Election Day Only a Month Away

The League of Women Voters Voter Outreach Center is open from 1:00-6:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, for walk-in or phone assistance with voting issues or to pick up informational brochures.

The Voter Outreach Center is located in the Flint Development Center, 4121 Martin Luther King Avenue, Flint. The office phone is 810-766-9772, and email is LWVflintarea@gmail.com

Coordinating with Communities First, the League has recorded virtual forums for the 27th Senate District and the 69th State House District.

These are now available to watch online, will also be shown in The Voter Outreach Center on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.

Also recorded  are interviews with Flint School Board candidates.

Thirteen out of fifteen candidates responded to our invitation, and twelve recorded interviews.

Too often, voters are at a loss on this race, so they don’t vote that section, or vote randomly. The hope is that these interviews help inform voter’s choices.

These will be posted soon and be available to view in the Center.

Workshops at the Center have included Voting: Start to Finish with Inez Brown that included “behind the scenes“ information on how elections officials safeguard the the voting process and results.

Avoiding Cons and Scams pointed out how to recognize a con, whether commercial, personal or political.

Another workshop, What’s Your Issue? With Darren Bagley, civic educator from MSUE, worked on what impacts our decisions about our positions on issues and how additional information can change that.

Your Community as an Economic Organism  with Bobbie Walton examined the connections between community economics and politics.

What’s Your District? provided new maps and guidance to find out new districts.

Recognizing Mis- and Dis- Information  looked at how to sort fact from fiction in political discourse, and…

What’s the Meaning of This! looked at the misuse and overuse of words that trigger emotional reactions in social and political discourse.

These workshops will be scheduled again in October, if there is enough interest. Call the office for further information.

Poll Watcher training, also referred to as Poll Monitor or Poll Observer, is scheduled in October. Sign up for a single 1 ½ hour training in early or late afternoon on Tuesday, October 25 or Thursday, October 27.

A refresher course for previous poll watchers will be on November 3. Poll Watchers are witnesses to what happens in a precinct and this is important to protecting voter rights. Please call to sign up: 810-766-9772

What’s on the Ballot?

In addition to the Mayoral race in Flint pitting former Mayor Karen Weaver seeking to return to office against current Mayor Sheldon Neeley there are a number of candidates and issues that will appear on the General Election Ballot on November 8.

Flint Mayor:

Incumbent Mayor: Sheldon Neeley
Challenger: Dr. Karen Weaver


Gretchen Whitmer (Incumbent)
Democratic Party
Garlin Gilchrist II (Running mate)

Tudor Dixon
Republican Party
Shane Hernandez (Running mate)

Kevin Hogan
Green Party
Destiny Clayton (Running mate)

Mary Buzuma
Libertarian Party
Brian Ellison (Running mate)

Daryl Simpson
Natural Law Party
Doug Dern (Running mate)

Donna Brandenburg
U.S. Taxpayers Party
Mellissa Carone (Running mate)

Attorney General:

Dana Nessel (Incumbent)
Democratic Party

Matthew DePerno
Republican Party

Joe McHugh
Libertarian Party

Gerald T. Van Sickle
U.S. Taxpayers Party

Secretary of State:

Jocelyn Benson (Incumbent)
Democratic Party

Kristina Karamo
Republican Party

Larry Hutchinson Jr.
Green Party

Gregory Stempfle
Libertarian Party

Christine Schwartz
U.S. Taxpayers Party

Michigan Supreme Court:

Vote for two

Richard Bernstein (Incumbent)

Brian Zahra (Incumbent)

Kyra Harris Bolden

Paul Hudson

Kerry Lee Morgan

U.S. House of Representatives Michigan Dist. 8:

Dan Kildee (Incumbent)
Democratic Party

Paul Junge
Republican Party

David Canny
Libertarian Party

Kathy Goodwin
Working Class Party

Michigan State Senate District 27:

John Cherry
Democratic Party

Aaron R. Gardner
Republican Party

Michigan House, District 70:

Cynthia Neeley (Incumbent)
Democratic Party

Tim Butler
Republican Party

Michigan 2nd District Court of Appeals:

(Incumbent seat)  

Colleen O’Brien (Incumbent)

(Incumbent seat) (special election)

Sima Patel (Incumbent)

Michael D. Warren Jr.

Additionally there are three Michigan Constitutional Amendment proposals on the ballot. Proposals 2 and 3 are citizen initiated and Proposal 1 has been proposed by the Michigan Legislature.  These require a “yes” or “no” vote.

