A coalition of advocacy and social service groups on Thursday launched a campaign to encourage early voting with the help of Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.
In-person issuance and submission of the mail-in ballots began at the local clerks’ offices on Thursday, September 24.
The “40 days of early voting” campaign was launched with a press conference outside the ACLU Michigan offices in Detroit. The MichiganVoting.org Coalition says the effort is aimed at urging historically disenfranchised communities across the state to vote early.
“I encourage all voters to take action as soon as possible to request and return their ballot, or to vote early at their clerk’s office,” Benson said. “This will ensure that they avoid postal delays and can vote safely and securely. “
The coalition of groups plans to coordinate volunteer efforts to increase voter turnout by educating voters about all postal and in-person voting options with a combination of virtual and in-person engagement efforts, organizers said.
The efforts will take place in the upper and lower peninsulas, with a particular focus on women, young voters, first-time voters and communities of color, the group said.
“It’s never been easier to vote in Michigan, but we need to make sure all eligible voters know they have the right to vote early, in person at their local clerk’s office starting today.” hui, and that they can register to vote until the poll. shut down on election day, ”said Dave Noble, executive director of the Michigan ACLU.
“… We hope to educate anyone historically excluded from the system to make their votes count. The more people who participate in our elections, the stronger our democracy.”
Groups involved in the effort include the Michigan ACLU, the NAACP Detroit, the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), the Michigan League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, and LGBT Detroit.
Citizens can register to vote by mail or online until October 19. Absentee ballots can also be obtained by mail or in person at the clerk’s offices. Starting October 20, registration must be done in person at the local clerk’s offices and ballots can be cast during the same visit until election day, November 3.
The coalition offers additional advice on how to vote via the website michiganvoting.org
Thursday’s press conference took place in front of a large voting mural bearing the inscription “VOTE”. Seven more murals encouraging the vote will be painted in six Michigan cities as part of the effort, the group said.
Further information on voting and candidates is also available at Vote411.org.