Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, November 5, 2012

Unviersity community encouraged to exercise the right to vote

With Election Day less than 24 hours away, university faculty, staff and students are being encouraged to study the candidates and issues carefully and cast a ballot Tuesday.

In an email message to the university community last week, President Mary Sue Coleman urged everyone to make the time to vote. "I encourage you to participate in the election process by voting in person or by absentee ballot," she said.

Michigan voters will decide on a wide range of elected officials including president of the United States, members of Congress and the Michigan House of Representatives, numerous judicial offices including the Michigan Supreme Court, seats on the State Board of Education, U-M Board of Regents, Michigan State University Board of Trustees, Wayne State University Board of Governors, and various local offices.

There also are a number of state and local ballot issues for voters to consider. Five of the six statewide proposals involve changes to Michigan's Constitution.

"The right to vote is a privilege and responsibility in our civil society," Coleman said. "I urge you to vote … I also ask supervisors to encourage participation in the process and to make accommodations so that all employees are able to exercise their right to vote."