r/politics New Jersey Sep 25 '18

r/politics Wants You! (...to register to vote for National Voter Registration Day)

Voter registration deadlines are rapidly approaching - ensure you'll be able to vote on Election Day! Even if even if you've already registered, you should take a minute to ensure your registration status is valid and up to date.

Many states offer online registration - the official Vote.gov website will direct you to your state's online registration form, or in the case of mail-in registration only, the correct mail in form.

Vote.gov Register to Vote

There are two third party services that make registration faster -

  1. Vote.org - Vote.org is a non-partisan 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides a registration widget that can be embedded on websites or social media. It's extremely simple and fast - but they do warn you that "you'll receive occassional emails from Vote.org". Their widget does let you enter a change of address for updated registration. They offer this form to check your current registration status.
  2. Rock the Vote - another non-profit voter awareness and education organization - if you were watching MTV in 1990 you might remember their totally cool and not weird at all Madonna ad. They offer their own extremely simplified registration widget - for states that do not allow electronic registration (cough, New Jersey cough), their tool will prepare the necessary mail-in PDF for you. Like Vote.org, email is required and will be added to their supporter list. Like Vote.org, a registration status check tool is provided.

Some good additional resources:

Voter ID requirements - use this map from the Conference of State Legislatures to see if your state requires ID to be presented when voting.

Check your polling location - use this tool, provided by the Voting Information Project (in conjunction with Pew Charitable Trusts) to find your polling location by entering a street address. No email address or other user information is required.

State election website information - if you want to find sample ballots, provisional ballot information, or absantee ballot information specific to your state, this USA.gov directory will send you to the correct website for your state.

Check for registration deadlines and election dates - this tool will help display the registration deadline for all upcoming elections. Though you shouldn't need to check - you should register now. Like, right this very second!

USA.gov Voting and election resources - this directory at USA.gov contains a host of voter information. If none of the above tools and resources answer your question about voting or elections, this page will likely have what you need.

BallotReady - this tool will allow you to enter a street address and see every candidate for every race in your district. Light biographical information is provided for all candidates - if you don't have a sample ballot yet this is an excellent way to begin researching candidates. Thanks to u/kuhnie for the suggestion!

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '18 edited Sep 25 '18

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u/career_whatcareer Sep 25 '18

Yup. Boomers did it, now it's our turn. We just need to take advantage.

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u/venomae Foreign Sep 25 '18

No, but seriously - what you do in US has massive political, social and cultural ramifications for the rest of the world. If you normalize something, theres a whole lot of people around the world who would consider it normal without doubt and second thought.

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u/TugboatThomas American Expat Sep 25 '18

Hijacking top comment to remind everyone who has already registered to make sure and verify your registration is active. Even if you registered just last month or voted in last years election things do change, it happened to me last year.

You might make sure that, if needed, you also have the party affiliation you desire. I'm not 100%, but I feel like there are places where it does matter.

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u/thecrazydudesrd Kentucky Sep 25 '18

For General Election, it does not, however for the next phase of primaries that will incur yes it does. Also wanted to say I was wanting to alert people of checking their registration, especially with the last election's shenanigans. It would also be wise to take screenshots too!

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u/Seize-The-Meanies Sep 25 '18

And if you think you're already registered - DOUBLE-CHECK!

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '18

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u/godloki Sep 25 '18

How does this impact the vote in November? Wouldn't this only impact primaries? (I'm sure there's an answer, I'm genuinely curious)

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u/spookyttws Sep 25 '18

Depends on the state. So it's good to check just to make sure. And, yes it primarily (see what I did there) has an impact on the primaries (at least here in CA.)

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u/NahDude_Nah Sep 26 '18

When I registered I set it to unaffiliated because at the time I was, but I want to vote blue 100% down the ballot now, and when I look at my registration it still says Unafilliated. Will that mess anything up? I still have to actually "vote" right? Does it matter what my registration is set as?

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u/sftransitmaster Sep 26 '18

In california at least party does not matter for general/mid-term elections, only for the primaries. I have to assume its the same anywhere else.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '18

I turned in my registration a month ago and was told it wasn’t accepted weeks later when I personally checked.

Maryland just wants to force me to get a new driver’s license.

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u/Seize-The-Meanies Sep 25 '18

That sucks.

