Monday August 06, 2012
Get Out and Vote: Michigan Primary Election Tomorrow
Michigan voters – are you ready to make an impact? The Michigan primary election is tomorrow, Tuesday August 7th, and re-districting in Michigan means that it has never been more important that you, as an Arab American, make your voice heard.
New electoral districts approved by the U.S. Department of Justice in January mean that even popular incumbents like Rep. John Conyers and Rep. Hansen Clarke of Detroit are running close races, and that every vote will count in tomorrow’s primary. Michigan voters will face a host of tough decisions tomorrow, including Republicans who must choose either former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, Detroit charter school executive Clark Durant or former Kent County Judge Randy Hekman as an opponent for Senator Debbie Stabenow in November.
Some voting rights activists have claimed that the new districts weaken minority votes in many areas of Detroit and its suburbs. Michigan State Representative and Arab American Rashida Tlaib said that the new re-districting “dilutes the Latino vote to the point where I'm seriously worried there will not be one state House seat that will be the voice for the growing Latino community in Michigan.” Tlaib is also vying for a new district seat – Michigan’s 6th district – and is in a very tight race against fellow incumbent Maureen Stapleton.
The primary election is tomorrow between the hours of 7:00 A.M. and 8:00 P.M. (please note that polling places tend to be less busy mid-afternoon and mid-morning). Please remember to bring either your voter registration card or a valid ID to your polling place. For a list of valid IDs, click here.
Not sure if you're registered to vote? Check here. Please make sure your voter information, including address, is updated.
Not sure where your polling place is located? Click here to find out.
You can view the entire list of this year's congressional election candidates on the ballot, by clicking here.
It is too late to participate in tomorrow's primary if you have not yet registered to vote. Click here to fill out a registration form so you will be able to vote in the general election on November 6th.
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