To our Michigan family,
In preparation for the midterm election on November 8, we have prepared the following state voter guide to help you navigate and prepare for Election Day: where to vote; how to vote; and what’s on your ballot. We hope you find this guide helpful!
Please use this guide and share it with people who need it. An educated voter is a smart voter! Vote Smart!
Election Guide 2022:
Voter Registration Information:
Need to get registered, request an absentee ballot, or find your local polling place? All of that information and more can be found here: https://justfacts.votesmart.org/elections/voter-registration/MI
Need to contact your local election office for questions about your registration, ballot, polling place, or any other elections question? Find all their contact information here: https://justfacts.votesmart.org/elections/offices/MI
Congressional Elections: 13 seats for the U.S. House of Representatives and zero seats for the U.S. Senate are up for election this year. See all the candidates running in these elections here:
Notable races include:
State Legislature Elections: 110 seats for the Michigan House of Representatives and 38 seats for the Michigan Senate are up for election this year. See all the candidates running in these elections here:
Statewide Elections: Offices for Attorney General, Secretary of State, and State Board of Education are up for election this year. See all the candidates running in these elections here:
State Judicial Elections: two justices are up for election this year from the Michigan Supreme Court. See all the candidates running in these elections here:
Here are the statewide ballot measures appearing on your November ballot:
Michigan Right to Reproductive Freedom Initiative: The ballot initiative would provide for a state constitutional right to reproductive freedom. The term reproductive freedom would be defined as "the right to make and effectuate decisions about all matters relating to pregnancy, including but not limited to prenatal care, childbirth, postpartum care, contraception, sterilization, abortion care, miscarriage management, and infertility care." The ballot initiative would provide that the state can regulate abortion after fetal viability, except that the state could not ban the use of abortion to "protect the life or physical or mental health of the pregnant individual," as determined by an attending health care professional.
Michigan Right to Voting Policies Amendment: The initiative would amend the Michigan Constitution to provide voters with the right to vote without harassment, interference, or intimidation. It would also guarantee that military and overseas ballots postmarked by election day are counted. It would require a photo ID or a signed affidavit to vote. It would authorize voters to drop off absentee ballots at drop boxes. It would allow nine days of early voting and require public disclosure of donations from private entities that were used to pay for elections or audits.
Michigan Legislative Term Limits and Financial Disclosure Amendment: House Joint Resolution R would amend the state constitution to provide that a person cannot be elected as a state legislator for terms or partial terms totaling more than 12 years, no matter whether they are served in the House or in the Senate. (Currently, a person cannot be elected more than three times as a state representative and more than two times as a state senator.) HJR R also would require certain state elected officials to file an annual financial disclosure report containing specified information (including income, assets, liabilities, gifts, and other positions held). If adopted by a two-thirds majority of each house, the constitutional amendment would appear on the ballot at the next general election. HJR R is similar, but not identical, to a petition for a constitutional amendment that is now circulating and will be placed on the ballot if it gets 425,049 valid signatures by July 11, 2022.
See the full list of all 2022 national statewide ballot measures here: https://justfacts.votesmart.org/elections/ballot-measures/2022
Happy Election Season!
The Vote Smart Team