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Keeping our Post Members and Veterans engaged in the selection process of those who govern us.

 

Any Veteran who honorably served this country and are running for public office are free to contact us for possible listing on our Veteran Candidates Page.

 
 

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Legislative Table of Contents

Let Your Voice Be Heard

  • Contact U.S. Congress
  • Contact the media
  • Track legislation and your congressional representative voting records

Registering to Vote

  • Local – State Information
  • Military

Contacting Local Officials

  • City of Detroit
  • Wayne County
  • State of Michigan

Post Adjutant’s Perspective

  • Adjutant’s personal views on politics, elections etc.

Hot Legislative Issues

  • Legislation important to Veterans

Veteran Candidates for Office

  • Veterans who are running for elected office
  • Elected Veterans

 

"Lower voter participation is a silent threat to our democracy...it under represents young people, the poor, the disabled, those with little education, minorities and you and me."

_Nancy Neuman, Writer

 

 

Overview

The American Legion encourages all Americans to register and vote in all elections. Legionnaires have traditionally responded to the call and are among the groups of individuals most likely to cast their ballots on Election Day.

Americans have the right to vote for whom they choose to represent them in our representative form of government. They also have the duty, a responsibility, to use their right to vote and to familiarize themselves with the candidates and the issues up for decision on Election Day.  

Every election is important, as the individuals elected to office will establish laws under which we must live and they will make important decisions for spending the tax dollars we pay to our government.

 Good government is established when concerned citizens participate in the electoral process. Concerned Citizens and Veterans must also understand what is expected of them and they must know clearly and simply how to go about doing it.

Each year we elect hundreds of thousands of public officials whose decisions directly influence the lives and well-being of all citizens. The benefits derived from voting are produced by electing officials that are in tune with the wishes of the citizens and their concerns in providing a community, in which it is suitable to live, work and raise a family.  

Citizens must please remember that your vote guarantees all other rights, builds schools, paves highways, collects taxes, maintains the Armed Forces, directs the foreign policy, and influences how our friends overseas view our Republic.

History has proven that one vote can make a difference so it is important that every single voice be heard. Each citizen should be keenly aware that your vote is important.    Voting is a powerful way for American citizens to participate in their government. It gives them a voice in issues that affect their lives.

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To Our Fellow Veterans & Patriotic Citizens

Elections are important to our Republic.  As citizens of this great nation, it is our duty and responsibility to exercise this right of franchise by casting our ballots on Election Day and to encourage others to do likewise. 

 

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS ENDS BAN ON VOTER REGISTRATION

 

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Chairman Akaka pushed for increased voter registration access for veterans 

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.

 

U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI), Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, issued the following statement today on a newly revised Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) policy allowing voter registration groups access to VA facilities. Chairman Akaka, along with Senators Feinstein and Kerry, had urged the Department to rescind an earlier prohibition on voter registration activities. 

 

  “The Department’s announcement removes unnecessary limitations they had placed on voter registration groups.  VA did the right thing by taking initiative internally to change this policy in time for veterans to participate in the upcoming elections.”  The Department’s revised policy includes the following clarifications:

 

  • State and local election officials, as well as non-partisan groups, are welcome to assist in voter registration at VA hospitals and outpatient clinics.  Such voter registration assistance must be coordinated by the VA facilities to ensure that it does not disrupt patient care.

 

  • Every VA hospital is now required to publish a written policy on voter assistance.

 

  • Information about the right to register and to vote will be posted in every VA hospital.

Voting info website:

http://www1.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=1564

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"Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote."

_George Jean Nathan, American editor and drama critic

 

 

 


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