Making Democracy Work

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.

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

League members Roddy Wares and Nan Elder explained the LWVAAA high school voter registration and poster contest projects to WEMU host Lisa Barry on April 9, during All Things Considered on station 89.1 FM. You can listen to the podcast at WEMU
Plans are to have bi-weekly interviews on topics related to League activities.

WANT TO BE A POLL WORKER?

Here's a way to support the democratic process and ensure good elections - sign up to be an Election Inspector.

Cities and Townships in Washtenaw County are recruiting registered voters and youth age 16 to 18 to serve as Election Inspectors during the upcoming August 7 State Primary and November 6 General Election this year.

For details click HERE

Interested persons should contact the Washtenaw County Clerk/Register Elections Division at elections@ewashtenaw.org or 734-222-6730

TUESDAY MAY 8 IS AN ELECTION DAY and VOTE411 IS READY

Ballot items include an Ann Arbor Public Schools millage, several Township millage proposals and an election for Park Commission Member in Ypsilanti Township.

Go to VOTE411.org and enter your address to see what will be on your ballot.

APRIL AND MAY EVENTS

WHEN: Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 pm
WHERE: HOMES Brewery, 2321 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor
WHAT: Community-Guided Voter Support: Families in Poverty

We will hear from Suzanne Van Dam about Friends in Deed and the work they do to alleviate poverty in our community. Suzanne will tell us more about the populations her organization serves and how we can partner to support their access to voting rights. We will discuss a voter registration and education plan tailored to families living in poverty in Washtenaw County.

This event is open to the public (but must be over 21 to buy/drink alcohol.) League members are encouraged to invite non-members to attend
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APRIL LUNCH & LEARN RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, CLICK HERE


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LWV-AAA Annual Meeting Save the date: Tuesday, May 15. Details to come.

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MAY LUNCH & LEARN Friday, May 18, Noon - 2 p.m. at Cedars of Dexter Clubhouse, 411 Cedars Lane, Dexter
(note: third Friday to avoid holiday weekend).
Our guest will be Washtenaw County Clerk Larry Kestenbaum. Reservation signup not yet available.

WANT TO ENTER THE LWV HIGH SCHOOL POSTER CONTEST?

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS APRIL 26

Click to find details, entry forms, rules, awards!!! and due dates as well as links to educational information.
FLYER
RULES
ENTRY FORM
TIPS FOR VOTING

Have questions? email poster@lwvannarbor.org

High School Voter Registration Project is in full swing

Students who will turn 18 years of age by the time of the November election can register to vote now so that they are on the rolls when it's time to vote. LWV-AAA members have been visiting area high school senior classes to explain registration and help eligible students to register on the spot. Over 700 students have registered as of April 9 and we have more schools to visit.

LWV-AAA Members are circulating the PROMOTE THE VOTE PETITION

This amendment to the Michigan Constitution provides a common-sense approach to safeguarding our elections, puts voters first, and removes barriers for working families by:
  • Protecting the right to vote a secret ballot
  • Ensuring military service members and overseas voters get their ballots in time for their votes to count
  • Providing voters with the option to vote straight party
  • Automatically registering citizens to vote at the Secretary of State's office unless the citizen declines
  • Allowing a citizen to register to vote until 15 days before an election by mail or in person. After that, citizens may register to vote in person with proof of residency up to and on Election Day.
  • Providing all registered voters access to an absentee ballot for any reason
  • Ensuring the accuracy and integrity of elections by auditing election results

We're Making the News about Promote the Vote and expanding voter rights

Jack Lessenberry says it's about time.

New York Times: David Leonhardt's opinion piece in the Feb. 7 edition of the Times "Democracy on the March" talks about our Promote the Vote campaign to improve voter access to the polls.

Detroit News: Jonathan Oosting wrote a Feb. 5 piece explaining the proposal and saying organizers will face a tight deadline and high hurdle to make the ballot.

LWV MI ISSUES STATEMENT ON GUN VIOLENCE

Click HERE to see the League's position and call for action.

UPDATE: LWV-AAA REDISTRICTING EDUCATION PROJECT

Thanks to our dozens of trained speakers, we have now presented to over 1,124 people since last spring. We've covered Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Tecumseh, Pontiac, southern Livingston County and more... GREAT, but we need to educate thousands more.
If you know of a group that would like to learn about redistricting and why it is important to our electoral process, contact Redistricting@lwvannarbor.org to request a presentation by an LWV-AAA representative. You provide the people and place, we'll provide the speaker, slideshow, equipment, and handouts. EDUCATION COMES FIRST.

MARCH 2018 NEWSLETTER IS HERE

WELCOME TO TWO NEW LEAGUES FORMING UNDER THE SPONSORSHIP OF LWVAAA

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

MICHIGAN LEAGUE FILES FEDERAL LAWSUIT TO END GERRYMANDERING

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NEWS FLASH - Feb 20: League of Women Voters gerrymandering lawsuit in Pennsylvania results in PA Supreme Court redrawing voting boundaries.
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On December 22, 2017, The League of Women Voters of Michigan and 11 individual voters filed a lawsuit against the State of Michigan in federal court in Detroit to end unfair, partisan gerrymandering of Michigan's Congressional, state senate and state house districts.

"The Michigan League of Women Voters today filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of voters throughout Michigan to end the practice of unfair, partisan gerrymandering," said Judy Karandjeff, president of the Michigan League of Women Voters. "Michigan's State House, Senate and Congressional districts are among the worst in the nation when it comes to partisan gerrymandering, and today's lawsuit aims to fix the problem and restore voters' rights to choose who best represents them. Ending partisan gerrymandering is critical to preserve our democracy and ensure every vote counts," said Sue Smith, director of the League's Redistricting Program.

The lawsuit asks the federal court to declare the current districts to be unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders and to ensure that the districts are redrawn in a fair fashion. Click here for the complete Press Release. Click here to read the Complaint.

LWVMI VOTES TO SUPPORT VNP REDISTRICTING BALLOT PROPOSAL

Over the past several months, the LWVMI Board has stated it would consider supporting the proposal once VNP had collected the requisite number of signatures and had submitted them to the Secretary of State's office.

At a special LWVMI Board meeting on December 17, the state Board voted to support the VNP ballot proposal.

As many of you know, local Leagues participated in a state redistricting study in 2011-12 which resulted in our state redistricting position. The language of the VNP ballot proposal conforms with that position.

This Board decision will be published on our LWVMI website, as well as in "League Links." We are mindful of the Campaign Finance Law requirement that restricts our spending in support of the proposal to less than $500 in direct or indirect expenditures.

Coalition Efforts Continue: For almost a year, the League has worked to form a redistricting reform coalition with other organizations that represent the diversity in our state. While we haven't been successful yet, we will continue these efforts in the coming months. We believe such a coalition is necessary for a successful ballot campaign.

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.

WHO'S WHO IN LANSING

And how to contact them. See 2015-2016 Citizen's Guide to Government issued by the Michigan Legislature; includes state agencies.