Civic engagement and dissent ARE patriotic

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PEG 12th Congressional District Newsletter 272

July 4th Freedom Edition

Independence Day is still a big deal

Independence Day has been a federal holiday since 1941 and commemorates the day in 1776 when 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, after rebelling against the control of Great Brittain. This historical document was embraced as the blueprint for freedom and equality, and formed the beginning of what we now call the United States of America. This holiday has historically been a time for celebration of independence, as well as a time to reflect and encourage the United States to live up to its ideals.

This is PEG‘s sixth Independence Day that we have been working for a government that treats all Americans with equality and acceptance by promoting civic engagement and sharing information that can help voters voice their beliefs at the ballot and beyond. Watch the “must watch” recordings in this newsletter to find Words that Win and learn about local candidates for State Representative for District 32 and several open seats on the Washtenaw County Commission. Your participation and support is needed, Dem!

Visit the PEG website for the full list of Upcoming Events

Several Must-Watch Recordings from PEG Events

How do we find the words we need, to talk about the issues we MUST come together around?

How do we persuade those who are uncertain, who waver? Last week’s talk by Anat Shenker-Osorio, Words to Win Our Future, is here for the listening

Takeaways: Don’t talk programs, share your vision of the world we want to live in. Sell the Brownie, not the recipe! And remember that a good message shares a Value, points out a Villain (who’s against that value?) and unites us around a Vision, of the world we want to live in.

Here’s a short sample of how it works below:

Protectors for Equality in Government (PEG) was honored to partner with Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice VOTE Caucus and WeROC for a forum focused on Racial and Economic Justice issues. 4 of the 6 candidates for District 32 participated. Watch the recording below to get to know the candidates.

PEG is a proud partner, along with Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice VOTE Caucus and WeROC, for a forum focused on Racial and Economic Justice issues. 5 of the candidates for Washtenaw County Commision participated. View the recording below to get to know the candidates.


More things to do, read, watch, and listen

A Life Line for Voters

The Democratic party established the Voter Assistance Hotline to provide “clear, up-to-date, and accurate information” to voters. In our current environment in which claims of voter fraud circulate like water, it also provides a means of reporting “voting incidents” to their legal team as well as documenting issues related to provisional and absentee ballots throughout the state. If you would like to receive phone bank training, visit:

­­­­ABSENTEE BALLOTS – How, When, and Where



To use the Online Absent Voter Ballot application tool below, you need to be registered to vote in Michigan and have a valid Michigan driver’s license or state ID. If you need to register to vote, click on “Registering To Vote.” If you don’t have a Michigan driver’s license or state ID but you are registered to vote, go to Absentee Voting for more information on how you can apply for an absent voter ballot. If you have a Michigan Driver’s License or State ID you can submit an online application at Michigan.Gov/Vote. 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:


If you are NOT ON THE PERMANENT ABSENTEE VOTERS LIST, you must initiate a request for an absentee ballot. This year the Secretary of State will NOT send out an absentee ballot application to every registered Michigan voter.  This is different from the 2020 election which was an exception due to Covid!


July 29, 2022 – deadline for requesting absentee ballot

  • Is the request deadline a postmark or receipt deadline? – Received

August 2, 2022 – deadline for returning a voted ballot by mail

  • Is the return deadline a postmark or receipt deadline? – Received

To vote absentee, a request must be received no later than 5 pm the Friday before the election. The ballot must then be returned by 8 pm on Election Day.

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)
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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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