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General information

Michigan was one of the states that Donald Trump flipped in 2016. We need to flip it back.

Michigan is also a must-win state for the U.S. Senate. Democratic Senator Gary Peters must win re-election against challenger John James.

Finally, Michigan also has important elections for its State Supreme Court. Although it is a nonpartisan election, we are supporting two candidates endorsed by the Democratic Party: Elizabeth Welch and Bridget Mary McCormack. The Michigan Supreme Court has recently been undermining Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s efforts to keep Michiganders safe during COVID-19, so these elections are very important right now.

Voter resources

Michigan Voter Assistance Hotline:

Michigan absentee voters who have not already returned their absentee ballot should hand deliver their ballot to a drop box or to their local clerk. Due to USPS delays, mailing a ballot back is no longer recommended. To find the nearest place to hand-deliver an absentee ballot, use

Michigan allows absentee voting without an excuse.

Due to COVID-19, every registered voter in Michigan is receiving an absentee ballot application. To get an absentee ballot, they must fill out and submit this request. It’s also possible to request an absentee ballot online — please direct the voter to Absentee ballots can be requested all the way through November 2nd (assuming that they are requested and picked up in-person, of course). Obviously voters would be well-advised to not procrastinate until then.

Michigan has many ballot drop boxes for voters. For the locations of these drop boxes, visit, select “Find voting or drop-off location”, and fill out the voter’s address and ZIP.

The conventional voter registration deadline was Monday, October 19 (registrations must have been postmarked by the deadline). After October 19th, and through Election Day, Michiganders can also register and vote in person same-day at their clerk’s office or additional satellite locations where available.

On Election Day (Nov 3), the polls are open until 8PM Central Time.

Additional Resources

Joe Biden talking points
Joe Biden

Joe Biden says we’re facing a serious threat that we have to fight together.

We need a president who will tell us the truth, who will take responsibility, and listen to medical experts. A president who will lead and be an example for the nation.

We have to do all we can to keep our families safe.

Joe says this crisis is a reminder that our country wasn’t built by Wall Street and CEOs, it was built by hardworking families, nurses, teachers and small businesses.

It’s time we raise wages to pay all working people a fair return on their work, create a fairer tax system, and ensure everyone and every child can access affordable, quality health care.


Joe Biden dice que nos enfrentamos a una seria amenaza contra la que tenemos que luchar juntos.

Necesitamos un presidente que nos diga la verdad, que asuma la responsabilidad y escuche a los expertos médicos. Un presidente que liderará y será un ejemplo para la nación.

Tenemos que hacer todo lo posible para mantener a nuestras familias seguras.

Joe dice que esta crisis es un recordatorio de que nuestro país no fue construido por Wall Street y los directores ejecutivos (CEOs), fue construido por familias trabajadoras, enfermeras, maestros y pequeñas empresas.

Es hora de que aumentemos los salarios para pagar a todos los trabajadores un rendimiento justo por su trabajo, crear un sistema fiscal más justo y garanticemos que todos y cada niño puedan acceder a una atención médica accesible y de calidad.

Health Care

“Joe knows that health care is personal, and he believes that every American –regardless of zip code – should have access to affordable and quality health care. Joe wants families to have the peace of mind they deserve, and he’s going to build on the Affordable Care Act by giving Americans more choice, reducing health care costs, and making our health care system less complex to navigate.”

Build Back Better (Economy and Jobs)

“Joe has a plan to create millions of good-paying jobs and to give America’s working families the tools, choices, and freedom they need to build back better. Trump passed a big tax cut for the corporate special interests, and Joe’s going to turn our economy around and fight for middle class workers. That means helping small businesses come out the other side of this crisis stronger than ever, and holding corporate America accountable.”

Safe Reopening (Controlling the Pandemic)

“The challenge facing our schools is unprecedented, and Joe Biden believes that the decision about when to reopen safely should be made by state, tribal, and local officials, based on science and with the safety of students and educators in mind. We want to reopen schools safely, but only once cases keep coming down. Schools need clear, consistent, effective national guidelines, not mixed messages and political ultimatums.”

