• Gary Woronchak

VOTERS: Here are all the online resources you could possibly want

Updated: Oct 9

With so many candidates and proposals packing the November 3 ballot, some preparation is likely necessary for Dearborn voters who want to cast informed ballots. Fortunately, everything you need to get ready for the election can be found with a click or two. To make it easier to find these resources, I've put together a list that should cover just about everything on the ballot.

Let's start with the ballot itself. Thousands of absentee ballots are already in Dearborn voters' hands, but for the thousands of others who intend to vote in person at their neighborhood polling place, click HERE to see a sample ballot. (Note: The state representative race in precincts 3, 5 and 9 will be different than what's on this ballot.)

Arguably the most impactful race for Dearborn residents is the election for the Dearborn Board of Education, with four of seven board seats up for grabs at a time when schools across the country are grappling with how to educate our children in the era of Covid-19. Four candidates are running for one partial term (two years) and eight candidates are up for three full-term seats (six years).

You can hear from the school board candidates themselves in a Zoom-remote candidate forum held September 30 by the Dearborn Democratic Club. The hour and a half forum can be viewed by clicking HERE.

School board candidates are also featured in an online virtual forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Dearborn/Dearborn Heights. You can find the one hour, ten minute forum by clicking HERE.

The Yemeni American News has posted information about the school board candidates, which you can find by clicking HERE.

Candidates for school board and other local positions are part of the League of Women Voters of Dearborn/Dearborn Heights Voter Guide, which you can find (and even download) by clicking HERE. It is a 24-page document that includes local races in neighboring communities, so if you want to just zero in on the Dearborn school board race, find pages 14-19.

The League of Women Voters, of which I'm a member, is a national organization dedicated to voter education and involvement that was founded 100 years ago by leaders of the women's suffrage movement. Locally, Dearborn's League was formed in 1951, Dearborn Heights' in 1965, and the two merged in 1973.

The League of Women Voters of Michigan has published a guide for congressional and statewide races, along with two proposed amendments to the Michigan Constitution. That guide can be found by clicking HERE.

Also, the League offers a great online resource for voters at www.Vote411.org.

Here are some other useful links:

PROPERTY TAX PROPOSAL: There is a countywide property tax proposal on the ballot that provides funds for individual school districts. The ballot language is in the League of Women Voters of Dearborn/Dearborn Heights voter guide, but I wrote a more detailed look at the proposal, including how much it costs you, which you can find by clicking HERE.

STATE CONSTITUTION AMENDMENT PROPOSALS: The League of Women Voters state guide has information on the two proposals, but Ballotpedia also has useful information. For the page detailing Proposal 1 (Use of State and Local Parks Fund Amendment), click HERE. For information on Proposal 2 (Search Warrant for Electronic Data Amendment), click HERE.

TRACK YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT: The 20,000-plus Dearborn voters who requested absentee ballots can track their ballots by clicking HERE and entering the requested personal information. That will take you to a page that will show when your ballot was mailed to you, and after you return your ballot, this page will show when the city clerk has received your ballot so you'll know you votes are in place to be counted on Election Day. Absentee voters should make sure their ballot is received by November 3, and be aware that mail delivery has been inconsistent, so if you're within two weeks of the election, you could consider dropping off your ballot in the drop box at the Dearborn Administrative Center, 16901 Michigan Ave.

HOW TO VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT: I wrote a general overview of what you need to know in order to vote by absentee ballot, which you can find by clicking HERE.

ANY QUESTIONS? I can usually answer most questions about voting and elections (sometimes I double-check with City Clerk George Darany), so feel free to ask me questions by Facebook message by clicking HERE (please LIKE my page when you're there) or contact me with a message from this website by clicking HERE. Or, just send me an email at gary4county@aol.com

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