THE POWER IS IN US
INTEGRATED VOTER ENGAGEMENT
MV’s successful year-round voter engagement programming ensured that there was no loss of momentum between elections. In 2022, 55 partner organizations executed field programs. Our partners held over 400 voter registration events, registered nearly 9,500 voters, and canvassed over 685,000 voters ahead
of the November 2022 Election.
VOTING RIGHTS & ELECTION PROTECTION
In 2022, we executed a massive Voting Rights and Election Protection Program for both the August primary and the November general election. The program spanned 8 months, covered over 30 cities across the state, and included 40 partner organizations. Our partners recruited and placed over 580 volunteers statewide to cover over 500 polling locations and over 1,000 precincts.
Seeing the writing on the wall with the rightward lurching of the Supreme Court, Michigan Voices, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, and the ACLU of Michigan formed the Michigan Reproductive Freedom for All coalition in 2021. We saw Proposal 3, which sought to codify abortion rights in Michigan, from beginning to end. Along with our partners, we collected hundreds of thousands of signatures in 2021 to get the measure on the ballot. In 2022 we educated voters and got out the vote. Proposal 3 passed with 57% of the vote.
In 2021, the Michigan Voices Democracy Department’s staff played an integral role in the redistricting process by closely monitoring the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission through their year-long map-drawing process. Our Democracy Workgroup partners engaged with MICRC right up until they approved the final maps. On multiple occasions, the MICRC changed course and edited their maps in real-time, directly impacted by our partners’ public comments.
In 2021 Michigan Voices administered a $1 million grant from US Health Resources & Services Administration to six partners with
the goal of reducing vaccine hesitancy and increasing vaccination rates.
The Voices for Vaccines program targeted BIPOC-dense communities with low vaccination rates who are medically underserved with the message that the
COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and free.