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This Voter guide was prepared by the League of Women Voters of the Kalamazoo Area as a service to the voters. The League of Women Voters is a national non-partisan organization which encourages citizen participation in government. It never supports nor opposes any political party or any candidate. The League does support issues after careful study without regard to the stand of any party. League positions on issues are never indicated in Voter Guides.
Editors: Terry Hluchyj & Diane Worden
Who May Vote?
All U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age by election day, who are registered at least 30 days before the election.
The procedure involves three steps:
From the Kalamazoo County Election Guide 2004:
A voter may apply for an absentee ballot by 2:00 pm the Saturday before the election, either by letter or in person at the appropriate city or township clerk’s office. In case of emergency after that day, contact the clerk’s office.
You are eligible to vote absentee if you:
Voters may cast their absentee ballots in the clerk’s office until 4:00 pm on Monday before the election. Ballots must be received in the clerk’s office by 8:00 pm on election day. For further information, contact the clerk: Kalamazo 337-8792, Portage 329-4511.
The League of Women Voters of the Kalamazoo Area (LWVKA) contacted local city and county clerks to identify proposals and candidates who will be on the ballot. Included were those known to have filed a declaration of intent to be write-in candidates at the time of printing this Voter Guide. We sought biographical information and answers to issue questions from each candidate.
The word number limit for biographical information is 60 words unless otherwise indicated; limits for other answers accompany the questions for each office. An ellipsis and ending period (….) closes candidates statements where their submitted responses exceeded those set limits. Otherwise, responses were edited only for spelling. “Did not respond in time for publication” or “Did not respond to question” follows the candidate’s name when LWVKA did not receive a requested reply.
Candidates in partisan races are listed according to the order in which their parties registered in Michigan. Other candidates are in alphabetical order, according to the office being sought. The League of Women Voters of Michigan provided information about national and state candidates.
LWVKA publication of these candidate statements and opinions is solely in the interest of public service. No one should construe this service as a League endorsement in any way. The League of Women Voters takes no responsibility for any of the views or facts stated by the candidates.
The following organizations generously provided financial support for LWV voter service efforts, including this Voter Guide:
• Bronson Healthcare Group
5 Things You Need to Know on Election Day
YOUR BALLOT, YOUR VOTE. Don’t panic if you registered to vote but your name is not on the list. Get help from a poll worker to make sure your vote is counted. You may be directed to another polling place or given a provisional ballot.
I.D.–DON ’T GO WITHOUT IT. You may need to show I.D. To be safe, bring your driver ’s license, or a paycheck, utility bill or government document that includes your name and street address.
WRITING ON THE WALL. Look at the signs at the polling place for directions on how to use the voting machines, a list of your voting rights, and instructions for filing a complaint if your rights have been violated.
WHEN IN DOUBT, ASK. Poll workers are there to help you. They’ll show you how to work the machines and give you a provisional ballot if you need one. If you’re at the wrong polling place, they should tell you how to get to the right one.
IN AND OUT. You probably won ’t have to wait too long. But even if the line is long, don ’t leave without voting. The outcome of this election will be important!
—League of Women Voters of the United States
Additional Voter Information
The websites listed below will give you information that will help you be an informed citizen and voter.
State of Michigan, Department of State:www.michigan.gov/sos Click on “Elections in Michigan.” Election laws, state election results and other voter information.
Publius Election Information Resources: www.publius.org. Check to see whether you are registered to vote, find your polling location, view your ballot and learn how to use your voting equipment.
Michigan Legislature:www.michiganlegislature.org Guide to State government, legislation, and links to other State websites.
U of Michigan Documents Center: www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs Local, state, federal and international government information, including candidates, issues, lobby groups and parties.
1Politics: www.politics.com Comprehensive links to presidential, gubernatorial, US Senate and Congressional candidates; political parties; issues; presidential administration.
Public Agenda Online: www.publicagenda.org Public opinion and policy analysis.
Institute for Public Policy & Social Research, MSU: www.ippsr.msu.edu Research and education about public policy issues.
Rock the Vote:www.rockthevote.org. Voting, political issues, elected officials and candidates; oriented to youth audiences.
Brookings Institute: The special focus of their site is campaign finance law and administration. It provides background information on current law and regulations, tracks legal developments in court cases and administrative decisions, and reports on proposed new legislation and other reform proposals. http://www.brookings.org/GS/CF/CF_HP.HTM