Election Day is Tuesday, November 6

Dear Member:

GEO’s involvement in electoral politics has varied throughout our forty-five-year history. For the most part the last decade there has been little to no involvement, beyond occasional voluntary canvassing efforts, and a brief uptick immediately prior to the passage of Right to Work legislation in Michigan in 2012. However, following increasing calls from the membership, this past year GEO distributed an online survey to gauge members’ current preferences for electoral involvement. Respondents overwhelmingly agreed that they would like to see GEO provide information on, and where relevant, endorsements for local races, especially those that would directly affect our members.

Election Resources:

  • Verify your Michigan registration, see a sample ballot, and find your polling location here
  • Tips for voters, including: 7-9am, 4-8pm are rush hours; there is no straight ticket voting option; don’t wear campaign apparel to the polls
  • Remember, if you are told your name is not on the registered voters list, you can ask for a Provisional Ballot
  • Ann Arbor Votes has information on candidates and ballot initiatives in Ann Arbor

GEO Endorsements:

Responding to member interest in GEO endorsements in local races, the GEO Stewards’ Council, composed of representatives from departments across the university, voted on the these endorsements following research and recommendations from the Electoral Action Committee (click on link to read our endorsement in full).

Candidates in General Election

  • University of Michigan Regent: Paul Brown (D)
  • Michigan Supreme Court: Samuel Bagenstos
  • Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners: Katie Scott (D)
  • Ypsilanti District Library Board: Kristy Cooper

Endorsed Ballot Initiatives

  • Proposal 18-1 Legalize Recreational Marijuana – YES
  • Proposal 18-2 Redistricting Commission – YES
  • Proposal 18-3 Voter Rights – YES

Endorsements by Our Parent Union and Labor Affiliates

You can also view the candidate endorsements by AFT (American Federation of Teachers) Michigan, our parent union, and the Huron Valley Area Labor Federation, of which GEO is a member.

Newsletter 11/2: Midterm Election Resources and Endorsements