What is your plan to vote and GOTV in 2022?

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PEG 12th Congressional District Newsletter 282

52 Days until November Midterm Elections!!

Who should I vote for??

What about the non-partisan judges?

What about down-ballot elections for school board, library, regents, etc. in Washtenaw County?

Check out the recommendations of the Washtenaw County Democratic Party!!

The Online Voter Guide is currently available here.

Next week there will be 100,000 print copies of the Voter Guide available for distribution. The Washtenaw County Dems are looking for volunteers to help distribute these Voter Guides between Sept 20 and October 3. These are really essential to the Democratic “get-out-the-vote” effort. 

The Guide has a SAMPLE BALLOT – including non-partisan judges and school board members – plus candidate info, early voting info, etc. As we know, the election of Bernstein and Bolden to the Supreme Court will make a difference in the lives of Michiganders. And the school board endorsements in the guide are critical, particularly because there are some problematic right-wing school board candidates in Saline, Dexter and Chelsea! [The WCDP has yard signs available for Saline.]

Volunteers will have no-knock drop-offs, a list of addresses and a map. Sign up here to volunteer! Even a couple of hours of your time will be helpful! Please share this information with friends and family!

More Events and Ways to GOTV

RE:CLAIM Thursday, September 15– Friday, October 14

The RE:CLAIM project is a collective of over 100 artists, advocates, and movement builders seeking to honor the complexity and diversity of the community impact of the criminal legal system as it affects youth, adults, and families. The layers of the immersive installation offer audio and visual arts as a catalyst for visioning practices, and resources supporting the wellness and safety of our neighbors. Weekly conversation held at the Washtenaw County Courthouse at 101 E. Huron St. The 5:30 pm arrival time accounts for security screening upon entrance.

Thursday, September 22. “What if We Were All Free?” including PEG’s own Leslie McGraw. 5:30–8 pm

Friday, September 30. “Soundwaves and Moods” featuring local musicians 5:30–8 pm

RSVP for Sessions Here

Sunday, September 18. Conversations! with Chuck featuring Adam Grant

Join Chuck Newman when he interviews Adam Grant, the Executive Director of A Brighter Way. Washtenaw County has one of the highest rates of recidivism, or repeat offender rates, in the state even though Michigan is ranked as one of the best rates in the United StatesA Brighter Way assists citizens returning from incarceration successfully reintegrate into society. Employment, housing, and social support services are essential in reducing recidivism rates and helping people who are released achieve stability after being released from prison. But all that takes resources!

Under Adam’s leadership, in less than a year the number of returning citizens served has doubled. He has maintained A Brighter Way’s record of never having any of its clients return to prison. His success, in part, is due to his spending 27 years in prison himself. 

Click here to register for this free zoom event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 7:30 pm ET

Tuesday, September 20. Know Your Status: PEG supports Voter Registration Day at Booksweet 

As a Community Partner with National Voter Registration Day, a few of us from PEG will be in the Booksweet Courtyard at 1729 Plymouth Rd. to help answer first-time and returning voter questions, help you find out if you’re registered, and share resources (AND STICKERS!). Noon – 2 pm

Tuesday, September 20. Get out the Voter Guide

The printed version of the Washtenaw Dems Voter Guide is a huge get-out-the-vote (GOTV) effort. It has a sample ballot with candidates endorsed by the WCDP – including judges and school board members – plus candidate info, early voting info, and more. Starting September 20, the Washtenaw Dems will have over 100,000 voter guides to get to voter. Sign up here to volunteer!

Wednesday, September 21. Election Day Poll Challenger TrainingLearn how to help make a difference at the November 8 Midterm Elections with the Michigan Dems Voter Protection folks. Sign up here. 6 pm ET

Wednesday, September 21. Free Symposium for emerging activists and advocates

The Annual CEW+ Advocacy Symposium returns in person this fall to bring together staff, faculty, students, and community members to create change through introspection, dialogue, and action. (CEW is Center for the Education of Women). This Symposium is free and open to all activists, advocates, and allies in the local community. Michigan League, 911 N University Ave 48109Click HERE to RSVP.  Noon–6 pm

Thursday, September 22. Election Day Absentee Ballot Counting Board Challengers Training (AVCB)Learn how to help make a difference at the November 8 Midterm Elections with the Michigan Dems Voter Protection folks. Sign up here. 6 pm ET

Support our friends at Nextgen with their Michigan Ground Game to GOTV

There are new event every week registering voters. Learn more and Sign up to get involved here.

Tuesday, September 20. National Voter Registration Tabling Event at WCC. Washtenaw Community College Student Center4800 E. Huron River Dr.  Sign up here. 10 am–3 pm
Wednesdays. Tabling Event at EMU Lobby. Eastern Michigan University Student Center, 900 Oakwood St. Ypsilanti. Sign up here. 2–4 pm ET
Wednesdays. Register Students to VOTE at WSU Farmer’s Market. Wayne State University. Woodward Avenue & West Warren Avenue Park. Detroit, 48201. Sign up here. 10 am
Tuesday, October 4. Register Returning Citizens at Returned Citizens Resource Fair. Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawrence Building. 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Hosted by A Brighter Way. Sign up here. 5–7 pm

