Election 2020 is likely to become a pivotal game changer for the country. Immigration, Civil Rights, Foreign Policy, Education, Health and Economy are some of the "top of the list" items for many of us. The Indian American community is expected to play a bigger role in the upcoming elections than ever before. Both the Democratic and Republican parties are courting our votes to cross the finish line.
Indian Americans in Michigan are energized more than ever to participate in the upcoming elections. While not everybody is interested in politics many are realizing the need engage by registering to vote and also voting.
COVID-19 has provided an opportunity to utilize absentee ballots. Essentially, VOTING HAS ALREADY UNDERWAY!! Please vote.
We also have a few of our community members running for office. We are also receiving videos with a special appeal to the Indian American community in Michigan.
Please see below all election related information:
Your VOTE Counts! An appeal to Indian American community
Vote turnout has been an issue for the Indian American community in the past. However, with greater involvement by several community volunteers the voter turnout percentage is expected to improve significantly.
The issues facing America and immigrant communities like ours are monumental. We need to VOTE and help make a difference. Many races are likely to be determined by narrow vote margins. Every vote counts. Please vote.
In addition to electing the President of the United States we will have an opportunity to vote for US Congressional/Senate seats, State of Michigan Representatives, State Senators, Judges, City Board Trustees etc.
Typically, in the past most votes were cast in person on election day. COVID-19 pandemic has provided an option to secure absentee ballots starting late September 2020 and vote by mail or drop off the ballots at designated locations throughout the State. Thus, the process has been made convenient.
Register to Vote:
If you are an American citizen and are not registered to vote, please do so now. You can register at your city or township clerk’s office.
Registered voters can request an absentee ballot online through ourabsentee voter request formbefore October 30. But don't wait. Begin the process early by mailing in your application for an absentee ballot as soon as possible. Your application for the November 3rd General Election can be submitted now.
Your completed absentee ballot must be received by your city or township clerk by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Michigan Indian community and Political engagement
This year, more than ever, the Indian American community in Michigan is actively engaged in the electoral process. In addition to local elections, our community members are leading campaign efforts for US Congressional seats, Senate race and notably the Presidential race for the White House. It is evident that we as a community need to unite and engage in the political process regardless of party affiliation.
Venkatesh Babu Vadlamudi, a long time Michigan resident and President of ChIPS (Chanakya Institute of Political Science) has recorded the video below with his thoughts and perspectives.
Election 2020 scheduled for November 3rd, 2020 is more intense than any other in history. COVID-19 pandemic has pushed many States including Michigan to encourage absentee ballots. Indian Americans are expected to influence several electoral races in Michigan and elsewhere.
Senator Gary Peters is running for reelection to the US Senate this year representing the Democratic party. Senator Gary Peters has forwarded an exclusive video appeal to the Indian American Community in Michigan. Senator Peters is well known to several of our community members. In his speech he specifically addresses the immigration topic while touching upon other issues like economy and fairness.
US Congresswoman Haley Stevens has forwarded a video with a special message to Indian Americans in her district. The 11th Congressional District, which she represents, encompasses various cities including Troy, Canton, Plymouth, Northville, Novi etc. with thousands of Indian American residents.
Recognizing the contributions of Indian Americans to Congresswoman Stevens reiterates her commitment to support business growth in the 11th District. She also pledges to support legal immigration to spur innovation and job growth in America.
Congresswoman Stevens has been a regular attendee at various local Indian events during the last two years. Her office has also assisted on US visa matters to remove roadblocks that may arise with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the National Visa Center (NVC) and more largely, the Department of State (DOS) – U.S. embassies and consulates.
Vishnu Jampala of Novi states “Congresswoman Stevens is hardworking and has introduced a bill which has become a law called The Building Blocks of STEM Act will jumpstart investments in early childhood STEM programs and expand opportunities for our children to engage in computer science learning”.
Troy resident Padma Kuppa is running for reelection representing Troy and Clawson (District 41). Representative Kuppa is well known in the community given her involvement in service for over 20 years.
Padma Kuppa quit her engineering job at Chrysler to successfully run for office in 2018. Her noteworthy accomplishments during the past two years and her enthusiasm to do even more, for the District, deserves your support.
Padma has made the Indian American community proud by serving her District well. For more information on Padma’s campaign visit https://www.electpadmakuppa.com.
Michigan Supreme court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack is running for reelection to the Michigan’s highest court. Elizabeth Welch is also running for an open slot on the bench. Both candidates have reached out to www.miindia.com with a video message to the Michigan Indian American voters, recognizing that Indian American support is crucial for success.
Voters must look for the non-partisan section of their ballot to vote for Bridget McCormack and Elizabeth Welch before returning their ballot.
A graduate of UM Medical School Dr. Shauna Ryder Diggs is seeking the support of Indian Americans in Michigan in her reelection race to the Board of Regents at University of Michigan. As the first physician to serve on the Board of Regents, Regent Ryder Diggs is a board-certified dermatologist. In her video message, Dr. Diggs speaks about her contributions the University and future goals in her role as a Regent for the University.
Mike Bouchard is the Sheriff of the most diverse and affluent counties in Michigan. Mr. Bouchard believes in ensuring safety and security all residents. In a special address to the Indian American residents of Oakland County, Mr. Bouchard delivers a welcoming and inclusive message. Oakland county is also home several Indian-owned businesses.
Anne Marie Graham-Hudak is currently serving on the Board of Trustee for Canton Township. Anne Marie is an engineer and professional business manager. She has many friends in the Indian community. For more information visit www.voteannemarie.com
Ranjeev is a father to two young boys and the husband to a small business owner, and the son of immigrants. Ranjeev worked for President Obama in 2008 and 2012 and was challenged by the President to make a difference in his own community. Ranjeev received his MBA from the University of Chicago, and now works at Chrysler putting together solutions to ensure our auto industry and Michigan economy remain strong. Ranjeev is fighting for a more inclusive Michigan and currently running to represent the communities of Canton, Van Buren Township, and Belleville in the State Legislature.
Please vote for Ranjeev on November 3rd or by absentee ballot in the mail!
You can find more information on Ranjeev at his website, including a voting guide: www.voteranjeev.com
Tania Ganguly, a 15 year resident of Canton, is running for Canton Township Trustee. Her background in business and finance, diverse experiences as a mother and a student, and involvement in her community make her uniquely suited to serve everyone who calls Canton Township home.
She will be a dedicated public servant and a strong advocate for the Indian American community. She will appear on the ballot November 3, 2020. Note that you can vote absentee ballot right now.
Barb Anness, Trustee of Rochester Community Schools Board of Education is running as a candidate for District 45 MI House of Representative. With many friends in the community, Barb is seeking your support in the video below. For more information visit: https://www.barbanness.com/.