PEG 12th Congressional District
Newsletter #186. Thursday, October 29, 2020
206 weeks down, 3 days until Election Day!
General Election: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
POLL GREETERS NEEDED! Help people vote all the way down the ballot
Offer in-person voters a card with WCDP's recommended candidates. They have 2-hour slots available at most polling places. Look for yours here: A sad fact in elections is that many voters lose track of who to vote for as they go down the ballot. State Supreme Court Races (Welch and McCormack!) often suffer from a lack of recognition, and many other positions are either left blank (ballot roll-off) or given only one vote when two or more candidates should be chosen (undervoting). You can help these great candidates get the votes they need! For info, contact
How to convince your friends to vote
This science-backed article contains 4 ways you can use to persuade your friends to vote. Just 56% of voting-age Americans actually voted in the 2016 presidential elections. That means, odds are, that includes some of your friends. There are still ~416,970 Democratic Absentee Voters who haven't turned their ballot in. You can see which ones haven't voted yet in this election and have a poor record of voting in the past by going to Before you do, check out these videos that show you how to search for information about your friend's likelihood of voting in this election. 
For more information, contact
PEGGY's Voting Ins and Outs
For all the details and deadlines for this election season, click this link for a downloadable and printable PDF with active links OR use the graphic version below to share on your favorite social media site. Many satellite stations have popped up across the state to accommodate the large voter turnout.
Vote early
For all the details and deadlines for this election season, check out this PEG Exclusive, "Voting in the 2020 Election - The Ins and Outs." Many satellite stations have popped up across the state to accommodate the large voter turnout.
If you are registered to vote (Good job!)
If you are already registered to vote, great! If you have not done so, head on down to your clerk's office or one of their satellite offices, register, get your ballot, and vote on the spot!. If you requested an absentee ballot and have not received your ballot in the mail, contact your local clerk. And, if you have your ballot, consider using the Washtenaw Dems Voter Guide to help you learn more about the important positions up for election, both partisan and nonpartisan. Finally, check out this comprehensive list of absentee voting tips to ensure that your ballot is counted!
Things to do
Get out the Vote!! Here’s how to Triple the Vote at polling places! has a non-partisan 501c3 team that is looking to post volunteers outside both early voting sites AND polling places on Election Day. The goal is to turn out voters in precincts that are disproportionately affected by the 2020 trifecta of barriers to voting: the pandemic, the debacle with the Postal Service, and voter suppression tactics. Volunteers, in PPE, simply stand outside polling places asking voters to please text 3 friends and remind them to vote. This is a proven, effective way to get out the vote.
There are 10 cities VoteTripling is targeting in Michigan – including Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Dearborn and Detroit. Check the schedule for training in your area, and sign up for a 45 minute training session on October 29 at 6 pm or October 30 at 7:30 pm. Then select a three-hour volunteer shift at a location of your choice for early voting or on Election Day by clicking here. This is an effort to be sure under-served voters get to vote!
WANTED: Michigan voter protection volunteers
In 2008, I became part of history. I volunteered as a poll observer in an African American district and watched as black citizens filed in to vote for the first black president. They waited on long lines, their quiet, unstated hope taking my breath away.
You too can become part of history on this very important election day on which our democracy hinges: Volunteer at the polls on election day.

The very last training session to become a poll observer is Thursday, October 29 at 7 pm.
NOTE: If you are an attorney, paralegal, law student, “election nerd” or other “detail oriented super geek,” your expertise is desperately needed.
Be prepared for the ballot!
The League of Women Voters of Ann Arbor and CTN have compiled a set of videos of various candidate forums for citizens to review to make an informed decision on their ballots. Visit the list here and learn the candidate platforms as desired.

