Voting by mail has been championed — rightly, experts say — as the safest way to participate in the 2020 election while the nation remains under threat from the coronavirus. However, voting by mail disproportionately disenfranchises voters of color.
In a surprising move last week, the US Census Bureau announced that the will cut short the door-to-door efforts at the end of September instead of the end of October. This has implications for the integrity of the entire project, but especially in Michigan where we could lose $1800 of federal funds each year for each person that goes uncounted.
Since Election Day is only a few days away, it’s a great idea to drop off your ballot rather than mail it. Find your clerk! Go to Ballotpower.org or the Michigan Secretary of State’s office website to locate your clerk’s office.
Today’s Civics Lesson is on the United States House of Representatives. The United States Congress is made up of two houses, the House of Representatives and the Senate. Members of the House of Representatives are elected for two-year terms representing a specifics congressional district within a state. The number of congressional districts allocated to each state is based on populations measured by the US Census.
NEW! Civics Deck from Protectors of Equality in Government. As you review your ballot, you will find that one of our two Michigan Senate seats is open for election. In this first installment, we share what a United States Senator does.
As part of Ann Arbor’s Juneteenth Day Celebration, the zoom showing of Suppressed: The Right to Vote by the well-known documentarian Robert Greenwald demonstrates the way state governments can deprive blacks and other people of color from voting. Focusing on Georgia’s 2018 gubernatorial election, the movie testifies to the array of injustices that state deployed to deprive minorities of the right to vote.
Juneteenth is a holiday which commemorates the abolition of slavery on June 19, 1865. Though not yet a national holiday, every state except North Dakota, South Dakota, and Hawaii have some sort of Juneteenth celebration.
Learn about the new tool “Ballot Power” from the creators of Wave Michigan. Also find resources to get registered, vote from home, and encourage others to do the same.
Read these articles and the proposed legislation; contact your legislators. There must be accountability! Without accountability, nothing will ever change. Make sure your family and friends register to vote and actually vote. There are only a few months until November. Support the candidates that agree with your values now! Vote out those politicians that do not agree with your values.
A foundation of a functioning democracy is an informed, engaged public. Organizations such as the ACLU and Common Cause invite us to support their work to protect freedom of the press. Organizations such as ProtectPressFreedom.org – a coalition of journalists and press advocacy groups, in partnership with a wide range of major media organizations – encourages us to use social media to acknowledge threats, show support of the press and highlight great reporting. Journalists are there as representatives of the public, and if law enforcement is attacking them, they can’t do their job, and that hurts everybody.