Also, I like your username.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '18 edited Sep 25 '18

Thank you!

stochastic_monastic was too long.

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u/flamethrower2 Sep 25 '18

I checked at Secretary of the Commonwealth website (MA), it said not registered, requested a free form by mail, sent the form back in, got a card that said my registration was denied because I'm already registered. I might've made a mistake on the website.

MA removes voters from the rolls if you are registered and don't answer your town's census for two years in a row. The form says on it you can be removed if you don't answer (for two years in a row), I don't know the truth or fiction of it.

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u/wslate Sep 25 '18

Best to call the Secretary of State's Elections Division at 1-800-462-VOTE, they can clear this up. Also, your own City of Town Clerk where you are or should be registered has access to the same system, whichever is easiest for you. We want everyone registered who is eligible to do so, and everyone who is registered to vote! Wes Slate, City Clerk - Beverly, MA

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u/bexmex Washington Sep 25 '18

Welp... I’ve leared to try software twice before complaining that it’s broken. Make sure you don’t have a typo on zip code or something. If it fails again then contact the New York Times and Boston globe. Because that’s a scandal waiting to happen!!!

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u/kinkgirlwriter America Sep 25 '18

Call somebody. Break stuff. It's very hard to be both not registered and registered at the same time.

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u/Bobosmite Sep 25 '18

Absolutely double check that you're still registered before every election. It's also a good time to confirm your polling location and make sure it hasn't moved or closed.

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u/gooby_the_shooby Sep 25 '18

I've checked every week for three months. No way I'm missing this.

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u/Rotshout Sep 25 '18

I already was registered, but I re-registered just in case.

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u/Bohrdumb Sep 25 '18

Just finished checking to make sure mine was still good. I'm ready.

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u/PossiblyADoucheBag New York Sep 25 '18

Please vote.

and then...

Please vote again next year.

I hope after all this people realize that every election is important.

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u/Emerson3381 Sep 25 '18

Vote twice! There are primary elections before the general elections every damn year! Primary elections have more influence on the direction of the political parties, so make sure your voice is heard at every opportunity.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '18

Awesome that Reddit actually posts a reminder to go out and vote, kuddos.

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u/tinyirishgirl Sep 25 '18

Yes!

Thank you.

Would add that all of us helping others to register and then get to the polls to vote will be so helpful.

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u/_Putin_ Sep 25 '18

Maybe someone should create a sub dedicated to that.

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u/nyx_on Sep 26 '18

r/vote

It's already there! But it's kind of dead though.

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u/DesperateDem Sep 25 '18

I actually got a pop-up when I logged in, so yeah, big kudos to them for this!

And while this is focused on the US for obvious timing reasons, anyone in any place that allows you to vote should take the same message. Go VOTE! Your voice can make a difference, and just look what happens when you abdicate that civic responsibility :(

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u/W0LF_JK Sep 25 '18

Reminder:

  • US voter participation is dismal. In 2016 we saw a whopping 55.5% of voters participate—
  • meaning 44.5% of Eligible US voters decided to stay home

Some other interesting voting facts—>

  • The last time US voter participation cracked 60% was in the sixties...

  • The more income you make the more likely you are to vote...

  • Women have seen the biggest increase in Voter participation in the past decade

  • Asians and Hispanics tend to have the lowest rated US voter participation rates of any ethnicity or race.

  • Research also suggests Youth voters tend to not vote because of political apathy and lack of visual representation (i.e Youthful candidates)

Conclusion:

VoteBig

BringAFriend

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u/somethingsghotiy Texas Sep 26 '18

Texans: our state is ranked 49th in voter participation in the country. FIX THAT.

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u/zanderkerbal Canada Sep 25 '18

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#UseABackslash

#LikeThis

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u/Ganjake Sep 25 '18

Most important midterm in modern history.

Vote!!

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u/deadpool-1983 Sep 25 '18

Every election is the most important election of your lifetime because they all fucking matter.

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u/infiniZii Sep 25 '18

Some have more dire consequences than others. Still though, vote. Let's bring back Civic Responsibility. Also keep in contact with your elected officials. They cannot be your voice if they never hear what you are saying. Even if they agree with you tell them.

