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Are you registered to Vote in Michigan?
Michigan Voter Information Center
Find out if you are registered to vote; the location of your polling place (many local sites have changed!); register online; and more.
Election Protection - Vote.Org
non-partisan nonprofit provides advise if you feel you are being denied your vote; immediately report it to Election Protection (866-687-8683).
Voting Safely During the Covid Pandemic
ABSENTEE: Voters are encouraged to vote at home with an absentee ballot and to return their ballot as early as possible by drop box, in person at their city or township clerk's office, or well in advance of the election by mail.
Absentee Ballot Return Boxes in Grand Rapids
IN-PERSON: In-person voting will be available in every jurisdiction. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
From the Michigan Secretary of State
I Voted Virtual Sticker
Wish you could show off an "I Voted" sticker online? Now you can - courtesy of the City of Grand Rapids. Click the link and download a sticker; then post it to social media!
Important Voting Dates
19 Oct. - Last day to register ONLINE - or - by MAIL.
MAIL request must be postmarked on or before Oct. 19 - AND - received by 5PM Oct. 20.
30 Oct. 5PM - Last day to request an absentee ballot by mail.
It is advised that voters submit their absentee ballot application much earlier than this date to avoid the potential for mailing delays. Voters can request an absentee ballot be sent to them by mail by completing an absentee ballot application online at Michigan.gov/Vote or downloading an absentee ballot application to complete and return to their local clerk’s office by email, mail, or in person.
3 Nov. - Last Day to register in person to vote.
Michigan does offer registration on Election Day at designated locations in each town. It is not available at your polling place.
3 Nov. - Presidential General Election
Michigan's general election will determine representation at the local, state and federal levels, including President of the United States.
Other Subject Guides of Interest
Selective Links for the 2020 Election
Voting Matters streaming video: When off-campus, you will be prompted for your last name and 7-digit Raider number to logon. Voting Matters: More than 50 years after the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most extensive pieces of civil rights legislation, people of color across the United States still are engaged in a battle to protect their right to vote. Voting Matters follows one dynamic woman working tirelessly on the ground and in the courts to ensure that they are not denied this right. When a key section of the Voting Rights Act was struck down in 2013, several states with a history of racial discrimination immediately attempted to pass laws that further restricted voter rights. This came in the form of limiting the window for voter registration, purging voters with inactive histories and requiring more restrictive forms of ID. There are currently 23 states with such voter restrictions. This film follows civil rights attorney Donita Judge as she helps several voters in Ohio cast ballots even though they initially were turned away. Official Selection at the **Traverse City Film Festival**.
Political Ideologies from GRCC's Professor Keith St. Clair
The United States, long known for its political moderation and its contests between liberals and conservatives, is seeing an ideological realignment of its major political parties. Different ideologies, like populism, are rising to center stage, some of them extreme with accompanying violence.
Political science professor Keith St. Clair presented information about the various ideologies in a live streaming presentation, "Ideologies Left to Right, from Communism to Fascism," from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 7 on YouTube. See the recording here.
Non-Partisan Fact-checking Websites
courtesy of Media Specialist's Guide 9/3/2020
AP Fact Check
Associated Press' website, an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting, founded in 1846.
A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center
Fact Tank: News in the Numbers
"Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research."
Media Bias Fact Check
comprehensive media bias resource; currently 3200+ media sources listed in the database and growing every day.
Media Matters for America
"A web-based, non profit research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting misinformation in the U.S. media." Considered left-leaning by the News Literacy Project.
run by the Center for Responsible Politics; non-profit, non-partisan. Also lists where candidates get their money. Dark money is explained in detail.
non-profit run by the Poynter Institute - won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize
"a project of the Poynter Institute, dedicated to checking the accuracy of claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers, political analysts, the hosts and guests of talk shows, and other members of the media."
Fact Check's site "focuses exclusively on false and misleading scientific claims that are made by partisans to influence public policy. It was launched in January 2015."
"a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses civic technologies, open data, policy analysis and journalism to make our government and politics more accountable and transparent to all."
Reverse image search which tells you whether or not an image was altered.