15-Point Plan

1) Online Voter Registration

  1. As your City Clerk I will accept electronic signature and allow online one-step voter registration.
  2. If you can sign for a mortgage, register for the selected service, or change your legal beneficiary, you should be able to register to vote.
  3. Uniform Electronic Transactions Act provides the legal basis for accepting electronic transactions.

2) Share voter rolls between local clerks

  1. I’m committed to working with local clerks across the state to ensure our voter rolls are up to date and accurate

3) Cut wait times

  1. The national standard for waiting to vote is 30 minutes.
  2. We’re going to get you in and out quicker by posting wait times at polling locations on the website.
  3. Each polling place will have a posted map showing which precinct and where in the polling place each precinct is voting.
  4. Staff will receive additional training on epoll books.

4) More Early voting

  1. We are going to increase the number of locations where residents can vote absentee in person.
  2. We are going to encourage residents to sign up for the permanent absentee voter list.
  3. Create online ballot tracking system so you know when your ballot is in the mail when we received it back and when its been counted.

5) Hold elections in schools

  1. We need to get the next generation engaged in the voting process. Allowing students to assist in the voting process will be excellent training for them.
  2. Schools are handicap accessible and have ample space for sitting with ample parking.
  3. Get election day scheduled as an in service day so children can go vote with their parents.

6) Update voting machines

  1. Voting machines in Michigan and Detroit are outdated. We need new, secure machines and we need to train our election workers on how to properly handle all ballots.

7) Tabular audit posted after every election

  1. A tabular audit will ensure every vote was counted correctly and provide citizens with a check ensuring their ballots were counted

8) Eliminate blocks between the SOS data and clerks voter file

9) Promote high quality training for elections officials – particularly full-time staff

  1. Work with University community to develop professional development offerings for employees
  2. Partner with University researchers to audit results and develop reforms

10) Line walkers to help the process before voters get to the front

  1. Instead of waiting in a long line only to get to the front and be missing information or at the wrong location. We’re going to have individuals trained to assist voters and make sure your experience is smooth.

11) Make all efforts to improve the voting process for Uniformed an Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act voters

  1. As a Army officer I am committed to ensure that every soldier, sailor, airman, military spouse has every opportunity to vote. Anyone willing to fight for our rights deserves a City Clerk willing to fight for them.

12) Recruit new poll workers

  1. Every poll worker who serves on election day to ensure our ballots our counted appropriates deserves our thanks and respect. To ensure we get the full benefit of the many long time volunteers and staff, we need to recruit and train the next generation.
  2. I’m going to reach out to the schools, corporate partners, faith community and organized labor to recruit accountants, book keepers, finance professionals, quality control personnel and seasoned team leaders who know how important it is to not miss a beat. If we can build the best cars in the world, we can run the smoothest elections as well.
  3. Recruit young people in high school and college and develop a pipeline to full time employment from seasonal election employment.

13) Train Poll workers

  1. Create online curriculum free and available to all
  2. Three hours of training is not sufficient
  3. Develop clear standards for poll workers that identify and reward high performers.

14) Create accessible polling locations

  1. Address language barriers across the city
    1. Ensure locations with high populations of English as second language needs have translators and ballots are printed in languages citizens can read.
  2. Address literacy issues ensuring residents have every tool to facilitate voting.
    1. I am committed to ensuring that every resident of the City of Detroit can exercise their fundamental right to vote, which requires increased support for individuals that may have challenges reading the ballot due to literacy.
  3. Polling locations must be accessible for Detroiters by promoting the use of American’s with Disabilities Act compliant locations.

15) Provide Additional Training for Poll workers

  1. Create an online curriculum that is free and available to everyone.  Three hours of training is not sufficient.  Develop and communicate improved standards for poll workers that identify and reward high performers.  Address literacy issues ensuring residents have every tool to facilitate voting.
  2. I am committed to ensuring that every resident of the City of Detroit can exercise their fundamental right to vote, which requires increased support for individuals that may have challenges reading the ballot due to literacy.
  3. Polling locations must be accessible for Detroiters by promoting the use of American’s with Disabilities Act compliant locations.

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