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I wanted to pass along this advice from an prominent attorney in 
Michigan regarding the logistics of voting, as well has his thoughts 
on the state-wide judicial races and the statewide constitutional 
amendment proposals, to add to some of the information shared last 
week.  AW

 

Subject: VOTE QUICKLY BUT THOROUGHLY ON TUESDAY - KNOW YOUR BALLOT!

 

The quicker we vote on Tuesday, the shorter the lines will be. The
shorter the lines, the less likely first-time voters and others will
walk away from the polls without voting. Republican strategists know
this and they are going to try to slow down the voting process by
challenging voters in heavily Democratic precincts in swing states such
as Michigan and Ohio.

THE SOLUTION: KNOW HOW YOU'RE VOTING BEFORE YOU GO TO THE POLLS

Tuesday's ballot is a long one with many partisan races, judicial 
races, state-wide proposals and local millages. It is very important 
to vote the entire ballot - the proposals and the judicial elections 
will impact our lives as well as the presidential election. But, in 
order to keep the lines moving in your polling place, PLEASE go to the 
following website so you will know your ballot BEFORE you enter the 
polling place:

www.michigan.gov/vote  <http://www.michigan.gov/vote> 

When prompted, just type in your name and then your city and click on
"my ballot." It's very easy. High voter turnout is good for our
democracy and it is good for John Kerry. Thanks for doing your part to
make it easy for as many people to vote as possible.

HOW TO VOTE ON THE NON-PARTISAN ELECTIONS?

It is, of course, up to you, but many people have asked me about the
judicial elections and the proposals.

JUDICIAL ELECTIONS:

There is only one contested judicial race on the Washtenaw Co. ballot -
the race for the Michigan Supreme Court. I'm voting for the only two
women on the ballot: Marilyn Kelly and Deborah Thomas. They are the 
most progressive choices and both were nominated by the Democrats 
(although their party-affiliation does not appear on the ballot). If 
you want to know more about the judicial elections, ask me to email 
you "Mike's Judicial Picks for Non-Lawyers-2004."

STATEWIDE PROPOSALS:

I'm voting "no" on both statewide proposals. I assume that you are
already planning to vote "no" on Proposal 2. Proposal 2 would amend the
Michigan Constitution to not only ban gay marriage, but also civil
unions and possibly even domestic partnership benefits for unmarried
couples and their children. Don't let the right wing enshrine
discrimination into the constitution!

While I don't feel as strongly about Proposal 1 (and I am not an expert
on this topic), I am voting "no" because: (1) I don't think that the
constitution -- the framework of our government and the source of our
rights -- should be amended for issues such as gambling; (2) the
amendment would prevent the state from collecting desperately needed
revenues for things such as schools; and (3) I find it hypocritical 
that the current casino owners are spending millions of dollars on an
anti-gambling proposal when their actual goal is to maintain their
monopoly on profits.



Please feel free to forward this message. And may your voting 
experience be quick, thorough and enjoyable! -Mike Steinberg,
msteinberg@ameritech.net.

Note: I am obviously offering this information in my individual 
capacity and not as a representative of the organization for which I 
work.

 

 



 

 

Subject: VOTE QUICKLY BUT THOROUGHLY ON TUESDAY - KNOW YOUR BALLOT!

 

The quicker we vote on Tuesday, the shorter the lines will be. The
shorter the lines, the less likely first-time voters and others will
walk away from the polls without voting. Republican strategists know
this and they are going to try to slow down the voting process by
challenging voters in heavily Democratic precincts in swing states such
as Michigan and Ohio.

THE SOLUTION: KNOW HOW YOU'RE VOTING BEFORE YOU GO TO THE POLLS

Tuesday's ballot is a long one with many partisan races, judicial races,
state-wide proposals and local millages. It is very important to vote
the entire ballot - the proposals and the judicial elections will impact
our lives as well as the presidential election. But, in order to keep
the lines moving in your polling place, PLEASE go to the following
website so you will know your ballot BEFORE you enter the polling place:

www.michigan.gov/vote  <http://www.michigan.gov/vote> 

When prompted, just type in your name and then your city and click on
"my ballot." It's very easy. High voter turnout is good for our
democracy and it is good for John Kerry. Thanks for doing your part to
make it easy for as many people to vote as possible.

HOW TO VOTE ON THE NON-PARTISAN ELECTIONS?

It is, of course, up to you, but many people have asked me about the
judicial elections and the proposals.

