City of Farmington Residents

The City of Farmington offers a great deal of information on the November 6, 2012 General Election at its Web site under the heading Services | City Clerk | Election Information concerning voting and elections for its residents.

Worth checking as well is the State of Michigan Voter Information System from the Secretary of State's Office

City of Farmington Hills Residents

The City of Farmington Hills provides information on the November 6, 2012 General Election on its Web site under Departments | City Clerk | Elections & Voting Information.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 is the last day to register for the November 6, 2012 Election. A person may register at any Secretary of State Branch Office, at their local clerk's office or by mail. It is important to remember that IF YOU REGISTER BY MAIL, you MUST vote in person for your first Election. This does not apply to persons 60 years of age or older.

The City provides Precinct Information and Precinct Maps.

Absentee Voter Applications are available by Precinct: For Precincts 1–4 and 7–26, for Precincts 5–6, and for Precinct 27.

Worth checking as well is the State of Michigan Voter Information System from the Secretary of State's Office

Oakland County Election Information

The League of Women Voters provides non-partisan information about candidates and proposals. Each candidate is given an opportunity to provide biographical information and to answer a number of questions on issues important to the office being sought.

The Voter Guides are in three sections: Partisan (Democratic / Republican candidates). NonPartisan (City / Village Offices and School Districts), and Proposals. Check back frequently because the site is being updated and will not be complete until October 8, 2012.

The Oakland County Bar Association has partnered with the League of Women Voters Oakland Area and the Detroit Free Press to host judicial candidate forums in all races where there are contested seats. The forums are open to the public and are taped so that they may be aired on cable channels in the communities where the races take place.

The purpose of the partnership is to disseminate information about judicial candidates as widely as possible in their communities and to encourage the active participation of Oakland County citizens in voting in judicial elections as well as to assist them in becoming far more knowledgeable and informed voters.

It is important to note that this partnership is nonpartisan and that the respective organizations will not support or oppose candidates prior to the candidate forums. The Detroit Free Press may or may not endorse judicial candidates preceding the elections. The partners in the Judicial Candidate Forum project strive to provide factual, nonpartisan information to citizens regarding candidates’ qualifications and views.

Each forum consists of two panelists who ask questions of each of the candidates. One panelist is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association and one panelist is from the Detroit Free Press. The forum is moderated by a representative of the League of Women Voters. Each forum lasts for a minimum of an hour. The community is invited to attend and submit questions for responses by the candidates. Screeners are on-hand to review those questions for appropriateness as well as to avoid duplication. Last, each community's local cable television provider is invited to tape and air the judicial candidate forum.

Each candidate was asked to complete a Judicial Candidate Questionnaire. These completed questionnaires are posted below. Click on the candidate name to read his/her completed Judicial Candidate Questionnaire. Click on the camera icon to watch the forum recording.

Registering to Vote

The Michigan Secretary of State offers an easy, five-step online process for registering to vote, including an online voter registration form which you can fill out and deliver or send to your City Clerk (See the two City Resident tabs above).


Michigan 2012 Election Resources

For 96 years the Citizens Research Council of Michigan has been noted for the accuracy and objectivity of its research. Over the years, CRC has made significant contributions to the ongoing debate over the appropriate role of government and has gained vast experience in virtually every facet of state and local government.

This page has analyses of issues—Proposals and Constitutional Amendments—that will appear on Michigan's statewide ballot at the November 6, 2012 general election. The Citizens Research Council of Michigan does not endorse candidates for office or take positions on ballot issues. In analyzing these ballot issues, CRC hopes to provide more information so that voters can make better informed decisions in formulating their vote.

Michigan politicians and candidates on the issues. Also contains a list of issues and comparative statements by candidates, and many other resources.

A very comprehensive site, containing a wealth of information and resources for voters, including:

National Election Resources

Nonpartisan, nonprofit, "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. Factcheck monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases. A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. In August 2006 named by as "One of 25 Sites We Can't Live Without."

Includes election statistics, and financial information about candidates, parties and PACs. Campaign Finance Reports and Data.

You can browse an alphabetical list or search for a political organization name by keyword or phrase. A new law (P.L. 106-230) imposes three different reporting and disclosure requirements on section 527 organizations. It requires section 527 political organizations to file periodic reports with the IRS. These political organizations are required to report the names and addresses (and occupation and employer if an individual) of all persons who contribute $200 or more after July 1, 2000, and of all persons receiving expenditures of $500 or more after July 1, 2000. In the Internal Revenue Service Political Organization Section 527 Search Form 8872 Filings there are links to the actual filings (in pdf format)

Open Secrets—Center for Responsive Politics tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy. It provides detailed campaign finance profiles for politicians. In Donor Lookup you can find individual and soft money contributors by name, zip code, employer, candidate or recipient. The section on Political Action Committees is searchable and organized by category. State Information Directory features campaign finance profiles of the 106th Congress (updated monthly). Lobbyist Spending shows a industry-by-industry breakdown of spending and has a searchable database of individual lobbyists & lobbying firms.

News & Opinion