The COVID-19 pandemic seems to have boosted Kalamazoo County participation in this month's election. The Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency and a handful of townships and school districts have proposals on the ballot.
Two proposals on the November ballot have to do with elections in Michigan. One would change the process for drawing new district lines for Congress and the State Legislature. The other would enshrine certain voting rights in the Michigan Constitution.
Melody Barnes says citizens in the United States have important rights and responsibilities. The co-director for policy and public affairs at the Democracy Initiative at the University of Virginia says it requires we participate and be educated about our country.