Michigan Proposal 1, Legislative Term Limits and Financial Disclosure Amendment (2022)

“yes” vote supports this constitutional amendment to:

  • Change the term limits for state legislators from three 2-year terms (6 years) in the state House and two 4-year terms (8 years) in the state Senate to 12 combined years in the Legislature, and
  • Provide that elected state legislative and state executive officials must file annual financial disclosure reports on their income, assets, liabilities, gifts from lobbyists, positions held in certain organizations, and agreements on future employment.

“no” vote opposes this constitutional amendment, thus continuing the term limits requirement for state legislators of three 2-year terms (6 years) in the state House and two 4-year terms (8 years) in the state Senate.

Michigan Proposal 2, Right to Voting Policies Amendment (2022)

“yes” vote supports amending the Michigan Constitution to change voting policies in the state, including:

  • providing voters with the right to vote without harassment, interference, or intimidation
  • guaranteeing that military and overseas ballots postmarked by election day are counted
  • requiring a photo ID or a signed affidavit to vote
  • authorizing voters to drop off absentee ballots at drop boxes
  • allowing for nine days of early voting
  • requiring public disclosure of donations from private entities that were used to pay for elections or audits.

“no” vote opposes amending the Michigan Constitution to change voting policies in the state, including ALL of the bullet points above.

Michigan Proposal 3, Right to Reproductive Freedom Initiative (2022)

“yes” vote would support providing a state constitutional right to reproductive freedom, which is 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.”

“no” vote would oppose providing a state constitutional right to reproductive freedom, which is 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.”

Flint School Board

6 year term – Vote for 3

Linda K. Boose +

Claudia Perkins

Lakeisha Tureaud

Emily Doerr

Melody Relerford

Dylan Luna

Carol McIntosh +

Chris Del Morone +

Audrey Young


Four-year partial seat

Expires December 31, 2026   Vote for 1

Terae King Jr.

Donyele Darrough

Two Year partial seat

Expires December 31, 2024

Vote for 1

Michael Clack

Allen Gilbert +

Leslie Haney

Kasey Calvert

County Commission

1st District:

Bryant Nolden (Incumbent)
Democratic Party

Steven M. Cousino
Republican Party

2nd District:

Charles H. Winfrey (Incumbent)
Democratic Party

Lynette Robinson
Republican Party

3rd District:

Ellen Ellenburg (Incumbent)
Democratic Party

Nicholas Goyette
Republican Party

4th District:

Domonique Clemons (Incumbent)
Democratic Party

Amy Miller
Republican Party

Judge-7th Circuit 6-year position

Vote for not more than 2

Joseph J. Farah (Incumbent)

David J. Newblatt (Incumbent)

Non-incumbent seat

Vote for not more than 1

Mary Hood

Dawn M Weier

Michigan State Board of Education:

There are 2 seats up for election.

Pamela Pugh (Incumbent)
Democratic Party

Mitchell Robinson
Democratic Party

Tami Carlone
Republican Party

Linda Lee Tarver
Republican Party

Donna Gundle-Krieg
Libertarian Party

Bill Hall
Libertarian Party

Ethan Hobson
U.S. Taxpayers Party

Mary Anne Hering
Working Class Party

University of Michigan Board of Regents:

There are 2 seats up for election.

Michael Behm (Incumbent)
Democratic Party

Katherine White (Incumbent)
Democratic Party

Lena Epstein
Republican Party

Sevag Vartanian
Republican Party

Sherry A. Wells
Green Party

Eric Larson
Libertarian Party

Kathleen Oakford
Natural Law Party

Joe Sanger
U.S. Taxpayers Party

Michigan State University Board of Trustees:

There are 2 seats up for election.

Renee Knake Jefferson (Incumbent)
Democratic Party

Dennis Denno
Democratic Party

Mike Balow
Republican Party

Travis Menge
Republican Party

Robin Laurain
Green Party

Claranna Gelineau
Libertarian Party

Max Riekse
Libertarian Party

Wayne State University Board of Governors:

There are 2 seats up for election.

Marilyn Kelly (Incumbent)
Democratic Party

Danielle Atkinson
Democratic Party

Christa Murphy
Republican Party

Craig Wilsher
Republican Party

Susan Odgers
Green Party

Bruce Jaquays
Libertarian Party

Marc Joseph Sosnowski
U.S. Taxpayers Party

Accessible voting equipment is available in every Flint polling location. Precinct workers will assist in its use as needed.

To check your voter registration status or to register to vote: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/RegisterVoter

To apply for an absentee ballot online: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/AVApplication

You  are also able to apply for an absentee ballot at the City Clerk’s Office and/or VOTE absentee at the Clerk’s Office in City Hall during regular business hours.

Call (810) 766-7413 for more information.

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