LEAGUE OBSERVES COUNTY BOARDS OF CANVASSERS
Following the Feb. 27th election, the county Boards of Canvassers will be canvassing the votes cast and ultimately certifying the election based on the numerical results of the votes. All of this work is done at meetings open to the public, and the League of Women Voters has been consistently observing the work of the Boards after each election. If you are a non-LWV member and interested in joining our team and watching this almost-final step of the election process, contact the League for more information. No experience is necessary and observers will learn a lot about how this post-election process works. The BOC in your county starts work either on the 28th or 29th and depending on the size of the county, can last up to 2 weeks.
PRIMARIES, SPECIAL ELECTIONS AND GENERAL ELECTIONS IN 2024
Michigan’s Presidential Primary is on Feb. 27th. Though no party registration is required, voters must request a Republican, Democratic or Local (where available) ballot in order to vote. Voters applying for an absentee ballot for the Presidential Primary will select a ballot style when they complete their absentee ballot application. Permanent mail ballot voters, however, must complete and submit a ballot style selection form. For information on registering and voting in the February 27 Presidential Primary Election, visit the Know Your Rights Guide . Early voting for the Presidential Primary must begin no later than February 17 and continue through Feb 25. Voters can now go to mi.gov/vote and click on “your voter information” to see where and when they can vote early in this election. Still need to register to vote before the Primary? Click here to find the way!
LWVMI SUPPORTS NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE
The National Popular Vote(NPV) guarantees that the electoral college and the presidency will be won by the candidate who wins the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC. When enacted, NPV will apply the concept of “one person, one vote” to our presidential elections, making every voter politically relevant in every presidential election for the first time. LWVMI supports House Bill 4156 and Senate Bill 126, which would add Michigan’s 15 electoral votes to a growing number of states supporting National Popular Vote.
MICHIGAN’S NEW CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ABOUT VOTING
In 2022, Promote the Vote partnered with more than 30 organizations, including the League of Women Voters of Michigan, to propose and pass Proposal 2 of 2022. The proposal garnered 60% of the vote, with support from voters across the political spectrum and in a majority of Michigan counties. Proposal 2 amended the Michigan Constitution to allow for these voter rights: early voting in federal and state elections, a right to join a permanent absentee ballot list, more absentee ballot drop boxes in many communities and a number of other voter protections. In all, 40 new elections laws were passed in 2023. Read a synopsis of the rights gained by voters and other “one pagers” here.