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 voting 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.
- Access August primary election results through the Michigan Department of State elections webpage.
- Special general elections to fill the vacancies in the 15th, 36th, 43rd and 74th Districts of the Michigan House of Representatives were held May 3, 2022. The new representatives elected are Democrats Jeffrey Pepper in the 15th and Carol Glanville in the 74th, and Republicans Terence Mekoski in the 36th and Mark Harris in the 43rd. The vacancies replace former Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn), former Rep. Doug Wozniak (R-Shelby Township), former Rep. Mark Huizenga (R-Walker) and the late Andrea Schroeder. Both Wozniak and Huizenga currently serve in the Michigan Senate, while Hammoud is the mayor of Dearborn. Each representative will complete the current term that expires Dec. 31, 2022.
Important 2022 Dates
- Sept. 29, 2022: Voting early in person by absentee ballot begins at a clerk’s office.
- Oct. 24, 2022: Last day to register to vote online.
- Nov. 8, 2022: General Election.
- Nov. 8, 2022: Register to vote in person at your clerk’s office by 8 p.m.
- Nov. 8, 2022: Return absentee ballots to the designated drop box or local clerk’s office by 8 p.m.
2022 General Election Candidates
- A list of all general election candidates by office and district.
Michigan Redistricting Information
- The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission website offers extensive information and maps guiding interested parties through the results of the legislative redistricting process.
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.
Health PAC supports hospital and healthcare-friendly candidates for office and helps inform legislators about crucial healthcare issues.
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.
- Ballot Proposals – Members may visit michigan.gov/vote to track ballot proposals.
- Michigan Election Coalition
- Michigan Department of State – Elections in Michigan page
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.