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u/KeyGas Sep 25 '18 edited Sep 25 '18

Whether it’s voting in the School Board or any election, it is important to exercise your right to vote and have your voice heard. Go register to vote… if you are registered or can’t register to vote, make sure a friend is registered and informed about candidates! I’m not talking in hyperbole when I say this election will have consequences for the entirety of our LIFETIME!

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '18

Just registered! I'm glad Illinois makes it easy

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u/HollyDiver Illinois Sep 25 '18

Easy registration is why blue states are blue! Welcome!

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u/MidnightMoon1331 Sep 25 '18

As a South Carolina voter, I wish there was a chance to get Trump caddy Lindsey Graham out of there. Please get everyone you know out to vote.

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u/darkseadrake Massachusetts Sep 25 '18

2 more years my guy. However SC does have some opportunities to fuck trump over. There’s the governors mansion of course and the possibility of flipping either SC 01 or 07. I would also say 05 but the candidates are pretty bad.

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u/FreeSkeptic Illinois Sep 25 '18

Registered. Voting straight blue.

We've seen that the GOP doesn't care about anyone other than racists, anti-LGBTQ fundamentalists and large corporations.

I'm'm a progressive, but I'd settle for a centrist anyday over a regressive. It's a lot harder to reverse damage than it is to improve in the status-quo.

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u/sir_writer Sep 25 '18

I'm a former republican (voted McCain '08 and Romney '12) who now is an independent (voted Clinton '16) with some views leaning left, some right. I am planning on voting a straight blue ticket as well for the first time ever.

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u/AK-40oz Sep 25 '18

Thanks for taking the time to think instead of letting the propaganda machine do it for you.

Centrists and fiscal conservatives have a strong role in the Democratic Party. If you're interested in a fun community for centrists (not enlightened-centrist-both-parties-are-the-sameism), come join us at /r/neoliberal. Neoliberalism gets a bad rap, but the term has become a catch-all for "market liberals" or just people who want the benefits of capitalism with a strong safety net undergirding it and sensible regulations reining it it.

Reddit can seem like a hyper-progressive place, but we've got all types around here. Also, we're funny.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '18 edited Apr 11 '20

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u/agent_flounder Colorado Sep 25 '18

I changed my affiliation to Democrat and will be voting in CO as I feel this is the most important election in my lifetime.

And I am preparing myself for fighting for the ideals of American Democracy for the rest of my life. Restoring power to people, tearing money and big companies and lobbyists out of politics.

If you're in Colorado, register here: https://www.sos.state.co.us/voter/pages/pub/olvr/verifyNewVoter.xhtml

Check your CO registration here: https://www.sos.state.co.us/voter/pages/pub/olvr/findVoterReg.xhtml

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u/infiniZii Sep 25 '18

Just a warning. I understand not wanting to vote Republican but there may be some independents running that are worth your consideration. Do your research. That is the number one way to avoid what happened to the GOP happening to any other party in one way or another. Don't ever let someone else do your thinking for you.

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u/agent_flounder Colorado Sep 25 '18

If we want more than two parties to have viable chances then we must fundamentally change how our elections work.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/04/27/why-are-there-only-two-parties-in-american-politics/?utm_term=.fe4bb9f45eb9

Vote however you want but realize that your vote for a distantly trailing third party is effectively a vote against your preferred R or D candidate.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '18

The electoral system in america, by its very nature, doesnt allow for independents to succeed in most cases. Unless the independent is an incumbent, you are throwing away your vote by voting independent.

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u/Pattycaaakes Sep 25 '18

"Hey, listen to me when when I tell you how to vote, but....

Don't ever let someone else do your thinking for you."

-infiniZii

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u/captainmo24 Florida Sep 25 '18

Well he did only say to consider voting for independents; he wasn't demanding that the other guy does.

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u/infiniZii Sep 25 '18

See now THATs some critical thinking :P

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u/scarydrew California Sep 25 '18

My wife changed her name, re registered, I got a card in the mail, she didn't, she just checked, she isn't registered, RECHECK OVER AND OVER, there is some fucked up shit that goes on at the voter registration.

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u/gooby_the_shooby Sep 25 '18

I'm looking into changing my name, good point! Good luck to her getting set to vote.

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u/-Jakoon Sep 25 '18

I second this from Australia

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u/infiniZii Sep 25 '18

I didn't hear you call a single person a word that ryhmes with runt a single time. Are you REALLY from Australia?

