Election 2018 - MI Vote Matters
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 2018 election, the MHA will keep 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 for November general election: Tuesday, Oct. 9
- Deadline for requesting absentees ballot from local clerks: 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3
- Election Day: Tuesday, Nov. 6
MHA 2018 Election Materials — Now available for ordering
Complimentary copies of the following materials are available to MHA members by request — simply complete and submit the 2018 MHA Election Materials request form. While there is no limit to the quantity you may request, we do ask that you allow five working days for order processing.
MI Vote Matters Brochure
Geared toward patients, families, visitors and staff, this brochure provides basic election information and tips for identifying healthcare champions.
MI Vote Matters Table Tent
Designed for tabletop display in cafeterias, waiting rooms and other public areas. Three-sided and prescored for easy assembly.
2018 General Election Candidate List
A list of all state-level candidates by office and district. NOTE: Based on a federal court ruling, the 2018 general election ballot in Michigan will not provide voters with the option of straight-ticket voting. This means that voters will need to individually mark every candidate they wish to elect in each partisan race, rather than filling in one mark on the ballot for all candidates of one political party.
2018 Michigan Ballot Proposals
The following proposals will appear on the November ballot.
- Proposal 1 — Marijuana Legalization: Legalizes the recreational use of marijuana.
- Proposal 2 — Redistricting: Transfers the authority for drawing Michigan’s legislative and congressional districts from the state Legislature (and party in power at the time) to an independent commission made up of randomly selected registered voters.
- Proposal 3 — Voter Access: Allows no-reason absentee voting, same-day voter registration on election day and straight-ticket voting in a partisan general election.
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.
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
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.