Election 2018 - Your Vote is Vital
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. The MHA keeps its members and healthcare advocates apprised of election activity, candidates' positions on key healthcare issues and more.
Election 2018: Important Dates to Remember
- Last day to register to participate in Michigan's August primary: Monday, July 9
- Michigan Primary Election: Tuesday, Aug. 7
- Last day to register for November general election: Tuesday, Oct. 9
- Deadline for requesting absentees ballot from local clerks: 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3
- Election Day: Tuesday, Nov. 6
Emergency Absentee Ballots
Emergency absentee ballots may be requested from a local clerk's office in the event of an unplanned situation, such as a sudden illness, hospitalization or family death. Emergency absentee ballots are available by request until 4 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.
MHA 2018 Election Materials
As a service to our member hospitals during election years, the MHA makes available a series of nonpartisan communication tools designed to encourage voter education and participation. These resources are typically made available to members in late August/early September. Please check this page for updates around that time.
- Health PAC supports hospital and health-care-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
- The Secretary of State website offers extensive information and maps guiding interested parties through the results of the 2011 legislative redistricting process.
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.