Vote Heaster Wheeler for Detroit City Clerk to empower voters and reclaim our voice! Many items must be addressed to ensure a fair and efficient election process in Detroit. As Detroit City Clerk, Heaster will:
Ensure all residents have broad, streamlined options that make it easy to register to vote.
- Maintain accessible voter registration sites year-round throughout the City.
- Advocate for online voter registration, with dedicated computers available at public offices and libraries.
- Advocate for automatic voter registration upon receipt of a driver’s license or state ID card.
- Partner with title companies and realtor associations to offer new Detroit homeowners voter registration forms to register or update their voting records.
- Advocate for a city ordinance mandating landlords provide voter registration forms to new tenants.
- Utilize trained, multilingual Deputy Registrars.
- Partner with high schools to ensure all students are offered an opportunity to pre-register, or register when they turn 18.
Provide a renewed focus on recruiting, training and educating staff and volunteers throughout Detroit to ensure an efficient and legitimate election process.
- Recruit eligible high school and college students.
- Establish partnerships with local community organizations and businesses to recruit volunteers, and to identify multilingual assistance.
- Increase training for poll workers (including online, podcasts, video, etc.) that will include hypotheticals, photos and/or diagrams of polling locations.
Restore confidence in the value of individual voters, the experience they live every day and the system as a whole.
- Expand community outreach by visiting organizations and schools to discuss voter registration and the election process.
- Utilize the precinct delegates to disseminate voter education material.
- Enhance the City Clerk’s website and better utilize social media.
- Provide information that has been translated into Spanish, Arabic and other relevant languages.
- Ask schools to reach out to parents/guardians to provide basic voter registration and voting information.
- Easy access to non-partisan voter guides and sample ballots.
Put the needs of Detroiters first.
- Host regular ‘Coffee with the Clerk’ sessions to talk to Detroiters.
- Fight for no-reason absentee voting.
- Fight for designation of regular election days as state holidays.
- Fight for online voting.
- Fight for early voting.
Lead a bold fight to secure the necessary resources to provide an electoral process that works for everyone in Detroit.
- Including the necessary technology to make voting and the clerk’s office more accessible.
- Leverage innovative technology, including website enhancements, robocalls, text messaging, emails, etc.
- The clerk’s website will be a wealth of information, including election results, resolutions, research, contracts approved by the City Council and other public information.
 Nine states (CA, CO, DE, FL, HI, LA, MD, MA, RI, UT & VT) and the District of Columbia offer pre-voter registration for 16 & 17 year olds; five states (ME, NE, OR, NJ & WV) allow 17 year olds to pre-register; five other states (AK, GA, IA, MO & TX) allow pre-registration before the age of 18; and seven states (IN, KS, MN, NV, NH , NM & WY) allow registration if the person turns 18 on or before the next election.
 Thirty-four (34) states and the District of Columbia offer early and/or no-reason absentee voting. Michigan is one of seven states (the others are AL, CT, DE, NH, PA & RI) that does not offer either early voting or no-reason absentee voting.