CRITICAL NEED for petitions to get on the ballot

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PEG 12th Congressional District Newsletter 270

Special Edition

This is the last week to save abortion rights and protect the integrity of our elections in Michigan

We need more people to sign the Reproductive Freedom for All and Promote the Vote 2022 ballot initiatives by June 28 or they very well might not be on the November ballot

Whether we are young or old, black, brown or white, urban or rural, all of us believe that our freedom is essential to who we are. Our freedom to vote and to have that vote counted. Our freedom to decide about our bodies, our health and our families. Freedom is essential.

But MAGA Republicans are trying to protect their power and wealth, taking away our freedom to vote and our freedom to choose.

Be a protector– sign the petitions, help others sign. We need a big bump by June 30th… or we won’t have the freedom to vote or to choose.

– Reproductive Freedom For All – our freedom to decide

– Promote the Vote – our freedom to safely vote

Join us at one of these events to sign! If you’ve already signed, you can multiply your signature by sending someone else to sign– or come pick up a sheet and take it to 1 or 2 (or 10) friends.

And if none of these work for you, email us at waverjanet@gmail.com, and we’ll find a way to be sure that you can do your part.

If you are a signature collector, don’t quit now, you are needed more than ever!

So, what to do next?

I HAVE NOT SIGNED YET:

Sign this Weekend:

Ann Arbor Farmers Market. RSVP Here. 315 Detroit Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

  • Saturdays thru June 25. 9 am–1 pm

Ypsilanti Farmers Market. RSVP Here.16 S Washington St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

  • Saturdays thru June 25. 9 am–1 pm

Saline Farmers Market. RSVP Here.100 S Ann Arbor St (Lot #4) Saline, MI 48176

  • Saturdays thru June 25. 8 am–noon 

Please stay home if you are experiencing Covid symptoms. Wear masks, and respect others’ space. Masks and hand sanitizer available. 1–5 pm and 5:30–7 pm

See all Michigan locations HERE. If one near you is not listed please save this link and check it frequently. It is continually updating as new locations are posted.

I HAVE NOT HAD TIME TO READ UP ON WHAT OR WHY I AM SUPPOSED TO SIGN:

Read the summary here on the PEG website about how the petition process in Michigan works.

I HAVE SIGNED BOTH PETITIONS: 

Pick up a petition that you can take with you to gather signatures from friends, neighbors and co-workers! If you don’t see a time and venue below that works for you, CLICK HERE to see other ongoing times and places. If you need additional help to sign a petition or collect signatures, contact Janet Cannon at waverjanet@gmail.com.

More things to do

Primary elections are coming soon. Apply to vote absentee.

The primary election is August 2nd so request an absentee ballot today. If you have a Michigan Driver’s License or State ID you can submit an online application at Michigan.Gov/Vote. Learn about the process from the Ann Arbor City Clerk here, (Now being updated for the primary election): https://www.a2gov.org/departments/city-clerk/Elections/Pages/Elections.aspx

Residents can apply in person at the City Clerk’s office on the second floor of City Hall, 301 E. Huron St.

    Also, the State of Michigan’s “Voter Information Center” has links to check voter registration, check for polling place, apply for an absentee ballot, and more: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us

On topic from Mlive: Michigan Sends Out Absentee Ballots Soon. Here’s How to Get One.

From the article:

  • Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson will NOT send out absentee ballot applications to every registered Michigan voter this year. That was done in 2020 when more than 7 million applications went out statewide.
  • The first voters to get their Aug. 2 primary election ballots will be Michiganders living overseas or in the military. By federal law, local clerks must have those ballots sent out by Saturday, June 18, 45 days before the election.
  • The first absentee ballots will go out Thursday, June 23. Any voter, with no excuse required, can request an absentee ballot online or submit a paper application, letter or postcard to their local clerk. Requests “may be returned by hand, via postal mail, fax or email, as long as a signature is visible,” the Secretary of State’s office says.

-From Elizabeth Nelson’s Ann Arbor City Council Update email June 12, 2022

Visit the PEG website for the full list and details of Upcoming Events

Tech Note: All images can be zoomed in or downloaded for better reading accessibility. Event images are also shareable via social media and email. Email us if you get stuck at equalityingovinfo@gmail.com!

Thursday, June 23. County Commission Districts 2, 5, 6 Candidate Forum

Learn about your candidates at this virtual event focused on Racial and Economic Justice issues. Candidates: Crystal Lyte, Ronnie Peterson, Letitia Sharp, Ricky Jefferson, Annie Somerville, and Justin Hodge. Moderated by Rev. Jeff Harrold

Presented by the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice VOTE Caucus, Protectors of Equality in Government, WeROC, and Sigma Rho Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Register at www.icpj.org

6–7:30 pm

Election Season At a Glance: 

The Washtenaw County Clerk’s webpage enumerates in detail the elections, proposals and candidates to date. A few of the important remaining dates are listed below.

What are the remaining election dates in 2022?

  • August 2 – State Primary as well as proposals that are not yet “official” – including the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority proposal
  • November 8 – State General Election 

What are the deadlines for submission of ballot proposals?

  • By 5 pm, July 11: Petitions to place a proposed constitutional amendment on the November general election ballot filed with the Secretary of State (425,059 valid signatures required). (168.471)

What are the voter registration deadlines?

Visit MichiganGov/Vote to register

  • July 18: Last day to register in any manner other than in-person with the local clerk for the August primary. (168.497)
  • July 19: through 8 pm on August 2 In-person registration with local clerk with proof of residency. (168.497)
  • October 24: Last day to register in any manner other than in-person with the local clerk for the November general election. (168.497)
  • October 25 through 8 pm on November 8: In-person registration with local clerk with proof of residency. (168.497)

Visit EqualityInGov.org

A special thanks to our newsletter contributors: Janet CannonEllen Halter, Leslie McGraw, Leslie Kamil, Lisa Kamil, Richard Gaeth, Susie Ayer, Bette Cotzin, Bernie Banet, and Chuck Newman for their contributions and help preparing our newsletters. PEG is a (somewhat) non-partisan volunteer organization whose mission is to assure that our government will treat all Americans with equality and acceptance. PEG’s work is primarily done by recruiting, educating and nurturing supporters for worthy organizations, actions and events that reflect our beliefs.  To subscribe to this free weekly newsletter, go to our sign up form by clicking here.

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