There are 28 days left before the Michigan Presidential Primary.
Turn out is key in every election, and that’s the case in this year’s primary as well.
A strong turnout in the Democratic race will send a message that Michigan Democrats are energized and ready to defend our freedoms and our democracy.
Of course, that 28 days is until Election Day itself - the day for in person voting at your local polling place. But as we outlined in our January 9th newsletter, because of the passage of Prop 2 in 2022 (and the actions to implement it by the state legislature) this year’s primary will be the first in Michigan to offer in-person Early Voting, along with other changes.
Below are key dates and resources to be aware of for the Presidential Primary.
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REGISTERING TO VOTE
You can register to vote online or by mail until February 12th. (To register by mail, you can find contact information for your local Clerk here.)
You can register to vote in person at any time, but starting February 13th email and online options are not available for the Presidential Primary, and registration MUST be in person. You must bring proof of residency with you when you register. In person voter registration is available at any time up until 8 PM Election Day. You can find more information about registering in person here.
If you are already registered to vote absentee, you should have received your absentee ballot by January 18th.
If you are not registered to vote absentee, you have until February 23 at 5 PM to apply for an absentee ballot online or by mail. (To request an absentee ballot by mail, you can find contact information for your local Clerk here.)
You can request an absentee ballot in person at your local clerk’s office until 4 PM on February 26th.
More information on absentee voting (which is available to any Michigan voter) can be found here.
Early in-person voting runs from February 17th until February 25th. The Early Voting Site for all Houghton County voters will be at Houghton City Center, 616 Shelden Avenue, Room 203, Houghton. (The site is accessible with an elevator.)
Governor Whitmer set forth her 2024 agenda for Michigan in her State of the State address last Wednesday.
With all the accomplishments of the last year, and an evenly divided state House until special elections this Spring, it’s not surprising that the Governor’s agenda seems more targeted and less revolutionary than last year.
In her address the Governor outlined her vision for a brighter future for Michigan, with overall goals to lower costs for Michiganders, improve education, and help anyone “make it in Michigan”.
Proposals for lowering costs include a MI Vehicle Rebate: $1,000 rebate for cars and $2,000 for electric vehicles. If assembled by a union, an extra $500—a total of up to $2,500 off at the point-of-sale. She also proposed the largest investment to build housing in state history, totaling almost $1.4 billion to build or rehabilitate nearly 10,000 homes. Finally, there is the Caring for MI Family Tax Credit, This proposal could save thousands of Michigan families up to $5,000 on their taxes, by allowing people to write off expenses related to caregiving for parents or children with long-term care needs.
In education the Governor proposes Pre-K free for all Michiganders under the age of 4, two years ahead of today’s allowance. She also wants to pursue two years of community college free for those pursuing associate’s degrees or skills certificates, a savings of about $4,000 per student.
Finally, there are the business-friendly proposals designed to help businesses and their employees “Make it in Michigan”. They include an R&D tax credit, lower payroll taxes for small businesses, an Innovation Fund to assist start-up businesses, and “renaissance zones” targeted at creating jobs in areas of the state that have been left out or left behind.
Video of the full State of the State address can be found on the Governor’s YouTube account, and a transcript of the address can be found on Michigan.gov.
At a United Auto Worker conference last Wednesday the union’s president Shawn Fain announced the union’s endorsement of President Joe Biden. When Fain became the union’s president last year he and the union leadership made it clear that going forward endorsements from the union must be earned.
In announcing the endorsement Fain said: “…this choice is clear. Joe Biden bet on the American worker, while Donald Trump blamed the American worker. We need to know who’s going to sit in the most powerful seat in the world and help us win as a united working class. So if our endorsements must be earned, Joe Biden has earned it.” This was followed by video clips showing President Biden on the picket line this past summer as the UAW struck the Big Three automakers.
Fain appeared on Sunday on CBS’ Face the Nation show, and it’s a clip from that show that appears in our meme this week. Fain explained why the union chose to endorse Biden, beginnning by saying “I can’t fathom any union would support Donald Trump for President. Let’s be real...”
Our meme this week is from the Threads account “bidenharrishq” This account belongs to the rapid response team on the President’s campaign. If you are on social media and you aren’t following “bidenharrishq” you really should. They come up with some amazing stuff to bolster the campaign’s messaging.
Click through on the Threads post below to take a listen to Fain discussing why the UAW’s choice to endorse Biden was so clear.