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Opportunities to Get to Know the Candidates

The League of Women Voters of Holland Area is sponsoring events before election day to give voters an opportunity to learn more about the candidates.  The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Absentee ballots will be available to those voters who request them beginning at the end of September.   
In addition to these events, the League provides an opportunity to learn about candidates and proposals through VOTE411
Candidates respond in writing to questions; their unedited responses are posted on VOTE 411.  
 


Please join us to learn more before you vote!
You can find information about future opportunities to meet the candidates in our "Upcoming Events" section on this page or by looking at our event calendar.


The events listed below were held recently. Video recordings are available on the LWVHA YouTube and links are provided below.

Meet and Greet for Candidates for the Michigan Senate (20th District) and the Michigan House of Representatives (38th District) was heldon August 31, 2022
 
Click here to view the video of the candidates' introduction and discussion of their goals if elected. All candidates for these positions were invited to attend.

A Meet and Greet event for Ottawa County Commission Candidates in Districts 1 , 2 & 3 was held on Wednesday, September 7, 2022   
 Click here to view the video of the candidates' introduction and discussion of their goals if elected. All candidates for these positions were invited to attend. Program begins at the 30 second mark. 


Candidate Forum for the newly created position of 20th Circuit Judge of the Circuit Court in Ottawa County was held  on Monday, September 19, 2022.
Click here to view the video. of the candidates responses. Both candidates participated.  This forum was jointly sponsored by the LWVHA and the Ottawa County Bar Association. 

Election Information

Are you ready for the November 8th Election?
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?  
If you want to vote by absentee ballot, have you applied for your ballot?

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Who are the candidates on my ballot?
Who are the candidates on my ballot?
Voters will choose candidates for statewide, district and local offices, including:
  • U.S. House of Representative for your district.
  • Governor/Lt Governor for Michigan
  • Secretary of State for Michigan
  • Attorney General for Michigan
  • Supreme Court for Michigan
  • University Boards
  • State Senator for your district.
  • State Representative for your district.
  • County Board of Commissioners for your county.
  • City Council Members for your city.
  • School Board Members for your school district.
 There are also three statewide proposals on the ballot.

You can find a sample 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.     The candidates that will be on your ballot are listed there, too. 
 
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 did not respond 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!
You can register online at 

Michigan Voter Information Center/Online Registration
The option to register online before the November election ends on  October 24, 2022. 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 . 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 absentee ballot?
Planning to vote by absentee ballot?
Absentee ballots will be available about six weeks before the election.  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.  First class postage is required to mail your ballot back. You can also drop it off at your local clerk's office or in a designated dropbox.

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, November 8, 2022 for Michigan's General 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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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




New Members of the League of Women Voters of Holland Area were welcomed by Board Members at a "gathering" in late summer. It was an opportunity for us to get to know our newest members.  Interested in joining the League?  Contact us or join online. 
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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


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encourages informed and active participation in government, 
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and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

The League never supports or opposes candidates, 
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Holland, MI  49422-3183

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