Advocacy

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What We Do

The Detroit League of Women Voters provides citizen advocacy with the goal to empower people within our communities (Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park) to voice their opinions by voting. We advocate to protect and promote voting rights of all people by providing access to accurate and understandable voting information.

Our Advocacy webpage contains information on Michigan voting rules (in person and absentee) and voting services such as VOTE411.org as well as ballot proposals in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park. Read on.

Free Rides to the Polls

The federal court ruling to uphold Michigan’s ban on hiring transportation to bring voters to the polls, does not affect those who volunteer to bring voters to the polls for free. According to the Detroit Free Press, “The law prohibits voter advocacy organizations from paying for transportation to bring voters to the polls and ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber from offering discounted rides to Michigan voters on Election Day. It does not prohibit volunteers from driving voters to the polls for free.

Therefore, MichiganVoting.org and local community partners are promoting free rides for early voting and Election Day voting. See their flyer below for contact information.

MI Free Rides to the Polls Flyer

Voting In-Person Checklist

Proof of Residency

Proof of residency is required to vote. If you cannot provide proof of residency with a driver’s license or state ID, other documents can be used to prove your residency. Read below.

Do Not Mail Your Ballot!

Ballot Drop Boxes

Ballot drop box locations are now available at Michigan.gov/Vote. Go to Your Voter Information>Who is my clerk? Input your name, birth month/year, and zip code and you will be directed to a webpage providing a map of your polling location, your clerk, additional registration locations, and a long list of ballot box locations.

List of Satellite Vote Centers and Ballot Drop Boxes (Detroit)
Map of Satellite Vote Centers with Drop Boxes and Drop Box Only Locations

Here is a link to a map of ballot box locations within city limits: https://detroitography.com/2020/08/14/map-detroit-ballot-box-locations-2020/. Also, feel free to use Michigan Drop Box Locator tool.

For an excellent source of Michigan voting information (Everything you ever wanted to know about voting, but were afraid to ask): https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us

Detroit Disability Power

Detroit Disability Power is committed to building the organizing and political power of people with disabilities. While there are many ways to make necessary changes in Detroit, Metro Detroit and beyond, we know that elections matter. That’s why, in addition to our continual organizing to make the world around us work for us, we’re pushing hard this fall to Get Out The (Disability) Vote. 

Getting Out The Disability Vote Flyer

Following are new voting resources from Detroit Disability Power. 

To help DDP monitor election accessibility, please complete the Voting Access Survey (for mail and in person voting). No disability required to participate, just powers of observation! 

DDP is one of a dozen disability organizations collaborating to host a Know Your Rights: Getting Out the Disability Vote workshop on Wednesday, October 14 (6:00-7:30pm). Register to receive the Zoom link: http://bit.ly/GOTVdisability

Click here for more info about DDP’s disability-centric GOTV program.

It’s Time to Focus

  • Voter Registration: Register to vote through our online portal at Michigan.gov/Vote or by paper application.
  • Voting by Mail: Voting by mail is an option for all voters! They have an opportunity to apply for an absent voter ballot application ONLINE or by paper application. The pandemic will not stop our elections!
  • Election Security: Michigan’s elections are among the most secure in the nation. We have many protections in place here in Michigan that safeguard the security and sanctity of the vote. Learn more
  • Michigan Voter Information Center: As you plan how you’ll vote this year, visit Michigan.gov/Vote. You can track your absent voter ballot, get the location of a ballot drop box and your polling place, see a sample ballot for your jurisdiction and much more.
  • Sign Up to Be a Poll Worker: Election workers are democracy’s Most Valuable Players. Democracy is a team sport and every Election Day thousands of Michigan citizens come together to assist voters and process ballots. Sign up to be a poll worker! 

Be Aware of Election Mis/Disinformation

The League is a nonpartisan political organization; we endorse neither candidates nor political parties. Our mission, therefore, is to help educate the public and provide accurate information. 

For a quality resource on how make decisions regarding candidates, be sure to read the League’s information on How to Judge a Candidate.