COVID-19 (General Questions)

“Joe’s been honest with the American people about what is necessary to beat this challenge, and knows that we are up to this task and that we will meet this challenge together as one America. Joe knows how to mount an effective crisis response and elevate the voices of scientists, public health experts, and first responders because he has done it before.”


K-12 Education: “As president, Joe will support our educators by giving them the pay and dignity they deserve. He is committed to investing in all children from birth, so that regardless of their zip code, parents’ income, race, or disability, they are prepared to succeed in tomorrow’s economy.”

Higher education: “Joe believes that all hard-working Americans should have the chance to join or maintain their place in the middle class. He’s proposing a bold plan for education and training beyond high school, he’ll invest in community colleges and strengthen college as the reliable pathway.”

Climate Change

Environmental Justice: “Joe’s going to protect our environment and resources for all of us — that means protecting access to clean water, holding polluters accountable, and making sure our low-income communities benefit from the clean energy economy. He’ll fight pollution, which harms our natural world and overwhelmingly hurts people of color.”

Clean Energy: “Our nation is in a moment of crisis and we need to rebuild this country with clean energy jobs that get our workers back on the job. Joe knows we’ve got to build a more resilient, sustainable economy that preserves our natural resources for future generations.”


“Joe’s got the experience we can trust to keep us safer. As a Senator, he wrote the Violence Against Women Act, and the Obama-Biden Administration increased funding to stop drug trafficking along the border. He wants to invest $300 million more into community policing to help bring us together and keep us safer.”


“As President, Joe will make smart investments in border security, while Donald Trump has failed for four years with his empty promises on a wall that won’t keep us safe. Biden will stop the inhumane practice of separating families, improve the speed at which we hear asylum cases, reform our visa system, secure our borders and help DREAMers.”

Trump’s Wall

“Joe’s going to focus on investments in smart border security, and ensure we don’t keep wasting taxpayer money on a wall that doesn’t work.”


Our Veterans: “Joe believes we have only one truly sacred obligation: to properly prepare and equip our troops when we send them into harm’s way, and to care for them and their families–both while they are deployed and after they return home. As the parents of a son who deployed to Iraq, Joe and Jill Biden understand the gravity of this promise.”

Military Families: “As parents of a service member who deployed to Iraq, Joe and Jill Biden understand that it’s not just military members who sign up to serve our nation, their families do too. They will ensure we keep our commitment to military families by relaunching and strengthening Joining Forces and improving support for caregivers of wounded, ill, or injured service members and veterans.”


“Trump’s had four years to help workers out — but instead, he passed big tax cuts for the corporate special interests. Joe will reverse Trump’s tax cuts for wealthy corporations and pursue a pro-American worker tax strategy to give our working families the fair shot they need to compete for jobs and market share.”

National Security

“Joe Biden believes that economic security is national security. As President, Joe will pursue a foreign policy for the middle class. To win the competition for the future against China, we must sharpen our innovative edge and unite the economic might of democracies around the world to stop abusive economic practices.”

Foreign Policy

“In a Biden administration, America will lead by example again, and rally the world to meet our common challenges that no one nation can face on its own — from climate change to combatting terrorism. He’ll strengthen America’s alliances and re-establish us as a leader on the world stage.”

Gun Violence

“Joe Biden knows that gun violence is a public health epidemic. That’s why he will pursue constitutional, common-sense gun safety policies that end our gun violence problem while respecting the Second Amendment.”

Unity Message

“Joe’s been clear from the first day of this campaign — he’s running to restore the soul of our nation, and unite us as a country once again. No matter where you come from, who you love, or who you pray to, in Joe Biden’s America, you’ll have an equal chance at success.”

More Information

About U.S. Senator Gary Peters
Senator Gary Peters at a hearing

Gary Is Pure Michigan

Gary Peters is a fifth-generation Michigander, growing up here in Michigan where his father, a WWII veteran, worked as a public school teacher. His mother worked as a nurse’s aide and union steward with SEIU.

