Women’s Center Encourages Voting
Here at the Women’s Center, we want to encourage everyone to vote.
This November, the voters of Alger and Marquette County will have the opportunity to vote for candidates at the federal, state, and local levels. Additionally, Michigan voters will have the ability to make their voices heard on statewide ballot referendums as well as local millage requests.
The Women’s Center is on the frontlines and understands how different policies affect domestic violence survivors in many ways. We urge you to take a look at the candidates running for office and vote for those who support the initiatives that will help domestic violence survivors in Marquette and Alger counties.
Legislation Affects Domestic Violence Survivors
Here are a few of the issues that affect the Women’s Center and the people we serve:
- Economic Security Concerns including:
- Equal Pay
- Paid Maternity Leave
- Paid Family Leave
- Paid Medical Leave
- Affordable Health Care
- Liveable Wages
- Affordable Childcare
- Gun Violence
- Especially measures that close loopholes for abusers to possess or obtain firearms
- Ongoing Support of mFederal Legislation particularly:
Thank you for considering these issues as you vote this year.
Voting Absentee Is Easy
If you are not able to be in town or will have difficulty getting to a polling place on November 6, please utilize absentee ballot voting. It really is quite easy.
Just stop by your city or township clerk’s office during normal business hours and ask for an absentee voter ballot application. Or you can request an absentee ballot application by mail at https://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633_8716_8728-21037–,00.html
You will have to name one of six reasons in order to vote absentee. Here are the reasons that are listed:
- Age 60 or older
- Unable to vote without assistance at the polls
- Expecting to be out of town on election day
- In jail awaiting arraignment or trial
- Unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons
- Appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence
If you choose to get your ballot at your clerk’s office, you will have the option to fill it out there, in private, and return it to the clerk immediately. Or, you may take it home and return it to the office, either in person or by mail.
The ballot must be received by 8 pm on election day to be counted. You must be a registered voter to receive an absentee ballot.
Thank You For Voting
We thank you for your continued support of the Women’s Center’s mission through your donations, shopping at Pak Ratz resale shop, continued prayers, and your participation in this year’s voting process.
If you know someone who is in need of our services, please let them know we can help. Do not hesitate to have them call us at (906) 225-1346.