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GET OUT AND VOTE: Claim Your Voice, Cast Your

On Election Day, every citizen in America over the age of 18 has the right and the responsibility to vote.  The ability to vote is the cornerstone of any democracy, and it provides each of us with the opportunity to advocate for the future we envision for our country.

Be an advocate for yourself and your fellow Americans – pledge to vote in November and encourage others to vote as well.

To register to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen and reside in the city or township where you are applying to register.  You can register at the city or township clerk’s office where you live, any Secretary of State office, the Oakland County clerk Election Division or by mail.  The first step to cast your vote in 2012 is to make sure that you are a registered voter by Oct. 9, 2012.  If you want to check and see if you are already registered, visit www.Michigan.gov/vote.

If you have a disability or certain other barriers that make it difficult for you to get to the polls, absentee voting may be an option for you. Absentee ballots are available for registered voters who are:

  • 60 years or older
  • Unable to vote without assistance because of a disability
  • Expecting to be out of town on election day
  • In jail, awaiting trial or arraignment
  • Unable to attend the polls for religious reasons
  • Appointed to work as an election inspector outside of their precinct residence.

Absentee voter ballots, mail-in registration forms, and a list of city or township clerks are available at www.Michigan.gov/vote. Ballots are also available at your local clerk’s office.

If you can get to the polls, be aware that Federal and state laws require polling places to make accommodations for any barriers that prevent voters with disabilities from voting, including providing accessible doorways, alternatives to stairs, adequate lighting and at least one voting station that enables a person to vote while seated. Accessible machines called AutoMARK are also available for persons with disabilities.  These machines feature a large flip-up screen and headphones.  If you will require assistance at the polls, call the clerk’s office in advance and notify them of your special needs.  If your precinct is not accessible, you will be directed to an alternative site.

For more information about your right to vote, visit www.occmha.org or find them on Facebook and Twitter.