It’s here, it’s here! I’m only marginally excited that election day is finally upon us (partially because it means no more political ads on TV or absurd flyers in my mailbox) but mostly because we get to exercise our civic duties!
It’s a busy time of year, so if you haven’t completed all your pre-voting research, I won’t scold…much. But I will provide you with some resources that can help, because that’s one of my favorite parts of being a librarian-in-the-making.
Polling stations in Michigan are open 7 am to 8 pm.
Find your polling place & generate a sample ballot to take with you from the Michigan Secretary of State.
Don’t forget your voter ID! Acceptable forms include a Michigan driver’s license, or, if you’re a Michigan interloper such as myself, other acceptable forms of ID include:
Driver’s license or personal identification card issued by another state.
Federal or state government-issued photo identification.
Military identification card with photo.
Student identification with photo – from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education.
Tribal identification card with photo.
(list above from the Michigan Bureau of Elections)
Non-partisan, independent information on the state ballot propositions (and in some cases, the local measures) can be found from:
- Citizen’s Research Council of Michigan has a summary paper on the state ballot measures. There are also webinars!
- Publius, an independent, non-profit resource founded in 1996 to “promote informed civic participation”.
- League of Women Voters of Michigan has a statewide guide that includes the ballot measures and local initiatives.
- MLive voter guide.
And, regardless of where you stand, remember to vote on the non-partisan section of the ballot – which includes the Justice of the Supreme Court. (Obligatory link to the YouTube video from the cast of the West Wing about this very topic.)
Have other (nonpartisan) resources I’ve missed? Leave them in the comments, I’ll update the blog post during the day. Get voting, readers!