Like many Michiganders, Gary’s path to education wasn’t traditional. After graduating from Alma College, he started raising his family and working full-time. During this time, he also put himself through night school, and he earned degrees from Michigan State University, Wayne State University Law School and an M.B.A. from the University of Detroit Mercy.

A craft beer enthusiast and avid motorcycle rider – there’s nothing Gary enjoys more than hopping on his motorcycle and traveling across the state.

Gary’s Life Is Guided By Service

Gary has devoted much of his life to service – serving in the U.S. Navy Reserve and rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. After the September 11th terrorist attacks, Gary was driven to rejoin the U.S. Navy Reserve to once again serve his country and the people of Michigan.

Service is in his DNA.

In 2008, Gary ran for the U.S. House of Representatives because he believed that middle class families, like his, did not have a strong, independent voice in Congress. He served on the Wall Street Reform Conference Committee and was integral in developing landmark financial reform legislation that created the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau and prohibits the risky behavior that caused the financial crisis.

Gary Is A Problem Solver Who Gets Things Done

Gary’s running on his record of being an effective, bipartisan voice for Michigan in the Senate and was ranked the 3rd most bipartisan Democrat and the 12th most bipartisan Senator in the first year of the 116th Congress.

As our Senator, Gary has been a champion for Michigan, fighting for working families, more affordable quality health care and lower prescription drug costs, improved infrastructure, clean drinking water, and the protection of our Great Lakes.

He’s been fighting for much-needed relief for Michiganders throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, from leading and passing the bill to expand unemployment insurance to securing free testing and money for hospitals. Gary also led efforts to secure oversight and accountability in how federal money is being spent. Gary is working to boost manufacturing in Michigan and ensure small businesses, workers and families are safe and have the resources they need as we begin to take steps to reopen the economy.

Gary Peters is a battle-tested candidate – who won tough races in 2010 and 2014 – and he is not taking this race for granted.

Gary On The Issues

Protecting Michigan Families from Coronavirus

Gary has been leading the fight to protect families, essential workers and small businesses during this unprecedented pandemic.

Strengthening Michigan’s Economy

Gary’s top priority is building a strong economy to support small businesses, boost manufacturing and create good-paying jobs.

Expanding Access to Affordable Health Care

Whether lowering the cost of prescription drugs or working to give more people access to affordable health care, Gary is fighting to make sure no one has to choose between paying their bills and getting the care they need.

Protecting Public Schools and Education

As the son of a public school teacher, Gary saw firsthand how access to education can change lives, and he’s fighting to strengthen our schools, no matter the zip code.

Defending the Great Lakes and Environment

The Great Lakes are part of our DNA as Michiganders. Gary’s working to preserve our environment for generations to come.

Keeping Michigan Safe

Gary knows that his number one job is keeping Michigan — and the people who protect us — safe.

Fighting for Women

Throughout his career, Gary has fought to ensure that women have access to equal opportunities when it comes to pay and making choices about their own bodies.

Standing Up for Agriculture and Rural Communities

Gary knows that agriculture is integral to Michigan’s economy and strengthens our communities — that’s why he’s fighting for opportunities to invest in and protect our farmers, small towns and rural areas.

Uplifting Urban Communities

Gary is working to help Michigan’s cities and urban communities access equal opportunities.

Getting Results for Michigan

Gary is a proven leader who has fought tirelessly to hold Washington accountable and save taxpayer dollars.

Gets The Facts On Gary

FUN FACT: Since 2014, Gary has held a motorcycle tour across Michigan – visiting localcommunities, meeting with small business owners, community leaders, veterans and service members, and riding almost 1,000 miles.

FAVORITE BAND: Steely Dan. He has seen them live 4 times.

FIRST JOB: A paper route to pay for a mini bike.

FAVORITE TEAM: Michigan State Spartans (but his daughter is a U of M alum)

HOMETOWN: Rochester Hills, MI



FAVORITE TV SHOW: College Football

FAVORITE BOOK: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


FAMILY HISTORY: Gary’s parents met while his mom was working as a nurse in France and hisdad was serving in the Army during World War II. He has two sisters and is the proud father of three. He lives in Oakland County with his wife Colleen and their cats, Sophie and Lucy.

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