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Voting and Elections

Voting and Elections

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2016 Election Dates

MARCH 8: Presidential primary.

MAY 3: a few PROPOSALS, special elections.

AUGUST 2: PRIMARY for US Congressional, State, County and Township offices
Registration to vote deadline: July 5

NOVEMBER 8: GENERAL ELECTION
Registration to vote deadline: October 11

Filing deadlines for candidates are 15 weeks before election date.

Register to Vote

Are you registered to vote? If not, you may register to vote at your local city, township or county clerk, FIA office, or at a Secretary of State's office. You may also register to vote on line by clicking on the Michigan Secretary of State's website.

If you are 60 years old or older, or if you are not going to be able to get to your polling place on election day, or if you have a temporary or permanet handicap that prevents you from going to the polls, you may vote by ABSENTEE BALLOT. You must apply for an absentee ballot in writing from your local clerk.

New Michigan Voter Identification Requirement

Due to a recent court ruling, every Michigan voter must present picture identification at the polls, or sign an affidavit attesting that he or she is not in possession of picture identification.

For further information, click here

Voters with Disabilities

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE. The US Constitution guarantees the right to vote to all American Citizens who are at least l8 years old. Michigan election law requires that you live in Michigan, are registered in your town or city of residence and are not currently serving a prison or jail sentence.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO ACCESS YOUR LOCAL POLLING PLACE. The Americans with Disabilities Act Title II prevents discrimination on the basis of disability in the "services, programs, or activities of all state and local governments." Michigan election law requires accessibility in the elections process which is defined as: "the removal or modification of policies, practices, and procedures that deny an individual with a disability the opportunity to vote, including the removal of physical barriers . . . so as to ensure individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate in elections in this state."

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO CAST A SECRET BALLOT. As of the August, 2006 primary election, new accessible voting devices located in each polling palce enable voters with various types of disabilities to cast a ballot privately and independently.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REQUEST ASSISTANCE WITH MARKING AND CASTING YOUR BALLOT. As a person with a disability, you have the right to have a family member or friend of your choice accompany you into the booth (cannot be your employer or an officer/agent of a union to which you belong), or two poll workers of declared different party affiliations may assist you upon your request.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO CAST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT. Michigan election law stipulates that anyone who identifies as being a person of disability as it is legally defined, has the right to vote by absentee ballot.

Contact Information for Local Muncipalities

Belleville: 734-697-9323 http://www.belleville.mi.us/

Canton Township: 734-394-5120 http://www.canton-mi.org

Garden City 734-525-8800 http://www.cityofgardencity.org

Livonia: 734-466-2200 http://www.ci.livonia.mi.us

Northville City: 248-349-1300 http://www.ci.northville.mi.us/

Northville Township: 248-348-5800

Plymouth City: 734-453-1234 http://www.ci.plymouth.mi.us

Plymouth Township: 734-453-3840 http://www.plymouthtwp.org

Redford Township: 313-387-2700 http://www.redfordmi.com

Wayne: 734-722-2204 http://www.ci.wayne.mi.us/

Westland: 734-467-3188 http://www.cityofwestland.com

Van Buren Township: 734-699-8900

Wayne County: http://www.waynecounty.com

State of Michigan: http://www.michigan.gov/sos