Happy Election Day Eve! Ok, perhaps that’s not an official holiday but the occasion does warrant some excitement. Tomorrow, we have the opportunity to exercise our right to vote — an important duty as citizens of Michigan and the United States.
If you’re like me, you’ve found yourself discouraged, frustrated, or even mad as hell at times by the policies and decisions of our elected officials. Voting is one way that we can make our voices heard and hold our elected officials accountable for the important decisions they make (or don’t make) that affect our daily lives and the lives of our families and communities.
The decision of who to vote for may be hard enough so here are a few tips to make your time at the polls a little smoother:
Locate your polling place ahead of time. If you’ve moved since the last election or just need to confirm, locate your polling place on the Michigan Secretary of State website.
Preview your ballot. This election we’re voting for our next governor, judges, and other elected positions. By previewing your ballot, you have a chance to research each candidate for each position to make an informed decision about their qualifications for the job.
Don’t forget your photo ID! But if you do, you can still vote as long as you’re a registered Michigan voter by signing an affidavit to verify your identity.
Save this number: (866) OUR-VOTE. If you encounter any issues at the polls or have questions on-the-go, a trained, non-partisan Election Protection volunteer is ready to help you. You can also text OUR VOTE to 97779.
This election, we’re voting for leadership statewide and locally, as well as three citizen-led proposals. While previewing your ballot, it’s important to consider if you want to vote YES or NO to these measures.
Proposal 18-1: Marijuana Legalization
Proposal 1 will legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana for adult use and sale.
Proposal 18-2: Redistricting Reform
Proposal 2 will amend the state constitution to create an independent redistricting commission that will draw new legislative boundaries in a nonpartisan manner following the next census for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives, and the U.S. Congress.
Proposal 18-3: Expanding Access to the Ballot
Proposal 3 will amend the state constitution to make voting more accessible to all Michiganders. It will allow all voters to cast an absentee ballot without having to give a reason, automatically register eligible citizens, allow voters to register anytime up to and including on Election Day with proof of residency, and ensure military and overseas voters get their ballots on time.
Hope this helps. Your vote is important. Don’t ever let anyone make you believe otherwise. See you at the polls.
Desire Vincent Levy is a Detroit based entrepreneur, digital strategist and the former associate director of communications at the ACLU of Michigan. She is a proud board member of the Detroit Food and Entrepreneurship Academy and a mama-to-be.