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Informed Voting

Informed Voting

This guide is intended to help you be an informed voter. What does informed voting mean? It means that you are knowledgable about how to vote at the national and local level, what that process looks like, who the candidates are, what the major political issues are, and how to evaluate reliable and misinformation about candidates and issues.

This guide will walk you through how to vote, what there is to vote on in the August 4th primary, and how to evaluate information related to voting.


Important Dates

August 4th, 2020 - Primary Election. Primary elections are conducted to select each party’s candidates in the General Election. Some areas in Michigan may also be voting on proposals.

Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot:
In-Person Request by Mon Aug 3, 2020 4:00PM EDT

Deadline to Return Completed Absentee Ballot:
Received by Tue Aug 4, 2020 8:00PM EDT

November 3rd, 2020 - General Election. This is a national election that includes voting for president.

Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot:
Received by Fri Oct 30, 2020 5:00PM EDT

Deadline to Return Completed Absentee Ballot:
Received by Tue Nov 3, 2020 8:00PM EST

*Absentee information provided by Rock the Vote Election Deadlines

Turbo Vote

TurboVote is a resource provided by UM-Dearborn that provides you with information on when elections are happening, walks you through the registration process, applying for your absentee ballot and sending you election reminders!

Guide Creators

The information for this guide was primarily compiled by Library Student Assistants Najla Boatwright, Ruby Jewell, Haley Leleniewski,  Amina Mustafa, and Bethany McQuiston along with FYE Librarian Sophia McFadden-Keesling and User Services Supervisor Anna Granch.

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