This letter provides some guidance to voters on the upcoming January 15, 2008 Michigan Democratic Presidential Primary, in which we encourage voters to participate.
In many ways, this election will be like any other public election. Voters will vote at their regular polling places between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Voters may vote by absentee ballot if they meet one of the eligibility requirements—they will be out of town on the day of the election; they are aged 60 or more; they are disabled; etc. In order to vote at a polling place, a voter must show a photo ID or sign a statement that they do not have a photo ID with them. Absentee voters do not have to show a photo ID.
However, there will be some different procedures as well. First, voters will be asked whether they want a Democratic or Republican ballot and a record will be kept of which ballot they take. But the voter's choice of candidate will be secret as in all public elections.
Second, the Democratic ballot will have six choices: Hillary Clinton, Christopher Dodd, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, uncommitted and write-in.
A vote for "uncommitted" is a vote to send delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado who are not committed or pledged to any candidate. Those delegates may vote for any candidate they choose at the convention.
Supporters of Joe Biden, John Edwards, Barack Obama and Bill Richardson are urged to vote "uncommitted" instead of writing in their candidate's names because write-in votes for those candidates will not be counted.
I encourage all voters to vote in the Democratic Presidential Primary, to be part of the process of ending the George Bush era. If you have any questions about the primary process, please don't hesitate to call me at 810- 664-2006 (county party office); 810-667-1997 (home); or 810-240-0546 cell.
Bill Marquardt, Chairman, Lapeer County Democratic Party
December 18, 2007