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MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

OCTOBER 22, 2018 NEWSLETTER IS HERE

Raising funds to support LWVMI anti-gerrymandering lawsuit

Attorney Mark Brewer explains the LWVMI lawsuit to end gerrymandering in Michigan to guests at a fundraiser in support of the suit. The lawsuit asserts the current maps are unconstitutional under the U.S. Constitution. If it is successful, new districts will be created for the 2020 election. The trial is scheduled for February, 2019. Additional funds are needed now to support evidence discovery and to keep the case moving forward. Our attorneys are working pro bono. Please consider making a gift via PayPal in support of this effort. To contribute, go to LWVMI Ed Fund Donations If your donation is to be designated to the Redistricting lawsuit fund, you can indicate that on the page where your dollar amount is typed in. On the "Add special instructions to the seller" line, simply type in, "Redistricting lawsuit fund."

November and December Events


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Fourth Friday Lunch & Learn is on November 16th
NOON - 2 pm
Location: Cedars of Dexter Clubhouse, 411 Cedars Lane, Dexter, MI
TOPIC: After November 6th: Where is Our Nation?
SPEAKER: Al Chambers,a veteran journalist and reputational consultant, returns to discuss the election and our democracy.
In a national setting fraught with uncertainties and deepening divisions, Al will evaluate the meaning and messages of the mid-term election. Some of the discussion will be about criticism of the major print and electronic media and the declining levels of trust in the nation's most important institutions. Al will be prepared to discuss whatever developments have occurred around the world in the days or hours leading up to our lunch. Al anticipates an interactive discussion with the well-informed and engaged members of the League!

Sandwich and salad or vegetarian lunch at $7.00 cash (includes coffee or soda) or BYO lunch

Seating is limited to 30 and reservations are required. Click HERE to sign up.

There will be no Lunch and Learn in December.
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<Member Holiday Party> December 3 5:30 p.m. At the Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson, Chelsea, MI

Join us for a celebration of all that we've accomplished this year. Plan to bring yourself, a friend, or your significant other, and a favorite dish to share. There will be laughter, stories, good company and good food as we close out this successful year.

RSVP at Signup Genius

In The Public Interest: LWV-AAA takes to the airwaves at WEMU

On November 5, 2018, Lisa Barry of WEMU talked with Anne McKee and Alan McCord about Ballot Proposal #1 - Legalizing Personal Use of Marijuana in Michigan.
Listen HERE.

How did we do in getting out election information?

We were busy!

VOTE411.org, our "What's On Your Ballot" website went live almost six weeks before the election. Visitors to the site were able to see their specific ballot and see candidate responses to League questions. Preliminary statistics for visits to VOTE411.com are:

59,760 in AA, most of them new users. 3,295 in Brighton, 2,274 in Howell, 1,225 in Adrian, 383 in Tecumseh.

CANDIDATE FORUMS Energetic League members organized 8 candidate forums for U.S. Representative, State Senate and House and local contests. LWVAAA co-sponsored three forums organized by the Ypsilanti District Library for mayor, council and school board. Links to videos and podcasts of all of these were available on our website and shared via email with members and friends who were encouraged to spread the word.

Our Tecumseh and Brighton-Howell units organized their own candidate forums. Tecumseh held a forum for their school board candidates; 13 out of 14 participated. Brighton-Howell's forum for US Representative, Michigan Senate and House and Circuit Court was attended by an estimated 600+ interested folks.

BALLOT PROPOSAL PRESENTATIONS The ballot proposal presentation "What's on Your Ballot?" was repeated numerous times throughout the area at libraries and at the invitation of various groups. A video of this presentation was available 'on demand'. Taking a different approach, the Saline and Dexter High School debate teams presented Proposals 1 and 2 which were also available on video. And there were 3 radio interviews on WEMU about the three statewide proposals.

POSTER CONTEST More than 1,000 copies of the winning high school posters were put up across the county and over 100 were displayed on all the AAATA buses. These are being retrieved and will be kept for use before the next big election.

VOTER GUIDES5,600 print copies of the Michigan League's Voter Guide were distributed to county clerks' offices, libraries, coffee shops and wherever people gather.

VOTER REGISTRATION Registration campaigns continued until 30 days before the election - the deadline under the old rules. Now that Promote The Vote has passed, there will be no deadline for registering.

JUST OUT OF CURIOSITY - WHAT WAS THE TURNOUT THIS YEAR?

Washtenaw County voter turnout November 6, 2018 was 62.71%. Compare this with turnout for the last mid-term election in 2014 which was 43.81%. Turnout this time was almost as much as the 66.44% voting in the 2016 presidential election, which always sees greater turnout.

Many factors encouraged voters to go to the polls - LWVAAA helped them make an informed decision when they got there.

Two New Leagues are sponsored by LWV-AAA

A new League has formed in the Brighton-Howell Area, joining the Tecumseh League formed in 2017. These small, but enthusiastic units will operate for two years under the sponsorship of the Ann Arbor Area League, after which they can become separate organizations. Their events are included in the LWVAAA Calendar.

To learn more about LWV Tecumseh, you can email lwvtecumseh@gmail.com Their website is under development.

To learn more about LWV Brighton/Howell Area, contact info@LWVBrightonHowellArea.org They have a website and a Facebook page

YOU CAN HAVE YOUR OWN SUPER LWV T-SHIRT

For order form, go to FORM

More volunteers at LWV art fair booth July 2012

YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS has been updated (printable brochure)

YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS 2018-2019 shows the results of the November 2017 election and also upcoming election dates for 2018 and 2019. The printable brochure gives names and contact information for elected officials for this area including local, state and national.