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May, 5, 2015 Ballot Proposal Slides and Handout

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Press Release

Members of the League of Women Voters Leelanau County (LWVLC) have begun to accompany Leelanau County Clerk's Office staff to the six county high schools in a joint effort to register students who will be 18 by upcoming elections. Voter registration took place on May 2 at Leland, May 6 at Suttons Bay, May 7 at Glen Lake and May 8 at Northport. St. Mary's and the Leelanau School will be visited before the end of May. Statistics from the 2012 election in Leelanau County verify that the percentage of voters in the 18-25 age group is much lower than any other age category.

The League members conduct a 15 minute presentation in select classrooms and present a packet of voter information to each student. The League of Women Voters does not endorse candidates or political parties but seeks to promote active participation in the voting process. A County Clerk staff member is on hand to receive filled out registration forms. The informational packet is in both English and Spanish and highlights the following for these first time voters:

The primary election is August 5th. The last day to register to vote in this election is July 7. The general election is November 4. The last day to register for this election is October 6. First time voters registering by mail or on-line must appear in person to vote in their first election. A registration form personally hand-delivered to the County Clerk's Office or township clerk's office would allow a person to vote by absentee ballot. Personal delivery of your voter registration is especially important for first time voters who will be voting in Leelanau elections by absentee ballot while away at college. One must bring a current photo ID to register (driver's license, passport, high school or accredited college ID, tribal ID, military ID or a federal or state government issued ID). An absentee voter ballot may be requested in person from the clerk of the city or township where you are registered to vote up to the day preceding the election. Requests to have absentee voter ballots mailed must be received by the county or township clerk no later than 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election. After receiving an absentee voter ballot, one has until 8 p.m. on Election Day to complete the ballot and return it to the clerk's office. Absentee ballots are counted on Election Day along with all ballots cast at the polls.

This voter registration effort was facilitated by a $500 grant to the LWVLC from the League of Women Voters United States Education Fund. The LWVLC also plans to conduct candidate forums closer to election time.

League members participating in the registration efforts are Chris Palmer, BJ Christensen, Jacquie Johnson, Christi Bardenhagen, Fran Eckerson, Vina Mikesell and Marian Kromkowski.

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Photo from Leland School May 2 attached: Lydia Gulow; top left: Noa Yaakobi; bottom right: Heather Burns and top right: Caitlin McKee.