Two new websites can help voters plan and register

The sites take voters through the process step-by-step
Posted at 6:36 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 11:51:37-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — With less than 30-days until the 2020 election, two new websites launched Tuesday to help voters make a plan by taking them from registration to ballot casting in a few simple steps. recently launched its Plan Your Vote tool – a step-by-step resource to help people make a plan to register and vote.

“Any big thing that’s important you plan it out and voting is super important,” said Lynna Kaucheck, who helped develop the tool as part of Engage Michigan. “We kind of talk about it as ‘choose your own adventure.’ Like you get to plan what the best option for you to vote is.”

To use the tool, users simply have to click through the on-screen questions. Along the way, they’ll find out where to vote if they choose to do so in-person, and how to return their ballots if they’re voting mail-in or absentee.

“It also provides information on: where is my clerk, where is my polling location, what does my ballot look like?” said Kaucheck. “It really takes you through the entire voting process.”

The Plan Your Vote tool

On a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumus Lyons announced the rollout of Kent County Votes, a website that’ll be coupled with tv and radio PSAs letting people know their voting rights.

“Covid-19 has disrupted so much this year, but it will not disrupt this fall’s election,” she said. “This website will be a one-stop-shop for all questions and any information our voters need to know as they prepare to cast their ballots.”

“All that’s left,” she added, “is for the voters to make their voices heard.”