MI Vote Matters | Nov. 3, 2020
Every year, elected officials cast votes on issues that affect thousands of Michigan residents’ health and access to care and the hospitals and providers who serve our communities. That's why your vote is so critical to a healthier future for our state. Throughout the 2020 election, the MHA will keep its members and healthcare advocates apprised of election activity, candidates' positions on key healthcare issues and more.
- Access primary election results through the Michigan Department of State elections webpage.
- As a result of the Michigan Supreme Court declining to challenge the current policy, an absentee ballot must be received by the local clerk by 8 p.m. on Election Day for it to be counted.
- Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has sent all registered voters in Michigan an application to vote by mail in upcoming elections to help with social distancing. Voters can also apply online or download an application. This is just an application. It must be filled out and returned to receive an actual ballot. Voters may also permanently join the absentee voter list at Michigan.gov/Vote.
Important 2020 Dates
- Sept. 29, 2020: Presidential debate at 9 p.m.
- Oct. 7, 2020: Vice presidential debate at 9 p.m.
- Oct. 15, 2020: Presidential debate at 9 p.m.
- Oct. 22, 2020: Presidential debate at 9 p.m.
- Nov. 3, 2020: General Election
A list of all general election candidates by office and district.
Changes to Michigan Voting Laws
The passage of the state constitutional amendment, Promote the Vote Ballot Proposal in November 2018, allows all registered voters to vote by mail (no reason absentee ballot) and allows citizens to register to vote up to and on Election Day at their local clerk’s office. Learn more.
2020 Michigan Ballot Proposals
The following will appear on the November ballot.
- Natural Resources Trust Fund Spending: Amend the state Constitution to provide more flexibility in how revenue from oil, gas and mineral state-land lease royalties are allocated for environmental protection, the development and maintenance of parks, nature areas, and public recreation facilities.
- Electronic Communications Data Protections: Add protections into the state Constitution which requires a search warrant in order to access a person's electronic data or electronic communications.
MHA Election Member Resources Available
Members can request complimentary copies of MI Vote Matters informational posters and the 2020 MHA Candidate Guide through an online order form.
MHA Virtual Member Forum: How Michigan and Healthcare Fit into the 2020 Election
David Wasserman, house editor for The Cook Political Report, will share his observations on the 2020 election and political candidates’ positions on healthcare at a virtual MHA member forum from 11 a.m. to noon EDT Sept. 23. Members should register online no later than Sept. 21 to participate in this free event.
Health PAC supports hospital and healthcare-friendly candidates for office and helps inform legislators about crucial healthcare issues.
MHA Social Media Pages
The MHA Twitter and Facebook pages feature regular updates on election activity.
MHA Legislative Action Center
The MHA Legislative Action Center allows healthcare advocates to search for all legislative representatives in their district, obtain detailed contact information for those individuals, and allows for fast, easy messaging to office-holders.
Michigan Redistricting Information
Every 10 years following the U.S. Census, district lines for political offices must be redrawn in states across the country to accurately reflect their population. In November 2018, Michigan voters passed a constitutional amendment that created a commission of randomly selected citizens to draw U.S. Congressional and Michigan State legislative district lines. Learn more about the Citizens Redistricting Commission.
Members with questions should contact the MHA Advocacy division at (517) 703-8601.
Important Legal Information for Michigan Hospitals: IRS regulations prohibit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organizations from endorsing candidates for public office or engaging in political campaign activities or expenditures. The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that recognized a Constitutional right to independently advocate for or against a political candidate does not supersede IRS Regulations that continue to prohibit political activity by tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations. The prohibition against political activity applies to organizations, not individuals. Accordingly, employees, officers and officials of tax-exempt organizations may engage in political activity if they are acting in their individual capacities and do not in any way utilize the organization’s financial resources, other resources (such as e-mail or newsletters), facilities, or personnel, and clearly and unambiguously indicate that the actions taken or the statements made are those of the individual and not of the organization. For more information, refer to the Election Activities and 501 (C)(3) Hospitals document. These statements are offered for informational purposes only and should not be relied on as legal advice.