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League of Women Voters - Voter Guide - U.S. Races

League of Women Voters - Voter Guide - U.S. Races

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League of Women Voters of MI600 W. St. Joseph, Suite 3GLansing, MI 48933-2288
V
oterGuide
GeneralElection
TUESDAY,November 67 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Congressional District Maps .....................2General Information ..................................3U.S. President/Vice President ...............4-5U.S. Senate ...............................................6-7U.S. Representative (Districts 1-14) ...8-25State Board of Education .......................26University of Michigan .....................27-28Michigan State University ................28-29Wayne State University ....................30-31Supreme Court ..................................32-34Court of Appeals .....................................35State Ballot Proposals .......................36-38Clip & Take to the Polls ...........................40
INDEX
League of Women Voters of Michigan
2012 Nonpartisan
 The Leagueo Women Voters o Michiganwould like to thank theollowing organizations or their fnancialsupport in producing the Voter Guide:
 A program o the Michigan Nonproft Association
League o Women Voterso MichiganEducation Fund
For inormation on state legislative and local races,visit www.
VOTE411.ORG
Also see www.
LWVMI.ORG
or links to localLeagues and additional election inormation.
 
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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOERS OF MICHIGAN
 
2012 NONPARTISAN VOTER GUIDE
®
 
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 anpolitical party or candidates.Published by the League o Women Voters o Michigan Education Fund(©2012, LWVMI EF)
 
About the League oWomen Voters
MISSION STATEMENT:
Te League o Women Voters, a nonpartisan po-litical organization, encourages inormed and active participation in government,works to increase understanding o major public policy issues, and inuences publicpolicy through education and advocacy.Membership in the League o Women Voters is open to all citizens o voting age.For inormation about joining the League, please contact us at (517) 484-5383 or by e-mail: oce@lwvmi.org.ax-deductible 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 inormation 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 inormation where prepared or their area by local Leagues.
 VOE411 allows voters to compare candidate responses to questions on rel-evant issues. VOE411 also oers inormation on voter registration, ID re-quirements, and election processes such as absentee voting.
www.LWVMI.org –
Te League o Women Voters o Michigan websitecontains this printed Voter Guide. It also links to VOE411.org and containsone document with all six ballot proposals and their Pro-Con inormation.“Find your Local League” selection provides a list o the Local Leagues inMichigan and a link to their websites where additional local election inor-mation may be available. Many list their Candidate Forums. Forums may berecorded or local cable broadcasting or online viewing.
Voting
Who Can Vote
Y
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.
Photo Identifcation
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 oce or at a Secretary o State oce, 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:
You are:
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
your own
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 beore 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 oces, you can vote using an absentee bal-lot the frst time you vote only i you personally apply or the ballot at yourclerk’s oce. 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 oce 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 ocial can deliver your absentee voter ballot tothe clerk’s oce. 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 inormation call your city or township clerk.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOERS OF MICHIGAN
 
2012 NONPARTISAN VOTER GUIDE
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As usual, whoever came up with this has covered all bases. This is an excellent source of information for anyone to read. I glanced at the 25 page document. The problem is most people don't want to read many pages of information. They prefer quick and short suggestion or resolutions to their issues. This is too long for anyone.

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