Participate in the ElectionsVolunteers are needed for the November elections. Review the jobs here and sign up!! Examples of positions include Early voting observers, Election Day Poll Challenger, Cure Team and Poll WorkerPaid 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), an all-volunteer organization, is recruiting area progressives for a variety of interesting volunteer roles. Join your neighbors, make friends, and help us fight for the Democracy we ALL deserve. Please fill out our Volunteer Interest Form and they will be in touch soon.
Here are a few of the roles that need help:
Neighborhood Organizer: Inform and galvanize potential voters in your neighborhood (aka precincts) – as an elected “precinct delegate” or unelected volunteer.
Canvassing Buddy: Support door-knocking neighborhood organizers by managing supplies, lists, and other needs.
Area Captain: This is a leadership role activating organizers in one of 15 geographic areas of the county.
Tabling Coordination: Make sure they have the supplies and volunteers necessary to show a friendly face where needed.
Event Planning: Organize social and educational events to build Democratic community.
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

More ACTION items and things to read, watch, and listen to

It’s super easy to vote absentee. Here’s how:

1. First, you must be registered to vote – Find out your status 

2. There are two parts to absentee voting. 


   B. The BALLOT

If you apply for an absentee ballot, you will receive an APPLICATION for the upcoming election. Some applications cover more than one election. For example, this summer, the application covered both the August primary and the November general election.

3. To get your APPLICATION

   A.  Go to the application webpage.   OR

   B.  Go to your Clerk’s office or call your Clerk’s office and ask that an application be mailed to you.

4. To get your BALLOT, complete the APPLICATION for every election and return it to your Clerk. You can hand deliver it or send it through the mail. It is always better to hand deliver to avoid postal delays.

5. A certain number of weeks before the election, you will receive the BALLOT in the mail. Mark the BALLOT, then return the BALLOT to your Clerk. You can hand deliver it or send it through the mail. Again, it’s always better to t’s always better to hand deliver to avoid postal delays.

6. When applying, ask to be added to the permanent absentee ballot list. You should then get the APPLICATIONS automatically.

“After receiving your absent voter ballot, you have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to complete the ballot and return it to the clerk’s office. Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature [and the date signed are] on the return envelope and matches your signature on file. If you received assistance voting the ballot, then the signature of the person who helped you must also be on the return envelope. Only you, a family member or person residing in your household, a mail carrier, or election official is authorized to deliver your signed absent voter ballot to your clerk’s office.” SOS

Apply Today; Don’t Wait

An Unusual $1.6 Billion Donation Bolsters Conservatives 

Barre Seid, an electronics manufacturing billionaire, donated shares of his company to Marble Freedom Trust, a not-for-profit run by Leonard Leo, the executive vice president of the Federalist Society, also known as the kingmaker in the conservative world.

Tax law professor at Boston College, Ray D. Madoff, said, “the structure of the transaction was most likely legal but did appear to allow a donor to avoid federal tax obligations from the sale of the company.” So no taxes!

“Here is how it works:

Marble Freedom Trust is registered under a section of the tax code — 501(c)4 — for organizations that focus primarily on what the Internal Revenue Service calls “social welfare” and as a result are exempt from paying taxes. Such groups are allowed to engage in political advocacy, but their supporters are not entitled to deduct donations from their income taxes. Supporters can, however, donate assets that a nonprofit can sell and avoid capital gains taxes on the sale.” 

Good News

Justice has prevailed

The Michigan Supreme Court ordered the Board of Canvassers to approve both the Promote the Vote and the Reproductive Freedom For All proposals for the November ballot. The opinions can be found below.

Judge McCormack: stated, in summary, that the Board of Canvassers’ role in certifying petitions is very limited and it breached its clear legal duty to certify them.

What is the Just Kidding defense?

Disinformation Week 5 of 5: Learn how to spot and counter manipulation.

Deny responsibility for your statement by saying you were ‘just kidding’ and then accuse others of being “too sensitive,” and mocking them. – Psych Central

The reality is, you can’t have it both ways. You can’t claim to be a serious person engaging in the serious world of politics and ideas, spread toxic poison with a megaphone that reaches millions, and then cry “just kidding” when your attempts to actually overthrow an election fail. – The Daily Beast

More about Just Kidding


  • Trump said, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 Clinton emails”? When asked about it by special counsel Robert Mueller, Trump’s lawyers wrote the comment was made “in jest and sarcastically, as was apparent to any objective observer.” – CNN
  • Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade clarifies that image of judge at center of Trump search warrant was a fake. “This depiction never took place & we wanted to make clear that we were showing a meme in jest,” the Fox News host tweeted. – Politico

Countering ‘Just Kidding’

Counter the ‘just kidding’ defense by exposing the harm from the deception.

FOX claims it was ‘just kidding’ after being caught spreading disinfo. Brian Kilmeade, filling in for Tucker Carlson tonight, shared a clearly fake, photoshopped image of the judge involved in approving the Mar-a-Lago warrant. – Reddit

They are allowed to publish lies because they go under the name “Fox News Entertainment” instead of just “Fox News”. They admitted in court that they are an entertainment channel and not real news, therefore are not responsible for telling the truth. Fox news actually won a court case by ‘persuasively’ arguing that no ‘reasonable viewer’ takes Tucker Carlson seriously.

Thank you to DemCast USA. Adapted from their BULLSH!T METER Mar-a-Lago quiz HERE

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?

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.

  • November 8 – State General Election 

What are the voter registration deadlines?

Visit MichiganGov/Vote to register

  • 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: Ellen Halter, Leslie McGraw, Leslie Kamil, Lisa Kamil, Richard Gaeth, 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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