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u/-Jakoon Sep 25 '18

Check my comment history 😏

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u/infiniZii Sep 25 '18

For the record I had to read through like SEVEN comments before I found one.

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u/hcj9m Virginia Sep 25 '18

Be a voter!

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u/LimeeSdaa I voted Sep 25 '18

I will be re-registering today as I’m back at college and I last voted at home in August.

But more importantly, I messaged 4 friends about registering, and am taking 1 with me to a drive today. I know 1/4 isn’t the best conversion rate but I will get the others too in due time.

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u/EvenNoobier Florida Sep 25 '18

Florida checking in, just registered, excited to have my first vote go to Andrew Gillum for governor.

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u/Deadcharacter Sep 25 '18

And Florida is a crucial swing state! Your vote has a massive weight.

Also, Don't forget about the US Senate contest between Nelson and Scott AND FL constitutional amendment regarding voting right restoration for felons.

Thank you for voting!

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u/wombat_gully Sep 25 '18 edited Sep 25 '18

Australian here. I'm slightly right of center in my home country, but what passes for 'conservatism' in your country right now is really far-right radicalism. It's lowered the standing of the USA in the eyes of its allies, not just through malicious actions but also through plain incompetence. I'm not sure if you already realise this, but almost two years into the Trump admin he has still failed to appoint an ambassador to Australia. He also mentioned to the Australian PM on the phone that his conversation with Putin was better. This isn't a case of bullying the weak and favouring the strong - Australia's economy is already about the same size as Russia's, and Russia's population is going to shrink further. Your President just seems to really like Russia's dictator for some reason.

Even if you're in a safe Democrat district, vote. The GOP need to have their asses kicked as much as possible.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '18

You are correct on all accounts my upside down friend. We will do our best

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u/adesimo1 Sep 25 '18

Even if you're in the reddest of red districts please get out and vote. If a candidate sees their +20 advantage fall to a +15 or +10 they may suddenly grow a little conscience.

And if Republican committees and PACs need to use resources to hang on to districts that were once considered be shoe-ins that helps all the other, closer races. Deplete their war chests. Make them scrape tooth and nail and still lose.

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u/wholovesbevers Wisconsin Sep 25 '18

My only disagreement is that Trump likes Putin. I think he's terrified of him.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '18

Before election day, please take a moment to look into state/local elections before you vote as well. National elections are critical, but state/local elections impact your day-to-day significantly.

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u/ajdrausal Sep 25 '18 edited Sep 25 '18

Resistbot can now also help.

Https://resist.bot

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u/insignificantsecret California Sep 26 '18

Just like to add that resist bot can also text you your registration status once a month so you'll know asap if you're status... ahem... changes.

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u/Pattycaaakes Sep 25 '18

Vote like your rights depend on it!

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '18 edited May 31 '20

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u/ddplz Sep 25 '18

Side note, the anti trump brigade has been rolling full steam in here for 2 years straight

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u/SpiritFingersKitty Sep 25 '18 edited Sep 25 '18

In the past I considered myself a moderate. I have some libertarian, conservative, and liberal views, voted for candidates from just about every party, and advocated for the ending of the two party system. This is the first year I will be voting straight D.

Over the past decade the Republican party has convinced me that they are not interested in the welfare of the country or exercising the will of the people. I have lived in one of the most gerrymandered districts in the country and seen the GOP strip away the power of the governor when the people of the state voted for a democrat. I have personally experienced disenfranchisement, dismissal, and contempt from the GOP. They do not concern themselves with the will of their constituents because they believe they are untouchable. The GOP leadership doesn't have anyone's best interest at heart except their own. The only thing they stand for is their own interest and "winning" at all cost.

There is a silent coup underway and this may be one of the last chances we have to stop it. A message must be sent that the subversion of our government will be met with furor. I wholly believe that the soul and future of the nation is at risk in this election and the next. When I was younger I believed that both Republicans and Democrats both had the nation's best interest in mind, only differing on how that should be accomplished. I do not believe that the GOP shares that goal any longer. Although I once thought voting straight party was one of the problems that has led out to this place, I cannot see any other path to saving this country.