In addition, the Detroit League’s strategy for countering mis/disinformation this election cycle is to share accurate information with the publication of our voter guide on VOTE411.org (Now also in Spanish at VOTE411.org/es).

VOTE411.org

Launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) in October of 2006, VOTE411.org is a “one-stop-shop” for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on the following aspects of the election process:

  • Absentee ballot information
  • Ballot measure information (where applicable)
  • Early voting options (where applicable)
  • Election dates
  • Factual data on candidates in various federal, state and local races
  • General information (e.g., how to watch debates with a critical eye)
  • ID requirements
  • Polling place locations
  • Registration deadlines
  • Voter qualifications
  • Voter registration forms
  • Voting machines

An important component of VOTE411.org is the polling place locator, which enables users to type in their address and retrieve the poll location for the voting precinct in which that address is located. The League has found that this is among the most sought after information in the immediate days leading up to, and on, Election Day.

LWV YouTube Channel: Waiting for Democracy

Important Voting Dates

Vote on Election Day

Voters registered in Michigan can look up where to vote on Michigan’s site.

Vote early

Michigan voters can also vote before Election Day through a process called absentee in-person voting. The period for absentee in-person voting runs from Thursday, September 24, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.

What to bring
  • You will be asked to show current photo ID to vote in Michigan. Acceptable forms include: Michigan driver’s license or state ID card; current (non-expired) driver’s license or personal ID card issued by another state; federal or state government-issued photo ID; US passport; military ID card with a photo; tribal ID card with a photo; or a student ID with a photo from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you can vote like any other voter by signing an affidavit.

Poll Workers Info

https://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633_11976_98803_102832-541234–,00.html

Above is a link to the Michigan Secretary of State webpage containing supplemental resources that election workers can use as an introduction or review of their key tasks and responsibilities. These videos and 1-pagers are meant to be helpful, supplemental resources. They support but absolutely do not replace local training. All election workers must attend and complete training facilitated by either your city/township or county clerk and be formally appointed in order to serve as an election worker. Election workers: if you have any specific questions about the responsibilities of your specific job on Election Day, please contact your local clerk and refer to reference the materials they provide at your training and/or polling location. 

Ballot Proposals in Detroit, Hamtramck, Wayne County

Photo Credit: Tiffany Tertipes

DETROIT ⏤ Proposal N, Neighborhood Improvement Bond Proposal: Shall the City of Detroit issue bonds in an amount of not more than $250,000 for the purpose of paying the cost of neighborhood improvements in the City through property rehabilitation, demolition and other blight remediation activities? The bonds will be payable from taxes the City is allowed to levy in addition to state statutory and City Charter limits.

HAMTRAMCK ⏤ Charter Amendment Proposal No. 1: Should the Hamtramck City Charter be amended to delete and remove the following Articles and Sections: Article 9, Section 16; and Article 10, Sections 01 through 05, regarding the organization of the police department, so that Council may provide for public safety (police and fire protection) in a manner that Council determines is in Hamtramck’s best interests. This charter amendment shall not be effective unless the electors also approve the amendment of Article 9, Section 17; and Article 11, Sections 01 through 06, regarding the organization of the fire department. Shall the amendment as proposed be adopted?

HAMTRAMCK ⏤ Charter Amendment Proposal No. 2: Should the Hamtramck City Charter be amended to delete and remove the following Articles and Sections: Article 9, Section 17; and Article 11, Sections 01 through 06, regarding the organization of the fire department, so that Council may provide for public safety (police and fire protection) in a manner that Council determines is in Hamtramck’s best interests. This charter amendment shall not be effective unless the electors also approve the amendment of Article 9, Section 16; and Article 10, Sections 01 through 05, regarding the organization of the police department. Shall the amendment as proposed be adopted?

