PEG 12th Congressional District Newsletter 275
Don’t forget to mail in your ballot!
Did you know that more than 70% of ballot rejections in the last primary were due to late arrival? Don’t let that be your story!! Right now, about half of the ballots mailed in Washtenaw County have been returned. With just a few days left before election day, we are suggesting that you visit the clerk’s website to find your nearest ballot drop off location.
Don’t know if your ballot was received?
If you mailed your ballot this week or today, you can check the status of your ballot by going to michigan.gov/vote!
Participate in the Elections in August and November
Volunteers are needed for the August and November elections. Review the jobs here and sign up!! Examples of positions include Early voting observers, Election Day Poll Challenger, Cure Team and Poll Worker
Paid jobs for the Michigan Democratic Party can be found here. Examples of positions include Field Organizers, Campus Organizers and Digital Field Organizers
Help support the coming elections with WCDP
The Washtenaw County Democratic Party (WCDP) is recruiting area progressives for a variety of interesting volunteer roles. The county Dem party is an all-volunteer organization. Please fill out the Volunteer Interest Form and someone will be in touch soon.
Here are a few of the roles that need help:
Communication Team: This team works on the weekly newsletter, press releases, messaging, website development, social media management and all other communication needs. If you have a background in website/IT coordination, communications, or project management, this would be a great fit for you!
Visit the PEG website for the full list and details of Upcoming Events
PEG’s Videos of the Week
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More things to do, read, watch, and listen
Test to Treat
The Biden administration has established a program called Test to Treat. It provides individuals with a locator of facilities that test for covid and treat covid positive patients. It’s a bit of a one-stop shop. This program can be helpful also for folks who are traveling. It is advised to call and verify locations are still part of the program. Read more
GOP purges local election officials & promulgates the dangerous “Independent State Legislature” doctrine
According to an article in Revealnews.org, Republican leaders in Michigan have purged GOP election canvassers in eight of the largest counties, including Wayne, Macomb, Washtenaw, Ingham, Kalamazoo, Livingston, Saginaw and Genesee, as reported by The Detroit News last year. At least half of them have been replaced with people who publicly cast doubt on the 2020 election results. Jeff Timmer, who ran the Republican Party in Michigan from 2005 to 2009, says he’s alarmed by what’s happening to his party. “They’ve been able to infiltrate the Republican Party right down to the precinct level in a way that I’ve been astounded by,” he said. “They have paid attention to those very obscure, small party positions, precinct delegates, getting their people in place to chair county Republican parties all across the country – not just to Michigan.”
While a county canvassing board can’t reverse the results of a national election, disputes over county election results could create enough chaos and confusion that the election is taken out of the hands of voters and given to a partisan state legislature to decide the outcome.
This idea that a legislature can step in and override the vote of the public is known as the Independent State Legislature doctrine. Democracy Docket describes the doctrine here. According to Boltsmag.org, the U.S. Supreme Court has signaled that at least four justices are ready and willing to bless a legal theory that was never really taken seriously until the 2020 elections. If adopted, it would provide new legal cover for Republicans to use their vast powers in states to subvert elections, shield aggressive gerrymanders, and restrict access to the vote in Democratic strongholds at the local level. “Their feverish idea is that state legislatures should have complete and unfettered control over how federal elections are run and regulated, shielded even from the oversight of state courts.” According to Lawrence Norden of the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University law school, the GOP shake-up of election officials in swing states is dangerous and unpredictable.
Tate resolution urges DOJ to investigate 11 Michigan GOP lawmakers for seditious conspiracy
Michigan State Rep. Joe Tate (D-Detroit) introduced a House resolution that requests that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigate 11 Republican representatives for the crime of seditious conspiracy. These eleven state representatives Gary Eisen (R-St. Clair Twp.), John Reilly (R-Oakland), Julie Alexander (R-Hanover), Matt Maddock (R-Milford), Daire Rendon (R-Lake City), Beth Griffin (R-Mattawan), Michele Hoitenga (R-Manton), Brad Paquette (R-Niles), Rodney Wakeman (R-Saginaw Twp.), Greg Markkanen (R-Hancock) and Jack O’Malley (R-Lake Ann) took actions to attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and also participated in a failed lawsuit brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
In addition, five of the House members — Maddock, Rendon, Reilly, Griffin and Alexander — also attempted to enter the Michigan Capitol on December 14, 2020 with 16 fake Republican electors. Those electors sought to falsely certify that Michigan’s 16 votes in the Electoral College were to be cast for Trump’s ticket. They were denied entry to the Capitol by Michigan State Police officers.
The Tate resolution outlines that these lawmakers took part in a “pattern of misleading statements about the November 2020 election and actions taken to delay and deny the peaceful transition of power,” which ultimately “culminated in an insurrection against the United States government on January 6, 2021.” Tate cites that these GOP lawmakers were involved in an effort that violated federal law and their oath of office.
The resolution urges the DOJ, including the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, to also investigate the lawmakers who took part in the “Big Lie” scheme.
Connect with over 100 local groups who share our values
Take action today with ActionHub, from the Washtenaw Dems. Find many ways to help and catch up on what you can do from home, events in our area, and connections with allied organizations at the WCDP Mobilize dashboard.
A bipartisan Senate group announced legislation on reforming the Electoral Count Act
Last week, a bipartisan group of Senators – led by Sen Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen Susan Collins (R-ME) – announced a package of two bills to 1) reform the 1887 Electoral Count Act and 2) increase security for election workers and election records.
According to NPR, an important piece of the Electoral Count Reform Act would make it more difficult for lawmakers to challenge the state’s electoral votes; while currently only one member of the House and one member of the Senate are needed to challenge a state’s set of electors, the new law would require 20% of each chamber. Additional measures include 1) reaffirming that the role of the Vice President “is solely ministerial,” with no discretion over the results, and 2) identifying a single, conclusive set of electors submitted by the Governor of each state [See a one page summary here.]
The second bill would increase penalties for threats and intimidation of election officials, seek to improve the Postal Service’s handling of mail-in ballots and renew for five years an independent federal agency that helps states administer and secure federal elections.
While this bill “isn’t the sweeping voting reforms some Democrats had hoped for,” this restructuring of the Electoral Count law “can close some loopholes and eliminate those ambiguities ripe for exploitation by the next candidate-turned-tyrant bent on overturning the will of the people.” (Boston Globe editorial)
House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., told NBC News that the proposals appear to be “a meaningful step in the right direction.” At this time, the bill is one vote short of the 10 Republican Senators needed to break the filibuster, but Sen. Ben Cardin stated on Saturday that “he hopes the newly proposed Electoral Count Act is passed through Congress and enacted before November’s midterm elections.”
More Election Resources
Your elected representatives
State Senator Jeff Irwin has a regular Virtual Coffee Hour — To receive the Zoom access code and the next date, please fill out this form:https://senatedems.com/irwin/coffee-hour-sign-up/
State Rep. Yousef Rabhi, 53rd House district: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: (517) 373-2577. https://housedems.com/yousef-rabhi/. Currently virtual coffee hours with Yousef are at 10 am on the 4th Saturday of the month. Register for Saturday coffee hours
Check out this new video from the Lincoln Project!
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?
- July 29, 2022 – deadline for requesting absentee ballot
- August 2, 2022 – deadline for returning a voted ballot by mail
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.
- 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 voter registration deadlines?
Visit MichiganGov/Vote to register
- NOW: 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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