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After several meetings of interested faculty, a strategy for a cross-program advocacy project involving as many Michigan social work students as possible has been initiated.  We hope faculty from all social work programs will contribute advocacy projects with students in classes or through student groups.  This advocacy project will focus on voter access as decided at the last faculty policy meeting (held before each semester).  Several schools have already agreed they will be involved. 

 

Voter access was chosen because

 

·      it is an issue affecting students;

·      it is an issue of social justice;

·      it is not expected to be a matter of controversy;

·      it is currently particularly relevant with the presidential election on the horizon;

·      and a coordinated effort on the part of our students could lead to policy change.

 

You are invited and encouraged to participate in this advocacy project in some way.  Some programs intend to incorporate this into class projects.  Others have discussed involving student groups. 

 

The 2015 Voting Rights Legislative Priorities are outlined here. These were developed by voter advocacy groups with whom the NASW-Michigan is collaborating (The other organizations are also good resources for programs/students). 

 

Some of the initiatives seem more likely to succeed, given support from some elected officials such as the Secretary of State.  Others would more directly benefit our students or currently disenfranchised populations.  There is also the option of targeting advocacy efforts at local clerks. It will be up to individuals involved to decide which policy area to target. The idea is to focus on civic engagement and voter access. 

 

The NASW can provide many resources, including our lobbyist, and is willing to assist with communication among faculty who participate. The resources on this page are intended to facilitate advocacy efforts. NASW can offer additional support such as assistance in:

 

  • identifying legislation/legislators to target
  • setting up meetings 
  • coordinating efforts between schools
  • identifying speakers

 

You know as well as anyone:  the more people involved, the stronger the advocacy effort.  We believe we can change policy in Michigan, expanding voter access and increasing voter participation among college students.  Please help us!

 

This page is intended to be used as a resource for faculty and students from all Michigan schools of social work. Please contact Allan Wachendorfer, Director of Public Policy, at: policy@nasw-michigan if you have questions or suggestions. Check back periodically as we will be updating this site frequently.

 

  

Guides:

  • Michigan Voting Guide - Registration deadlines, registration forms, requirements for registering, requirements for voting, voting locations, options for voting. Available in PDF format. 
  • Michigan Student Voting Guide - Campus Vote Project - Same as above but specific to students and the special circumstances students may face in voting, including registering at home or school and the impact of registering on financial aid or scholarships. 

  

Current Laws - Priorities for Change

 

  • What Bills have been introduced in Michigan? - This document lists several bills that have been introduced in Michigan that fit with the legislative priorities of NASW - Michigan. Also listed are the committee members for the Senate and House Elections Committees. Each highlighted link will take you to a bill analysis or contact information for a committee member. 

 

Resources:


Voting With Disabilities

Voting and Homelessness 

Voting and Domestic Violence

How can someone who's survived domestic violence keep their current address private?

  • National Network to End Domestic Violence: Survivor Privacy
  • For more information on  Confidential Voter Listings in your state contact your local elections officials.

 Voting for Overseas and Military Voters

Voting for incarcerated or formerly incarcerated people

  • In Michigan, an incarcerated person cannot vote. However, once they are released their voting rights are restored. 

 

Forms:

 

Organizations: 

 

ACCESS

https://www.accesscommunity.org/

 

ACLU

https://www.aclu.org/

 

ADC

http://www.adc.org/

 

America Votes

http://www.americavotes.org/

 

Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

http://www.adl.org/

 

Equality Michigan

https://www.equalitymi.org/

 

Fair Election Legal Network (FELN)

http://fairelectionsnetwork.com/

 

League of Women Voters (LWV)

http://lwv.org/content/voting-rights

 

Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR)

http://www.michigan.gov/mdcr

 

Michigan Election Reform Alliance (MERA)

http://www.michiganelectionreformalliance.org/mission.shtml

 

Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP)

http://www.mlpp.org/

 

Michigan Women’s Commission (MWC)

http://www.michigan.gov/mwc

 

NAACP

http://www.naacp.org/

 

NABSW

http://nabsw.org/

 

OLAS

 

Progress Michigan

http://www.progressmichigan.org/

 

Project Vote

http://www.projectvote.org/

 

Rock the Vote

http://www.rockthevote.com/

 

 

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