WAYNE RESA ⏤ Regional Enhancement Millage Renewal Proposal: Pursuant to state law, the revenue raised by the proposed enhancement millage will be collected by the Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency and distributed to local constituent public school districts including eligible public school academies within the boundaries of the Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency based on pupil membership count. As a renewal of authority which expires with the 2021 levy, shall the limitation on the amount of ad valorem taxes which may be imposed on taxable property in the Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency, Michigan, be increased by 2 mills ($2.00 per thousand dollars of taxable value) for a period of six (6) years, 2022 to 2027, inclusive, to provide operating funds to enhance other state and local funding for local school district operating purposes? It is estimated that 2 mills would raise approximately $90.4 million when first levied in 2022. The revenue from this millage will be disbursed to public school academies within the boundaries of the Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency which are eligible to receive enhancement millage under the Revised School Code (public schools in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park will receive funding).

Click here for the County Clerks Candidates List and an Informal List of proposals.

Outlier Media

Outlier Media, a non-profit accountability newsroom in Detroit, introduces a free voting information service for the November election. The service is free easy to access by texting the word DETVOTES to the number 73224. Reporters from Outlier, WDET, and the Detroit Free Press will follow-up with people to answer questions or direct attention to larger issues. 

This service is also available in Spanish and Arabic.

Cosmopolitan Magazine Voting Guide

The September issue of Cosmopolitan magazine features “A Complete Guide to Voting in 2020” with a special emphasis on first-time voters ⏤ https://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a33763528/how-to-vote-2020-first-time-voting-guide/

We continue to strengthen democracy through voter registration and voter education…even during the novel coronavirus pandemic⏤

LWV Detroit Voter Registration Drives in the Community:

  • High Schools for students 18 years of age (teachers + staff, too)
  • Naturalization ceremonies
  • Shelters for the homeless, such as COTS
  • University and community college campuses in Wayne County
  • Apartment complexes for people with limited mobility, seniors, and low income individuals
  • Community events
LWV Detroit Voter Registration Drive at Wayne County Community College

Voter registration is more important than ever this year, as COVID-19 has changed the landscape of voting this election year. The wide array of changes to voting policy occurring in response to the coronavirus outbreak make it even more crucial that voters register or update their registrations as needed well in advance of Election Day. 

That’s why thousands of organizations, companies, celebrities, and everyday Americans across the country are spreading the word about the importance of checking your voter registration—and a record-breaking nearly 600 League partners across the country are joining them. 

Voter Education on Candidates and Voting Information

  • Candidate Forums – Candidates running for state and local offices participate in a debate with the public invited.  For the latest information regarding online forums, check out our About Us page/What’s Happening @ LWVDetroit blog as well as our Calendar webpage
  • Up-to-date website info on voter registration, voting rights, and absentee ballots – https://lwvdetroit.org/voter-registration/
  • Link to VOTE411.org – access personalized voting info and explore your Voting Guide (find out what’s on your ballot), first-time voter checklist, election protection hotline, and so much more
  • Informational brochures on candidates and elections-specific issues.
  • Registration packets for on-site registration drives
  • Speaking engagements and sponsored events to spread the word about LWV Detroit
CitizenDetroit Candidate Forum in Partnership with LWV Detroit

Providing advocacy and election protection:

  • Advocating for legislation to enable local clerks to efficiently and effectively process the significant increase in absentee ballots and to have flexibility to accommodate changes
  • Monitoring the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission from the selection process to drawing maps to ensure equity and fairness
  • Provide the most up-to-date information on MI voter rights from the Michigan Secretary of State and Michigan Voting Know Your Rights Guide
  • Factual information regarding absentee voting; an example of such is the following YouTube video link on Absentee Voting (produced by Get Out The Vote and the City of Southfield, MI).
  • Providing relevant tips on detecting mis/disinformation (refer to our Voter Services webpage.

Partnering with non-partisan campaigns and organizations regarding voter rights:

Election Protection Hotline

Election Protection Hotline Video

WORKING 365 DAYS TO ADVANCE AND DEFEND YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection Coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Election Protection Hotline

Problems registering to vote? Have a question about your absentee ballot? Need some expert advice? No problem.

Call the Election Protection Hotline:
866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683).
Or click the ELECTION HOTLINE button below:

ELECTION HOTLINE