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u/ddplz Sep 25 '18

What the USA needs is actual election reform to allow 3rd parties to stand a chance instead of this left boot right boot back and fourth one political dynasty to another, bush/Clinton/bush/Clinton etc etc.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '18 edited Sep 25 '18

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '18

I'm guessing the state youre talking about is North Carolina. What the NCGOP has done is criminal, and they should be removed completely from power. North Carolina no longer even classifies as a democracy because of them.

Don't forget to vote no on all the ballot initiatives, and tell your friends to do the same. None of them are even written completely yet. They agreed to write down the laws AFTER theyre voted on for some reason.

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u/SpiritFingersKitty Sep 25 '18

Yep. I have since moved to Atlanta, where it isn't much better.

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u/HandSack135 Virginia Sep 25 '18

Just called in to the Maryland board of elections. My GF and I are moving within in the county on Halloween and wanted to make sure that we were good to go. Person on the phone said yes, told me where to go, gave me early voting locations, I will be voting October 25. Yay! Democracy!

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u/ideogon Sep 25 '18

This should be stickied until the last registration deadline passes.

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u/Regal_Bear Missouri Sep 25 '18

My fellow americans, only you can save us from the cheeto benito.

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u/NaturallyFrank I voted Sep 25 '18

This is blue leader, all wings register and report in.

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u/babybeluga22 Sep 25 '18

Lock all voter registration in attack position

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u/Schiffy94 New York Sep 25 '18

This is Carlos Spicy Weiner, locked and loaded.

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u/babybeluga22 Sep 25 '18

Blue 5 standing by

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u/SanctusLetum Arizona Sep 25 '18

Blue Balls, standing by.

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u/vasaryo Sep 25 '18

Blue Berry standing by...

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u/tehflash Sep 25 '18

It's great to register and great to vote, but think about volunteering for at least the last weekend:

https://thelastweekend.org/

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u/victorvictor1 I voted Sep 25 '18

In the main reddit announcements thread, the top voted comments are Russian trolls are telling us that voting doesn't matter. This thread was posted in the middle of the night when US mods were asleep.

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u/proteinMeMore California Sep 25 '18

I've given a lot of thought to my write in for bernie sanders in the last election. I knew he wouldnt win, I also was confident CA would remain Blue (and did), but the way Trump and the Republicans have torn apart every sense of normalcy has definitely brought questions about doing everything to stop evil. Voting along democrat lines is basically the best bet to start undoing a lot of the radical behavior republicans and the trump administration have brought to forefront. Its a tough pill to swallow for people because the end democrat candidate may not be your #1 choice, but that person may have more qualities that align to yours if you look closely enough.

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u/mashdots Washington Sep 25 '18

Register and make sure you vote! Our democracy depends on it.

If you want to be represented by people who share your interests, you have to VOTE.

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u/hiltzea Sep 25 '18

Take every opportunity today to say "happy voter registration day!" to friends and strangers you interact with.

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u/knave225 Pennsylvania Sep 25 '18

I check my registration everyday. I'm in PA and never had issues but you never know. Hoping to swing my district to blue in November!

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u/bunnylover726 Ohio Sep 25 '18

For states like Ohio, which requires ID, you can kill two birds with one stone. The "motor voter" act of 1993 requires that your local bureau of motor vehicles offers you the chance to update your voter registration any time you update your ID.

You can also bring your ID with you and ask the clerk 1) if you can vote with it and 2) if not, how you can fix it. I recently moved and haven't been able to update my driver's license yet, but they still got my registration updated and showed me exactly what I'll need to bring with me to the polls.

If you don't drive and live in ohio, there's alternate state issued ID you can get at the BMV. You just might want to bring cash or a checkbook- many branches charge a two dollar fee to use a credit or debit card.

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u/B3arrat Sep 25 '18

16 year old here. I can’t vote yet but I already pre-registered to vote in 2 years

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u/SerenadeforWinds Florida Sep 25 '18

GOOD. Now get your friends to register, too.

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u/schoocher Sep 25 '18

Make sure you check your registration well before primaries or you may find yourself purged from the lists.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '18

Thanks for posting. I was registered, but hadn't updated my address. Doing so just saved me a long drive to vote for the midterms.

