Election Day and Michigan’s Energy Future

Developing smart policies for our state’s energy future will be a major focus of Michigan’s next legislature.  It’s critical that we all recognize that the leaders we elect this fall will put in place the energy policies that will shape Michigan’s energy future for years and even decades to come.

The Alliance for Michigan Power exists to raise awareness about important energy issues and ensure your voices are heard in this policymaking process.  The best way to ensure your voice is heard is to vote in November’s election. 

With the November election quickly approaching, it’s time to make sure you’re ready to cast your vote for smart Michigan energy policies.  That’s why we’re proud to launch AMP Votes 2014, our voting initiative to help AMP members become informed energy voters and ensure you are prepared to turn out and vote in November.  

Through AMP Votes 2014, we encourage every member of AMP and anyone concerned with Michigan’s energy future to learn more about the issues, vote in this election, and participate in the discussions leading up to it.

AMP Votes 2014 Checklist

Making a difference in this election starts with making sure you are able to vote.  Follow this simple checklist to make sure your voice is heard this November.

Register to Vote by Monday, October 6
. You can check the online Michigan Voter Information Center to find out if you’re already registered. 

If you are not registered to vote, you can do so by mail
; at your county, city, or township clerk’s office; or by visiting any Secretary of State branch office.  (Remember, if you’ve moved to a new city or township since the last election, you must re-register; if you moved within a city or township, you must update your address.)

If you are unable to make it to the polls
, you should request an absentee ballot by filling out the Absentee Voter Ballot Application, which must be done by the Saturday before the election (November 1).

Be sure to set aside time on Election Day, Tuesday November 4, to hit the polls; they will be open from 7am to 8pm.
 Your voter registration card should have your polling location on it; otherwise, you can search for it here. Make sure to bring an acceptable photo ID with you.


Know Your Candidates and Their Positions on Michigan Energy

We encourage all AMP members to not only vote, but to help shape the discussion around energy issues during the campaign. Here are a few ways:

  • Get to know your candidates; click here to find your sample ballot.
  • Visit each candidate’s website and consider going to campaign events to learn about them.
  • Contact each candidate—either by email, phone, social media, in writing, or in person.  
  • Explain why Michigan energy issues are important to you and ask them about their positions.
  • Talk with your friends and family about energy issues and encourage them to join AMP.

Which candidates oppose deregulation?  

Which ones support smart energy policies that will drive innovation but also support our economy and jobs?  

As you cast your ballot, we hope you’ll keep in mind all of the priorities Michigan must balance when it comes to energy in our state.  Choose carefully—the candidates we elect will ultimately determine whether Michigan has a bright energy future to look forward to.