Download and help distribute the Washtenaw County Voters Guide
This year’s voter guide is fully funded, thanks to the hard work of Washtenaw Democratic Party members and the generous support of many in the community. Click on the linked graphic below to view it online or download the pdf.
What’s on my ballot?
Washtenaw County has an extensive ballot this November. Learn what positions are up for election, which candidates are running, and what their platforms are. Visit here to learn about the upcoming ballot for your address. For on demand videos of candidate forums, please visit here. To learn about the various proposals on the ballot, input your location here for specifics. 
Senator Gary Peters deserves our vote
Gary Peters, a Democrat, is the junior senator from Michigan, who has served since Jan 6, 2015. GovTrack.US reports that he has been the primary sponsor of 13 bills that were enacted. According to the website, “Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law.” Some of the most recent bills include S. 3497 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act, S. 2107 Protecting America’s Food and Agriculture Act of 2019 and S. 446 Great Lakes Fishery Research Authorization Act.
Senator Peters serves on several committees and is the ranking member on the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee as well as the Armed Services Committee. He has missed 14 of 1,753 roll call votes, which is 0.8%

According to Bridge Magazine, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce gave him an award for bipartisanship and the Lugar Center ranked him the 12th most bipartisan senator.
His stances on issues are dramatically different from those of his opponent, John James. The nonpartisan Campus Election Engagement Project elucidates the views of each candidate on its webpage. The issues listed include ACA, climate change, Covid-19, public education, tariffs, gun rules, immigration, minimum wage, Planned Parenthood, police/community issues and voting rights. On many of these issues, John James’ position are similar to Trump’s or are “unclear!” Learn about the candidates and VOTE!
Friday October 30. Virtual GOTV Rally
The Michigan Democratic Women’s Caucus Oakland County is hosting a Get Out The Vote Rally. Register here. 6 pm

Friday, October 30. Community Conversation #2 on the 21 Day Equity Challenge
The United Way of Washtenaw County is issuing a 21-day Equity Challenge designed to take participants through an exploration of the history and impacts of racism and how it has shaped the lives of people in Michigan. Along the way, participants will be equipped with resources and tools to take action for racial equity in their work and lives. Read about the Challenge here. To join the conversation, bring a lunch and join UWW for a community conversation, co-hosted by Nonprofit Enterprise at Work. Read details of the event and register here. Noon–1:30 pm

Friday, October 30. Policing reform or revolution?
Join the U-M Ford School of Public Policy for a panel discussion on police reform and mass incarceration. Read details of the panel here. Free and open to the public. Click here to watch on YouTube. 3–4 pm
Tuesday, November 3. Election Day
Stay tuned for a special issue arriving on Election Day Eve to help navigate last-day voting and defending a fair election process.
Wednesday, November 4. Protect the Results mobilization
If the election results are undermined, the Protect the Results coalition will activate nationwide mobilizations to demand that all the votes are counted and for the peaceful transition of power. Join them to honor the valid results of the 2020 election, ensure that every vote is counted, and show up to demand the peaceful transition of power. This is a tentative date — read more below. To participate and carefully read the details, register here. 5 pm
Things to read, watch, and listen to
Did you know? Ballot counting machines are secure!
“Michigan uses all paper ballots, which are counted by tabulator machines. Vote tallies are printed and the paper record of the tallies as well as the paper ballots are stored in secure locations after counting is finished. The machines are not connected to the internet until all counting is finished and the tally has been printed. Then some jurisdictions may connect a machine to send UNOFFICIAL results to the county clerk, while others will report by phone. Either way, the paper backup is kept on record.” – Michigan SOS
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It's not too late!
You can still register in person at your city or township office or their satellite offices. You can register to vote until 8 pm the day of the election.
Daylight Savings Time
This weekend, it is time to set your clocks back by one hour or you might be a little early to work on Monday.
Good News
Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton to serve on National Police Foundation Council on Policing Reforms and Race
The National Police Foundation was established in 1970 by a grant from the Ford Foundation. Its purpose is to help the police be more effective in all areas of their job. The Council is “a majority African American led nonpartisan initiative that will use research and evidence to consider and offer recommendations to resolve some of the most significant and pressing issues with regard to policing reforms and race.” Learn more
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Download, Print, and Share these Voting Tips
If you click on the picture below, you can download and/or print polling line locators, Absentee Ballot Voting tips and general Voting Resources for yourself or to share with friends and family, compliments of PEG. If you need a particular file format not represented below, send us an email at Every ballot counts!