About the Election Protection Program

The Michigan Election Protection Program is a coordinated, long-term, and sustained approached that ensures Michigan voters have full access to the new tools provided under Proposal 3. This program is designed to improve alignment and coordination across national, state, and local partners to focus on top priorities for expanding the electorate and eliminating disparities in civic participation.

The Michigan Election Protection Program is a coalition of nonpartisan organizations and election officials working to ensure that everyone can make their voice heard in our democracy. We do that by educating citizens about their voting rights, engaging citizens to be a part of the democratic process, and protecting the right of every citizen to make their voice heard.

Know Your Voting Rights

Take Action

This year the ACLU is making an unprecedented investment in this election to ensure that every eligible voter can safely exercise their right. A core component of this work will be ensuring that all Michiganders understand their voting rights and know how they can cast their ballot in this election. We’ll be calling and texting voters across the state and having conversations about voting and helping folks make a plan to determine the best way for each person to make their voice heard. We’re also building a rapid response team to help answer questions and concerns that voters experience while casting their ballot.

Join the Call Team

Join the Call Team: We’ll be calling voters across the state every night from 5-8p EST and having conversations about voting and helping folks make a plan to determine the best way for each person to make their voice heard. 

Please sign up here to join our distributed calling team. An organizer will be in touch with you to give you further details on how you can get involved, and walk you through the process of making calls with us. Whether you’re a longtime phone banker or this will be your first time we’ll ensure that you’re comfortable and set up for success!

Join the Text Team

Join the Text Team: We’ll be texting voters across the state and having conversations about voting and helping folks make a plan to determine the best way for each person to make their voice heard. Please sign up to join our distributed texting team. An organizer will be in touch with you to give you further details on how you can get involved, and walk you through the process of making calls with us. Whether you’re a longtime text-banker or this will be your first time we’ll ensure that you’re comfortable and set up for success!

Join the Rapid Response Team

Join the Rapid Response Team: The Rapid Response Team aims to respond to voter suppression wherever and whenever it occurs. We need volunteers to support:

  • Voter Protection Hotline: We need attorneys, law students, and legal professionals to answer live calls from voters from now through election day, and provide voters with answers to voting questions.

  • Nonpartisan Poll Challengers: We need registered Michigan Voters to monitor the election process at the polls, clerks’ offices, and absentee voter counting boards. Challengers will have the right to challenge poll worker and clerk actions if the challenger believes that election law is not being followed. Challengers will work primarily on Election Day, but there may be pre-Election Day opportunities as well.

  • Nonpartisan Poll Watchers: Poll watchers monitor the election process at the polls, clerk’s offices, and absentee voter counting boards. Poll watchers do not need to be registered Michigan Voters and do not have the right to challenge poll worker actions if the poll watcher believes that election law is not being followed. Poll watchers mostly operate on Election Day as well, but there may be pre-Election Day opportunities.

You can sign up for the Rapid Response team and someone will follow up with additional information and next steps.

Become a Poll Worker

Become a Poll Worker: Poll workers are the people who make our democracy run. Poll workers are the staff that open and close polling locations, process voters, and process ballots. Unfortunately, most communities struggle to recruit enough poll workers to make Election Day run smoothly. Without enough poll workers, voters can wait in long lines and even be disenfranchised. Poll workers are trained and paid for their work. Registered voters and 16 and 17-year-olds can serve as poll workers.

Disclaimer: Before engaging in any in-person volunteer work, whether at polling sites or other locations, we recommend taking all appropriate COVID-19-related safety precautions.