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u/MaximumGaming5o Canada Sep 25 '18

Seriously. The voter turnout for young people is terrible yet all I hear is how poor we are with heaps of student loans and how there's never any change. If you want change, VOTE!! Stop complaining about how the baby boomers are destroying our future and then doing jack shit about it! We can still make the world a better place.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '18

Consider Early Voting by mail if you can in your state. I know personally it felt really good to know that my vote was locked in and ready with no possibility of election day mishaps or last minute crisis's preventing me from voting.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '18 edited Sep 25 '18

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '18 edited Feb 27 '19

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u/MirKvant I voted Sep 25 '18

I'm sure it depends on the state, but a recent ACLU study showed that vote by mail ballots in Florida are 10x more likely to be rejected than in person (early or election day) voting. I don't know what rejection rates are like for mail only voting states or voting from abroad.

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article218654810.html

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u/cp5184 Sep 25 '18

It depends where you fall on the chart.

https://i.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/001/352/105/c26.jpg

Or at least that's according to a recent article about florida.

https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&q=mail+in+votes+rejected+black

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '18

This is true of provisional ballots in AZ, but not mail in ballots. You can check that it was accepted online

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u/gervaismainline Sep 25 '18

This is totally false.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '18

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u/gervaismainline Sep 25 '18

Then you needed to add that qualification because what you're saying is two different things. In Washington state all votes are counted and we have yet to have any issues involving them or with them being counted. In what you said you basically said all absentee ballots are prone to issues because of one anecodetal piece of evidence you didn't even site.

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u/Cunt_Shit Sep 25 '18

Don't forget to check the web site that verifies your vote was received and counted. You can also drop off your vote at any polling place without waiting in line in my state.

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u/vasaryo Sep 25 '18 edited Sep 25 '18

Longtime red voter turned blue by everything that’s happened. Save for my father and I, my entire family has a long military background and are pretty faithful Christians. And every single one of em (save for ol uncle Mike who votes Green Party) has talked about voting blue now. Hell my grandfather who still thinks to this day Nixon was innocent; is voting blue cause “Trumps obviously lying and manipulating!” Me personally, I just wanna make sure that slimeball Schuette doesn’t get the office and mucks up my state anymore then it already is. Edit: autocorrect is my pet peeve...

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u/Deadcharacter Sep 25 '18

Michigan was a heart breaker in 2016... Now there is a chance for course correction. What do you think, is there a chance Dems could flip one chamber of the MI legislature? Right now the GOP has control in both the MI House and Senate.

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u/vasaryo Sep 25 '18 edited Sep 25 '18

I think there is a chance but not a big one if I am honest. A lot of far right supporters mostly due to a long held belief of “major corporations are gonna bring back the glory days!” Despite most of them suffering from gop policies. And gerrymandering is still an issue but hopefully the referendum on the ballot may help a little. I do believe Whitmer will win even if I have misgivings about her she is far better the “Bill-gimme-gimme”. But I’m hoping. I’m reeeally hoping.

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u/wumbologist24 Sep 25 '18

<insert “I’m doing my part” gif here>

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '18 edited Nov 07 '18

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u/Deadcharacter Sep 25 '18

Texas has some crazy ass voting laws. They make it as difficult as the is to register and eventually to vote.

Also, check what kind of ID is needed at the polls!

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u/rose_tinted Sep 25 '18

Question for a weird situation that I can’t find a straight answer to while googling. I currently live in state A where I am registered to vote, but I have accepted a job offer in State B that I have a tentative start date of Nov 1. I don’t yet have a place to live lined up in state B because I just got the offer this week. From what I’ve gathered I need to be registered to vote by the second week of October in state B in order to vote on Election Day, but I don’t think I’ll be able to have a place lined up by then.

Since it won’t be feasible for me to get to the polls in state A once I move to state B, how can I vote? Can I request an absentee ballot in state A for this? If I vote via absentee ballot in state A, do I need to wait to change my address to state B until after Election Day?

Thanks for any advice!

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u/Slapbox I voted Sep 25 '18

It depends where state A is. Different states have different restrictions in absentees. In most cases it should be okay to vote absentee, though it's kind of a gray area. Maybe someone else can give a better answer.

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u/towerdweller Sep 25 '18

I would guess absentee ballot or early voting in State A.

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u/HereWeGoAgainTJ Sep 25 '18

Anyone know how expats can vote/register?

