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|Voter Rights Resource Page|
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:
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.
Current Laws - Priorities for Change
Voting With Disabilities
Voting and Homelessness
Voting and Domestic Violence
How can someone who's survived domestic violence keep their current address private?
Voting for Overseas and Military Voters
Voting for incarcerated or formerly incarcerated people
Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
Fair Election Legal Network (FELN)
League of Women Voters (LWV)
Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR)
Michigan Election Reform Alliance (MERA)
Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP)
Michigan Women’s Commission (MWC)
Rock the Vote