Your Vote Matters
Winning big in November starts with choosing great Dems in the August 2 primary – less than 3 weeks away!
Here’s what you need to know:
Now: In-person absentee voting at your city or township clerk’s office. Just walk in and be a voter!
July 18: Last day to register to vote online or by mail (after July 18, you’ll need to register in person with proof of residency)
July 19: Last day to drop your ballot in the mail (after July 19, drop your ballot off at your city or township clerk’s office or in a secure dropbox provided by your clerk)
August 1: If you’re registered to vote where you live, you can vote absentee in person at your city or township clerk’s office until 4 p.m. on August 1 (after that, you must vote at your polling location on Election Day)
August 2: Election Day! The polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. local time; if you need to register, you can register (with proof of residency) and then vote at your city or township clerk’s office until 8 p.m.
Got it covered already? Consider volunteering for voter protection at the polls this fall.
SUNDAY, JULY 17th, 3:00 – 6:00pm
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will be the featured speaker at WCDP’s Garden Party this year! Help support the WCDP by attending this special event hosted by Anne and Chris Savage. Come see their beautiful organic garden, eat scrumptious, homemade food, and connect with fellow Democrats. The event takes place July 17th from 3:00-6:00pm. Tickets start at $100 and are available at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/gardenparty-2022.Your WCDP is all-volunteer. Every dollar raised is used to keep voters informed and increase voter turnout. The stakes are high in 2022, but with your support we can #FlipLansingBlue! Join us!
Can’t attend? Sponsor a ticket for a guest who needs one!
Upcoming candidate forums (via Zoom)
County Commissioner District 5 (Ypsilanti & Augusta Townships)
When: July 14 from 5-6 p.m.
Democratic County Commissioner candidates, District 5:
- Justin Hodge is the current District 5 commissioner and a professor of social work at the University of Michigan.
- Ronnie Peterson, a former county commissioner, is the state representative for the 54 th house district; he has been invited to this event but has not confirmed attendance.
- Latitia Sharp is executive assistant to the county commissioner, currently on temporary assignment in the office of the Public Defender.
Where: Zoom Webinar
County Commissioner District 2 and 14A District Court
When: July 20 from 7-8:45 p.m.
Democratic County Commissioner candidates in District 2:
- Crystal Lyte, Vice Chair, WCDP Voice Committee; Chair, Eastern Washtenaw Democratic Club; Community Activist.
- Stephen Ranzini, President and CEO, University Bank, who has been invited but has not yet confirmed.
14A District Court Candidates:
- Fawn Armstrong, assistant prosecuting attorney with the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office and U.S. Army veteran.
- Karl Barr, assistant city attorney for Ypsilanti and private attorney for more than 22 years.
- Stuart Collis, Washtenaw County attorney with more than 25 years of litigating cases.
- Torchio Feaster, long-time defense attorney and public defender with years of experience representing members of the Washtenaw County community.
Where: Zoom Webinar
You are invited to One Campaign’s open house!
One Campaign is opening a new office in Ann Arbor. Come and learn about all of the great work One Campaign is doing!
Location: 555 S Forest Ave in Ann Arbor
Date & Time: 07/16 at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mobilize link: https://www.mobilize.us/onecampaignformichigan/event/475613/
Promote the Vote 2022 exceeds its goal
Proposal will be on the November ballot!
On July 11, Promote the Vote delivered 669,972 signatures to Lansing. These signatures were collected by a coalition of 27 non-partisan organizations and several thousand volunteer circulators from every county in Michigan. This was well over the 425,000 signatures needed to put the proposal on the ballot this November.
The proposal will, among several measures, close loopholes in the present law to make audits transparent and the rules surrounding them clear. It will create nine days of early in-person voting and secure drop boxes for every 15,000 people.
“This will help support the rural voter,” according to Bob Thompson, president of the Michigan Farmers Union. “The Farmers Union fully supports Promote the Vote 2022.”
The group does not anticipate challenges to its collection. “Our process was careful, and we are confident in it,” said Khalilah Spencer, president, Promote the Vote 2022. “Now we will convert our force of signature collectors to a force for voter engagement.”
“We must engage as stakeholders in democracy,” said Yvonne White, President of NAACP Michigan. “Every vote must be counted without interference, intimidation, or harassment. When we vote; we win.”
What the Supreme Court ruling limiting the EPA means for Washtenaw County and how to take action
The Supreme Court ruling limiting the EPA’s ability to regulate emissions could have implications for the Huron River watershed. The regulation of PFAS and other contaminants in drinking water, for example, may now face additional legal challenges. Climate action from states and local governments is now more urgent than ever. This ruling means we may not be able to rely on our federal government to effectively regulate carbon emissions without explicit statutory permission from congress.
WHAT WE CAN DO NOW
- Resilient Washtenaw is working with county residents to create a collaborative vision for carbon neutrality by 2035. You can help by providing feedback.
- Learn about the priorities and key goals we’ve identified in the MI Healthy Climate Plan, and hold the state to their goals.
- On upcoming ballots, support funding for Ann Arbor’s ambitious A2Zero plan to cut carbon emissions and set an example for cities everywhere.
- On upcoming ballots, support land preservation initiatives in Northfield Township, Dexter Township, and Scio Township.
- Continue to push energy utilities like DTE and Consumers to provide more energy from renewable sources
- Most importantly, continue to vote for elected officials that will support robust climate action. Once they’re in office, hold them to their promises, or vote for someone else who will.
Source: Huron River Watershed Council
Signs & more at the A2 Farmer’s Market!
Whitmer Gilchrist Nessel Benson: $15
Black Lives Matter: $5
Whitmer Gilchrist on white: $10
Check or cash preferred. You can also pick up signs at the WCDP Ypsilanti office on Wednesdays, 5 to 7, Saturdays, 11 to 3; and Sundays, 1 to 3. Call ahead to check stock: 734-879-0556.
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