Today was fairly quiet at the Community Media Lab, which was actually great for me because fellow government reporter Sean Dalton and I have been spending the last month getting election coverage rolling.
We’ve sent out questionnaires to each candidate in all of the elections in Washtenaw County (around 300, including townships!). As the deadline for submission came and went, we found ourselves with less than we anticipated. So we extended the deadline and began going through each of the questionnaires we already had.
As I was (and still am) working on this, I can’t help but to think how awfully confusing election years can be, especially for those who aren’t heavily involved in politics. So I’d like to share one resource with you all that will help you sort out who’s vying for what and when and who you’re voting for in the August primaries.
Michigan.gov/Voter is especially helpful at figuring everything out. On there you can look up if you’re registered, find where you need to vote, what’s on the upcoming ballot and who’s running for what by simply plugging in your name, birth month and zip code.
It’s nice to have a comprehensive place to find information like this. The website also features information on absentee ballots, finding your local clerk, statewide ballot issues and volunteering. Definitely a helpful tool during election season, journalist or not. Now you have no excuse not to vote!
Remember, I’m stationed in the Community Media Lab from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Monday. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @kgjestland.