About This Guide
Te League o Women Voters o Michigan contacted candidates or biographicalin¬ormation and answers to questions on issues. Te answers are printed as sub-mitted and have not been edited, except or necessary cutting when replies exceededthe stated character limitations. Spelling and grammar were not corrected. I thecandidate did not reply by the required date or publication, the words “Did notreply in time or publication” appear under the candidate’s name.Publication o these statements and opinions o candidates is solely in the interesto public service and in no way is to be construed as an endorsement by the Leagueo Women Voters. Te League takes no responsibility or any o the views or actsstated by the candidates.Te League o Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization established in 1920 toencourage citizen participation in government. It never supports or opposes any political party or candidates.Published by the League o Women Voters o Michigan Education Fund(©2012, LWVMI EF)
About the League oWomen Voters
Te League o Women Voters, a nonpartisan po-litical organization, encourages inormed and active participation in government,works to increase understanding o major public policy issues, and inuences publicpolicy through education and advocacy.Membership in the League o Women Voters is open to all citizens o voting age.For inormation about joining the League, please contact us at (517) 484-5383 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org contributions to continue this non-partisan service are welcomedby the League. Please send your check to:League o Women Voters o Michigan Education Fund600 W. Saint Joseph St., Suite 3GLansing MI 48933-2288(517) 484-5383website: www.lwvmi.orgLWVMI President .....................................................Susan SmithVoter Service Director ..............................................Eva PackardVoter Guide Coordinator .........................................Judy Culham
Online Voter Guides
Tis League o Women Voters Education Fundwebsite contains an online voters’ guide which displays candidate and ballotproposal inormation or races on the ballot as applicable or a voter’s vot-ing address.
All ederal and state races in Michigan are available as wellas local race inormation where prepared or their area by local Leagues.
VOE411 allows voters to compare candidate responses to questions on rel-evant issues. VOE411 also oers inormation on voter registration, ID re-quirements, and election processes such as absentee voting.
Te League o Women Voters o Michigan websitecontains this printed Voter Guide. It also links to VOE411.org and containsone document with all six ballot proposals and their Pro-Con inormation.“Find your Local League” selection provides a list o the Local Leagues inMichigan and a link to their websites where additional local election inor-mation may be available. Many list their Candidate Forums. Forums may berecorded or local cable broadcasting or online viewing.
Who Can Vote
ou can vote i you’ve registered to vote in Michigan by October 9, 2012.
You can register i you are a U.S. citizen; you’re a Michigan resident; andyou will be at least 18 years old on Election Day.
A photo ID is not required in order or you to vote. Michigan does have anew ID law but i you don’t have a photo ID, or didn’t bring one with youto the polls, you can still vote i you sign a statement that you don’t have aphoto ID. You’ll then be able to vote.Unless you registered to vote at your local clerk’s oce or at a Secretary o State oce, i you are a new Michigan voter, you must meet a new ederalID requirement. Tis requirement can be met by showing at the polls acurrent photo ID or a paycheck stub, utility bill, bank statement or govern-ment document that shows your name and the address you used on your voter registration orm.
Absentee Voter Ballots
Who can apply?
Registered voters can get an absentee ballot rom your local clerk or any o the ollowing reasons:
• 60 years old or older
• unable to vote without assistance at the polls
• expecting to be out of town on election day
• in jail awaiting arraignment or trial
• unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons
• appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct other than
Where and when?
You can request an absentee ballot by asking your clerk or an absenteeballot application. Tis application must be submitted to the clerk no laterthan 2 pm the Saturday beore the election. Tis application will ask whicho the reasons listed applies to you. You will then receive an absentee ballot,which can be mailed to you in another state, or overseas.I you are a new Michigan voter, and you registered to vote other than at aclerk’s or the Secretary o State’s oces, you can vote using an absentee bal-lot the frst time you vote only i you personally apply or the ballot at yourclerk’s oce. Tis is because you are subject to the Federal frst-time voterID requirements.
Returning the ballot
An absentee ballot must be returned to the clerk’s oce by 8 pm onelection day.
Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature on thereturn envelope matches your signature on fle. Only you, a amily memberor person residing in your household who is acting on your instructions, amail carrier or an election ocial can deliver your absentee voter ballot tothe clerk’s oce. Note that anyone else who is in possession o another per-son’s absentee ballot is guilty o a elony. I you mail back your ballot, makesure it has enough postage on it. Due to size, extra postage is required.
For more inormation call your city or township clerk.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOERS OF MICHIGAN
2012 NONPARTISAN VOTER GUIDE