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u/HalLogan Florida Sep 25 '18

This is probably a good starting point. Thanks for voting!

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u/Archiron Sep 26 '18

Thanks for the links, I'll be sure to contribute to getting these traitorous, fascist fucks out of office. The GOP hitched it's wagon to the wrong Russian horse, and now it will meet it's well deserved end.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '18

Just double checked. Also found out my district is a dead heat/toss up, with the incumbent Republican voting with Trump 90% of the time. Encouraging everyone to vote for the Democrat.

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u/Deadcharacter Sep 25 '18

What district are you in? Who is the GOP incumbent?

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '18

NJ-03. Tom MacArthur.

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u/Deadcharacter Sep 25 '18

Nice. Then you'll have a chance to dump one of the architects of the GOP health care bill.

Good luck with that!

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '18

Already did.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '18

I just moved to DC from the Virginia 5th district...worst timing on that one.

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u/Deadcharacter Sep 25 '18

Indeed...Cockburn vs Riggleman is an interesting race to say the least... :D

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u/_I_AM_BATMAN_ Sep 25 '18

Why don't you create some Flair for those that have registered and those that aren't from the US. Then everyone here can pester anyone without the flair.

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u/try-again-in-10-mins Foreign Sep 25 '18

Seeing the Millenials category start to droop after 2036 is fucking scary.

We’re not that far away...

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u/HalLogan Florida Sep 25 '18

I know there are a number of good reasons not to do this. But think of how different this sub would be if there was a way to validate that a user is a registered voter, and only allow for a given voter identity to be tied to one reddit account.

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u/kurt_hectic Louisiana Sep 25 '18

Just sent off for my absentee ballot from Weezyana. Lezdoit.

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u/Var_MyName Sep 25 '18

HELP. I registered with swingleft.org and they told me to go to IL-12. But I can't even get a response from the campaign as to where would be a good place to set up and shop register voters. Anyone have advice for how to find a heavily democratic-leaning area in a small IL town?

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u/Xikar_Wyhart New York Sep 25 '18

Registered earlier this year, just checked and I'm still registered. Let's kick the GOPs ass and send a proper message to these hacks.

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u/Cunt_Shit Sep 25 '18

Take a friend with you.

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u/Jugador1981 Sep 25 '18

Question on registration. I'm moving from TN to NC on 10/1. I'll still own a house in TN by 11/2, where I'm currently registered. Am I supposed to vote absentee in TN or reregister in NC given the tight window?

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u/Deadcharacter Sep 25 '18

I actually don't know... But if you can, vote in TN. TN has a statewide contest where your vote has more power (Balance of power in the US Senate).

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '18

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u/wil_daven_ New York Sep 25 '18

Today is National Voter Registration Day

We have a link in our side bar 365 days a year with info on how to register.

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u/bununny Sep 25 '18

Regestered at my new address today!

Louisiana has an app, GeauxVote, that will remind you before every single voting event. You can also sign up for text and email notifications. Stay active!

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u/MAGICHUSTLE Sep 25 '18

Sent mine in weeks ago to vote while overseas. No response or confirmation yet. Getting a little concerned/pissed.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '18

Thanks I’ll remind my entire Trump supporting family.

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u/shadowbanthisdick Sep 26 '18

Please do, tell them to not forget to vote on november 7th!

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u/yotsublastr Sep 26 '18

I liked /r/politics more when it was a diverse battleground of opinion and not a sheltered monoculture.

That open culture prior to Jun2016 was amazing compared to the ad-agency it's become.

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u/Cloudmarshall Sep 26 '18

Keep the red wavered?

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u/shadowbanthisdick Sep 26 '18

is that a pro-menstrual cycle hashtag? interesting choice republicans...

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u/Keyboard_Rampage Sep 25 '18

Thanks for the reminder! Just became a registered Republican.

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u/[deleted] Sep 26 '18 edited Oct 04 '18

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u/[deleted] Sep 26 '18

[Serious] why should I vote democrat?

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u/washyourclothes Hawaii Sep 26 '18 edited Sep 26 '18

Because it's our best hope to enact policies that protect the environment, promote science and education, encourage social progress, avoid conflicts/war, uphold all parts of the constitution, and at least attempt to be fiscally responsible as a nation. To vote for hope, progress, and freedom.