JUDICIAL ELECTIONS:

There is only one contested judicial race on the Washtenaw Co. ballot -
the race for the Michigan Supreme Court. I'm voting for the only two
women on the ballot: Marilyn Kelly and Deborah Thomas. They are the most
progressive choices and both were nominated by the Democrats (although
their party-affiliation does not appear on the ballot). If you want to
know more about the judicial elections, ask me to email you "Mike's
Judicial Picks for Non-Lawyers-2004."

STATEWIDE PROPOSALS:

I'm voting "no" on both statewide proposals. I assume that you are
already planning to vote "no" on Proposal 2. Proposal 2 would amend the
Michigan Constitution to not only ban gay marriage, but also civil
unions and possibly even domestic partnership benefits for unmarried
couples and their children. Don't let the right wing enshrine
discrimination into the constitution!

While I don't feel as strongly about Proposal 1 (and I am not an expert
on this topic), I am voting "no" because: (1) I don't think that the
constitution -- the framework of our government and the source of our
rights -- should be amended for issues such as gambling; (2) the
amendment would prevent the state from collecting desperately needed
revenues for things such as schools; and (3) I find it hypocritical that
the current casino owners are spending millions of dollars on an
anti-gambling proposal when their actual goal is to maintain their
monopoly on profits.

LOCAL PROPOSAL: 

I hope you will all join me in voting "yes" on Proposal C which would
decriminalize medical marijuana in Ann Arbor. The state should not
punish individuals for using marijuana after their doctors recommend its
use for medical purposes. 

Please feel free to forward this message. And may your voting experience
be quick, thorough and enjoyable! -Mike Steinberg,
msteinberg@ameritech.net.

Note: I am obviously offering this information in my individual capacity
and not as a representative of the organization for which I work.

 

 

 

 

Subject: VOTE QUICKLY BUT THOROUGHLY ON TUESDAY - KNOW YOUR BALLOT!

 

The quicker we vote on Tuesday, the shorter the lines will be. The shorter the lines, the less likely first-time voters and others will walk away from the polls without voting. Republican strategists know this and they are going to try to slow down the voting process by challenging voters in heavily Democratic precincts in swing states such as Michigan and Ohio.

THE SOLUTION: KNOW HOW YOU’RE VOTING BEFORE YOU GO TO THE POLLS

Tuesday’s ballot is a long one with many partisan races, judicial races, state-wide proposals and local millages. It is very important to vote the entire ballot – the proposals and the judicial elections will impact our lives as well as the presidential election. But, in order to keep the lines moving in your polling place, PLEASE go to the following website so you will know your ballot BEFORE you enter the polling place:

www.michigan.gov/vote

When prompted, just type in your name and then your city and click on "my ballot." It’s very easy. High voter turnout is good for our democracy and it is good for John Kerry. Thanks for doing your part to make it easy for as many people to vote as possible.

HOW TO VOTE ON THE NON-PARTISAN ELECTIONS?

It is, of course, up to you, but many people have asked me about the judicial elections and the proposals.

JUDICIAL ELECTIONS:

There is only one contested judicial race on the Washtenaw Co. ballot – the race for the Michigan Supreme Court. I’m voting for the only two women on the ballot: Marilyn Kelly and Deborah Thomas. They are the most progressive choices and both were nominated by the Democrats (although their party-affiliation does not appear on the ballot). If you want to know more about the judicial elections, ask me to email you "Mike’s Judicial Picks for Non-Lawyers-2004."

STATEWIDE PROPOSALS:

I’m voting "no" on both statewide proposals. I assume that you are already planning to vote "no" on Proposal 2. Proposal 2 would amend the Michigan Constitution to not only ban gay marriage, but also civil unions and possibly even domestic partnership benefits for unmarried couples and their children. Don’t let the right wing enshrine discrimination into the constitution!

While I don’t feel as strongly about Proposal 1 (and I am not an expert on this topic), I am voting "no" because: (1) I don’t think that the constitution -- the framework of our government and the source of our rights -- should be amended for issues such as gambling; (2) the amendment would prevent the state from collecting desperately needed revenues for things such as schools; and (3) I find it hypocritical that the current casino owners are spending millions of dollars on an anti-gambling proposal when their actual goal is to maintain their monopoly on profits.

LOCAL PROPOSAL:

I hope you will all join me in voting "yes" on Proposal C which would decriminalize medical marijuana in Ann Arbor. The state should not punish individuals for using marijuana after their doctors recommend its use for medical purposes.

Please feel free to forward this message. And may your voting experience be quick, thorough and enjoyable! -Mike Steinberg, msteinberg@ameritech.net.

Note: I am obviously offering this information in my individual capacity and not as a representative of the organization for which I work.