drive to ensure that we have a voting system that works for everyone.  Promote the Vote 2022 submitted a petition for an amendment to the Michigan Constitution on January 31, 2022. The petition is currently being circulated.  The League of Women Voters of Michigan is supporting this proposal.  LWV members is circulating petitions in the Holland area (through July 4, 2022). You can sign a petition to support the inclusion of Promote the Vote 2022 on the November ballot.

  • Promote the Vote 2022 must collect 425,049 valid signatures in order for the proposal to appear on the November election ballot. If passed by the voters, the Michigan Constitution would be amended to include the voting safeguards proposed in the petition.  Several Michigan organizations are supporting this initiative.  Read more about the initiative and organizations supporting the petition drive in the Recent Articles section below.


    For more information on Promote the Vote 2022, go to Promote the Vote 2022

    The League of Women Voters of Michigan is an organizational supporter of Promote the Vote 2022.


 

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


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