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At Your Polling Place

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Many college students are voting in their first presidential election and have questions. The Michigan Secretary of State, League of Women Voters, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law provide some answers:

Where am I supposed to vote?

What kinds of ID should I bring with me to vote in person?

I live in Comstock Park but I see ballot boxes all over downtown Grand Rapids. Can I use one of those to vote my absentee ballot?

The poll worker says my name is not on the list of registered voters. What should I do?

Someone is interfering with my right to vote. What should I do?

Can I call someone to help?

For more on Voting, Voting Rights, and Fake News, see the 2020Vote! Subject Guide.

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Voting in Person – But Where?

If you’re a Grand Rapids voter who plans to vote in person on Election Day, do you know WHERE your polling site is this year?

To protect students and nursing home residents from possible Covid transmission, polling sites at several city locations were moved earlier this year. To find out more, read here. Changed polling sites include:

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  • Ward 1, Precinct 20 — from Covenant Living to St. Paul’s Anglican Catholic Church at 2560 Lake Michigan Drive NW
  • Ward 1, Precinct 21 — from Westview Church to Highland Hills Baptist Church (2020) at 1415 Northrup Ave. NW #2598
  • Ward 1, Precinct 23 — from West Catholic High School to Unity of Grand Rapids Church at 1711 Walker Ave. NW
  • Ward 2, Precinct 36 — from Pilgrim Manor to GRPS University (Temporary) at 1400 Fuller Ave. NE
  • Ward 2, Precinct 42 — from Vista Springs to Riverside Middle School (Temporary) at 265 Eleanor St. NE
  • Ward 3, Precinct 61 — from Clark Retirement to Calvin Christian Reformed Church (2020), located at 700 Ethel Ave. SE

Check here to verify your registration, locate the address of the poll where you are registered to vote, or to learn more about next week’s election from the Michigan Secretary of State’s office.

For more on Voting, or for Non-Partisan Fact-checking Websites, see the 2020Vote! Subject Guide.

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Voting Matters: Fighting for Voter Rights

Voting Matters was licensed to support GRCC’s initiative to promote college student voting. GRCC users will be prompted to logon with last name and 7-digit Raider number. For more on voting, see the 2020Vote! Subject Guide.

More than 50 years after the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most extensive pieces of civil rights legislation, people of color across the United States still are engaged in a battle to protect their right to vote. Voting Matters follows one dynamic woman working tirelessly on the ground and in the courts to ensure that they are not denied this right. When a key section of the Voting Rights Act was struck down in 2013, several states with a history of racial discrimination immediately attempted to pass laws that further restricted voter rights. This came in the form of limiting the window for voter registration, purging voters with inactive histories and requiring more restrictive forms of ID. There are currently 23 states with such voter restrictions. This film follows civil rights attorney Donita Judge as she helps several voters in Ohio cast ballots even though they initially were turned away. Official Selection at the **Traverse City Film Festival**.

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Have You Voted Yet?

If not, why not? Michigan law allows any registered Michigan voter to choose to vote using an absentee ballot without having to have an “acceptable” reason. 2020 with rising Covid numbers has got to be the year that absentee voting makes smart sense!

If you haven’t registered yet, do it online HERE before October 19 – the LAST DAY TO REGISTER ONLINE. Despite erroneous social media messages to the contrary, Michigan voters can register IN-PERSON up to the Nov. 3rd Election Day at designated locations in each town. Registration is NOT available at your polling place on Election Day.

If you’ve already voted, check to see that your ballot has been received at: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/Home/VoteAtHome/#arrive

For more election news, check out our 2020 Vote! Subject Guide!

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Presidential Primary Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Tuesday March 10, is the 2020 Presidential Primary.

Not registered to vote yet? You may still register to vote in person on Election Day – up to 8:00 p.m., with proof of residency. You may vote an absent voter ballot in person in the clerk’s office or vote in person in the proper precinct.

For information on where you should vote and what your ballot will look like, see the Secretary of State of Michigan’s Michigan Elections & Voter Information website.

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