An election as important as the one that will take place in Michigan on Tuesday, Nov. 5 deserves all the participation that can be mustered.
And in order to participate in the election process that day - you need to be one of the 6.8 million or so Michiganians who are registered to vote. Michigan voters have until Monday, Oct. 7 to register in order to vote in the Nov. 5 general election.
To register, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age by Election Day, and a resident of Michigan and the city or township where you are applying to register to vote.
You can register to vote for federal, state, and local elections by mail; at your county, city, or township clerk's office; or by visiting any Secretary of State branch office. When you move, you must re-register to vote. You can also download a copy of a voter registration application - there's an easy link to the state web site on the opening screen at www.miaflcio.org
"Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a state than that all persons employed in places of power and trust be men of unexceptionable characters. The public cannot be too curious concerning the character of public men," said founding father Samuel Adams, who lived in an era when women couldn't vote, much less run for office.
Whether candidates for public office are men or women, their character matters as much today as it did 225 years ago. Building trades union members are urged to become curious about the character and record of Democrat Jennifer Granholm and Republican Dick Posthumus, who are running for Michigan governor, as well as candidates for the scores of other offices that will be on the ballot.