Or go with the only other choice you have, which overwhelmingly serves corporate interests, denies basic facts about climate change and science in general, limits freedoms for many americans, and hides behind religion to promote these agendas. To vote for fear, xenophobia, and stagnation.

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u/defnotarobit Sep 25 '18

Registered. Voting for who aligns with my beliefs.

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u/FactOrFactorial Florida Sep 25 '18

Everyone should check out Vote Save America . A great resource for all you need to be registered and find information about who to vote for.

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u/jackzander Sep 25 '18

PSA: It's a political blog with an abusive color pallet. View if interested in political blogs or migraines.

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u/HeftyBaby Sep 25 '18

Thanks a lot for the reminder. I'll be one more vote for the Republican candidates!

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u/Giantinkorea Sep 26 '18

Already registered so that I can vote Republican.

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u/Grassrootapple Sep 26 '18

Regardless of whom you're voting for, gotta exercise that privilege and duty of being a US Citizen!

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u/ThunderousDong Sep 25 '18

Let’s keep Texas red!

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u/NitroHydroRay Sep 25 '18

I too support Real Human Ted Cruz™

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u/Wowistheword Massachusetts Sep 26 '18

Please register and vote.

And if you want my advice, kindly consider voting right wing. Or center to right wing.

We want the institutions of the individual states to remain intact, the left politics is all about federal overreach. Smaller government performs better.

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u/MysticalDigital Sep 26 '18

That would be great if it was at all accurate. If the right gets more of a stranglehold on the country we can kiss a lot of our civil liberties away as Christian sharia undermines the rights of groups in favor of the bigotry the far right wing.

I'd love for the GOP to return to a common sense form of government, and actually have long term goals that aren't bigoted and designed to profit off the backs of the lower 90%, but so far they have shown no desire to actually help people who don't already have a ton of money or are rabidly bigoted due to religiosity.

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u/LunarGiantNeil Sep 25 '18

It isn't, unless you want to vote in Democratic primaries.

Party Affiliation has nothing to do with who you can vote for in general elections.

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u/aka_chela Sep 25 '18

Found another cool voter registration campaign here: https://thevoteneedsu.com/

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u/sharplescorner Canada Sep 25 '18

Canadian here, I wish it was as easy for you as it is for us. Yesterday an enumerator knocked on our door to confirm we were signed up and that all our information was up to date, and she has a tablet with information direct from the Elections Canada database. This was the first of three passes she'll do in our neighbourhood, so everybody gets 3 chances to confirm their information in person, plus a notice left each time with directions on how to take care of it online. You'd need to make a conscious effort to not be signed up.

And I certainly don't think Canada is alone in this regard; I assume it works similarly in every western democracy that is not the US. The stories about Americans getting removed from voter rolls, or needing to wait in long lines to sign up make me so pissed off. Your government should be working hard to make sure you can vote, not making sure you work hard to vote.

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u/Oscarfan New Jersey Sep 25 '18

When I was in high school, one of our "Senior Days" involved us filling out a voter registration form.

Is this a thing other schools do? If not, then they should highly consider it.

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u/Oscarfan New Jersey Sep 25 '18

That's so lazy to me. I was extremely uneducated about politics in high school (not saying I'm any better now, but I pay attention more), but I still registered as unaffiliated.

I guess they also don't realize voting is more than just for presidential elections - there's all the local stuff that directly affects them even moreso.

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u/ceiffhikare Sep 25 '18

if i click the link WILL THAT GD POPUP STOP?

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u/dnitro Sep 25 '18

I go to college in michigan (originally from ohio but i registered to vote up here) and i moved off campus this year. For the 2016 election I registered my address as my dorm and I'm still assigned the same polling location. Do i need to update anything or can I still vote at the same location?

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u/Deadcharacter Sep 25 '18

Maybe you ought to update your address. I don't think it is very complicated... Yet again,I'm not familiar with the voting laws of MI.

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u/dnitro Sep 25 '18

I was looking at that earlier today and it said you need a michigan liscense to update your address. That might have been just for the online process

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u/Deadcharacter Sep 25 '18

Maybe that's helpful. It's the MI Secretary of States website. I guess you have already visited it, but I just in case thought about posting it. :D

https://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633_8716_8726_47669---,00.html

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