PEG 12th Congressional District
Newsletter #173, Thursday, July 30, 2020
193 weeks down, 15 weeks to go until Election Day!
Primaries: Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Just in case you haven't registered, voted, or are unsure of your status
We have compiled a handy printable graphic here to review and share with friends and family. Also, you can download the photo graphic below and share with your friends and colleagues on social media! To read more and visit live hyperlinks, go to the original article on the PEG website.
AV Chase: It's time to get the ballots back
Ballot Power™ gathers Michigan Secretary of State voter resources in one very easy-to-use tool. It provides the Ballot Tracking™ service to alert any qualified voter when their vote is counted. This can help you catch snags in the voting process, such as a missed signature or delayed mail. It's a FREE website, available to ALL Michigan Voters.

Ballot Tracking™ tells you the date that:
  • Your ballot request was received by the clerk
  • The clerk sent you a ballot to complete
  • Your clerk received your ballot

Note: The Clerk's Office CANNOT open the ballot until 8 pm on Election Day.
 
Michigan election procedures have changed and can be very complex. Ballot Power has tried to give you visibility into your absentee ballot status in an easy format. You are encouraged to check the Michigan Secretary of State official website at  Michigan.gov/vote  and/or your local clerk’s office for more detailed information. 
Events
Thursday, July 30. Rep. Lasinski's Townhall
Join State Representative Donna Lasinski for a virtual Townhall via Zoom or on Facebook Live to find out what is going on in Lansing and in this community. For links and more info, go here . 6–7 pm
Friday, July 31. Racial Equity Roundtable 
Ashley Biden will join Michigan's Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II for a roundtable conversation on racial equity with the Michigan People’s Campaign. Register here . 11 am-noon
Tuesday, August 4. State and Local Primary Election
Prepare to vote absentee and vote early. No excuse is needed — any registered voter is eligible to vote absentee. Request and fill out an absentee ballot at your local clerk's office. In the future, consider registering for permanent absentee voting; that way, applications for an absentee ballot will automatically be mailed to each voter before every election. Find more information here . Track an application and ballot through BallotPower.org.
Thursday, August 6. Ypsilanti Millennial Town Hall
Join Ypsilanti Mayor Lois Allen-Richardson’s first Millennial Town Hall to share resident experiences, goals, and visions around important issues in the city that impact life in Ypsilanti. This will be a facilitated dialogue between Millennial (ages 21-39 years old) residents of Ypsilanti to produce shared generational wisdom toward the goal of guiding the city’s future. The Millennial Town Hall is open to the public. This event will happen online via Zoom (link here ) and will be recorded into the public record. 7 pm 

Saturday, August 8. Virtual Coffee Hour: Demystifying Absentee Ballots
Join ONECampaign for Michigan as they’ll be unpacking some of the questions heard about Absentee Ballot Voting - the safest way to vote during this pandemic. This is an opportunity to meet your local organizers, learn more about the candidates who are running up and down the ballot, and get involved with the campaign to flip Michigan back to blue.read more and register here . 10–11 am

Saturday, August 15. The Borgen Project Info Session
The Borgen Project is a non-profit organization that aims to fight global poverty through advocacy and mobilization efforts. This free/donation-based event will include information regarding volunteer and internship opportunities with our organization. Additionally, we will be going into a brief walk-through on the International Affairs Budget. We will then find our congressional representatives and their contact information, teaching attendees how easy it is to make a difference! Read more here . 2–3 pm
Things to do, Read, Watch, and Listen to
To review candidates for prosecutor by county visit ACLU Michigan here .
City/County/State/Federal Candidate Forums - Video-on-Demand List
If anyone hasn’t had a chance to view the many candidate forums from Ann Arbor City Council to the US House of Representatives positions that will be on the upcoming ballots, here is a chance to catch up. The League of Women Voters has compiled a list of all candidate forums available to date, making linking to the videos easy to view at one’s own convenience. The list does not comprise the entirety of the forums available.
Urgent Call for volunteers
The Washtenaw Dems are looking to cover a shortfall of precinct delegates by 4 pm on Friday, July 31. Find out more information here .
“Immigration Nation” will air on Netflix on August 3 
“Immigration Nation” is a docu-series created by filmmakers, Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz, that the administration fought to keep from being released until after the November 2020 election. The filmmakers had a contract with the agency to produce this docu-series. The trouble began after turning over their draft to the agency as agreed. ‘ The filmmakers said they were told that the administration’s anger over the project came from “all the way to the top.”’ Be sure to watch this powerful series on Netflix. Read more Watch
Census 2020: Only 9 questions
As of 7/27/20, Michigan has SLIPPED into 4th amongst the states in self-reporting. Currently, 68.6% of people living in Michigan have self- reported; Washtenaw County remains in 12th place with participation at 74%. In about the same time it takes to skim through this newsletter, you can complete the census online.
Don't have a computer?
Contact the U.S. Census Bureau for support. Customer Service Representatives are available every day from 7 am to 2 am EST on the following phone lines:
  • English: (844) 330-2020
  • Spanish: (844) 468-2020
  • TDD number: (844) 467-2020
Still have concerns about the security of your data?
Read How the Census Bureau Protects your Data .
Want to know more about the Census in Michigan?
Go to Quick Facts Michigan to gain an understanding on the statistics such as population, population characteristics, health, education, family and living arrangements as well as other statistics.
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