This week’s Zoom meeting of the Party

The Roscommon County Democratic Party is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: RCDP weekly meeting
Time: Apr 1, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 781 601 612

The Economic Stimulus Package

In recent days I have seen and read a lot about the relief package being debated in Congress. As is the unfortunate reality of our times, there is a lot of misinformation that spreads quickly through social media and other unreliable news sources.

When legislators are negotiating items, it can be hard to share accurate information from reliable sources, because quite literally they are in the middle of negations. This understandably leads to the swift spread of misinformation and because that’s the only thing out there, it quickly becomes reality for many. Now that negotiations have concluded, I am pleased to have received reports this morning that outline details of the federal corona virus relief package.

The first version of the federal corona virus relief package had inadequate resources for hospitals and health care providers, no protections for workers as a condition to the government providing loans to corporations, and insufficient economic relief for struggling Americans. Rather than accept such a fundamentally flawed, partisan bill, United States Senate Democrats worked hard on to negotiate a bipartisan bill.

Here are items that are included in the federal relief package agreement because of those negotiations:

• A dramatic expansion and reform of the unemployment
insurance program, including:
o Increases the maximum unemployment benefit by $600
per week and ensures that laid-off workers, on average,
will receive their full pay for four months.
o It ensures that all workers are protected whether they
work for businesses small, medium or large, along with
self-employed and workers in the gig economy.

• More than $150 billion for our health care system so that it
can provide needed treatment during this pandemic. This
o $100 billion into our hospitals and health system,
o $1 billion for the Indian Health Service,
o Critical investments in personal and protective equipment
for health care workers, testing supplies, increased
and training, new construction to house patients,
o Increase of the Strategic National Stockpile,
o Medical research into COVID-19
o Medicare payment increases to all hospitals and
providers to ensure that they receive the funding

• $150 billion to state and local governments with $8 billion
set aside for tribal governments.
• $10 billion for SBA emergency grants of up to $10,000 to
provide immediate relief for small business operating costs.
• $17 billion for SBA to cover 6 months of payments for small
businesses with existing SBA loans.
• $30 billion in emergency education funding and $25 billion in
emergency transit funding.
• Prohibit businesses controlled by the President, Vice
President, Members of Congress, and heads of Executive
Departments from receiving loans or investments from
Treasury programs.
• Make rent, mortgage and utility costs eligible for SBA loan
• Ban stock buybacks for the term of the government
assistance plus 1 year on any company receiving a
government loan from the bill.
• Establish robust worker protections attached to all federal
loans for businesses.
• Create real-time public reporting of Treasury transactions
under the Act, including terms of loans, investments or other
assistance to corporations.
• Create of Treasury Department Special Inspector General for
Pandemic Recovery to provide oversight of Treasury loans
and a Pandemic Response Accountability Committee to
protect taxpayer dollars.
• Add a retention tax credit for employers to encourage
businesses to keep workers on payroll during the crisis.
• Provide income tax exclusion for individuals who are
receiving student loan repayment assistance from their
• Eliminated $3 billion bailout for big oil.
• Eliminated “secret bailout” provision that would have allowed
bailouts to corporations to be concealed for 6 months.
• Saved hundreds of thousands of airline industry jobs and
prohibited airlines from stock buybacks and CEO bonuses.

While the full text and details from the bill have not been released, I wanted to share the accurate information I have.

I am thankful to our members of Congress who are working so diligently on ensuring that desperately needed relief goes to those who need it most. I look forward to receiving more updates and will pass along information as it becomes available to me.

Absentee Voting

Absentee Voting
Absent voter ballots are available to registered voters for all elections. They provide a convenient method for casting a ballot instead of attending the polls on Election Day.

Absent Voter Ballot Applications

Download an absent voter ballot application 
Download an absent voter ballot application – Fillable Version
Download an absent voter ballot application – Spanish/Español Version
Download an absent voter ballot application – Large Print Version
Click here to locate your clerk then send your absent voter ballot application to that office 
Who is Eligible for an Absent Voter Ballot

Due to the passage of the statewide ballot proposal 18-3, all eligible and registered voters in Michigan may now request an absent voter ballot without providing a reason.

Check your voter registration at Michigan Voter Information Center

Requesting an Absent Voter Ballot

Your request for an absent voter ballot must be in writing and can be submitted to your city or township clerk. (For assistance in obtaining the address of your city or township clerk, see You must request an absent voter ballot by submitting the application, large print application, a letter, a postcard, or a pre-printed application form obtained from your local clerk’s office. Requests may be returned by hand, via postal mail, fax, or email, as long as a signature is visible. 

Requests to have an absent voter ballot mailed to you must be received by your clerk no later than 5 p.m. the Friday before the election. If you’re already registered at your current address, you can request an absent voter ballot in person at your clerk’s office anytime up to 4 p.m. on the day prior to the election. If you’re registering to vote or updating your address by appearing at your clerk’s office on Election Day, you can request an absent voter ballot at the same time you register. If you request your AV ballot the day before the election or on Election Day, you must vote the ballot in the clerk’s office. 

Once your request is received by the local clerk, your signature on the request will be checked against your voter registration record before a ballot is issued. You must be a registered voter to receive an absent voter ballot, but you can register and apply for an absent voter ballot at the same time.  Requests for absent voter ballots are processed immediately. Absent voter ballots may be issued to you at your home address or any address outside of your city or township of residence.

After receiving your absent voter ballot, you have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to complete the ballot and return it to the clerk’s office. Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature is on the return envelope and matches your signature on file. If you received assistance voting the ballot, then the signature of the person who helped you must also be on the return envelope. Only you, a family member or person residing in your household, a mail carrier, or election official is authorized to deliver your signed absent voter ballot to your clerk’s office.

If an emergency, such as a sudden illness or family death prevents you from reaching the polls on Election Day, you may request an emergency absent voter ballot. Requests for an emergency ballot must be submitted after the deadline for regular absent voter ballots has passed but before 4 p.m. on Election Day. The emergency must have occurred at a time which made it impossible for you to apply for a regular absent voter ballot. Please contact your local clerk for more information about emergency absent voter ballots.

Spoiling an Absent Voter Ballot

If a voter has already voted absentee and wishes to change their vote (because the candidate has dropped out of the race, or for any other reason), a voter can spoil their ballot by submitting a written request to their city or township clerk. The voter must sign the request and state if they would like a new absentee ballot mailed to them or if they will vote at the polls. This request must be received by 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election if received by mail. An absentee ballot may be spoiled in person at the clerk’s office until 4 p.m. the Monday prior to the election. The voter can obtain a new absentee ballot there or vote at the polls. There is no option on Election Day to spoil an absentee ballot that has been received by the clerk.


Requesting an Emergency Absentee Ballot