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.

SUMMER NEWSLETTER IS HERE

There's lots going on. Check the newsletter for dates for candidate forums and more.

LWV-AAA Is Getting Ready for November General Election

Events are planned to help voters meet their candidates and hear their positions on the issues.

September 21, at Chelsea Retirement Community, 805 West Middle St., Chelsea

6:30 pm - Three Candidates for U.S. Congressional District 7.
7:15 pm - Chelsea School Board Candidates

Community Television Network televised forums (will be available on demand following each event)

Tues Sept 27
7pm AA School Board (8 candidates for 3 positions)
9pm AA City Council Ward 5 (2 candidates)
9:45pm AA Ballot Proposal to change mayor/council terms

Tues Oct 4
7pm WCC Trustees (10 candidates for 2 positions)
9pm Wash. County Commission District 2

Mon Oct 10
7pm - AA District Library Board (8 candidates for 4 positions)
9pm - Wash. County Sheriff

Tues Oct 11
7pm State Rep District 52
8pm State Rep District 53
9pm State Rep District 55

Thurs Sept 29, 7pm, location TBD : Regional Transit Authority Ballot Proposal for new millage to support development of public transportation in SE Michigan

Thurs Oct 5, 7pm, Ypsilanti District Library on Whittaker Rd : State House Representative, District 54

Thurs Oct 13 (date may change), 6:30-9pm, Conor O'Neill's Celtic Room, 318 S. Main, Ann Arbor : U.S. Congressional District 12 (4 candidates)

VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN

This Fall, as part of the LWV mission to increase citizen participation in the election process, LWV-AAA plans a series of voter registration projects:

Sat. Sept 10 Chelsea Farmers' Market- 222 S. Main
Tue. Sept 13 Ypsilanti Farmers' Market- 16 S. Washington
Sat. Sept 24 AA Farmers' Mkt- 315 Detroit
Tue. Sept 27 AA District Library- 343 S. Fifth

LEARN ABOUT PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING

YOU CAN HAVE YOUR OWN SUPER LWV T-SHIRT

For order form, go to FORM

More volunteers at LWV art fair booth July 2012

LWV in Action

In February, the New York Times had an article titled Republicans Hijack an Election Agency.
If you read to the end of the article, you will see LWV named as one of several voting rights groups suing to stop unilateral action by the commission's new executive director. The name and reputation of LWV as a non-partisan advocate for voting rights continues to have influence. Your voice as a citizen is magnified when you join with other LWV members to speak out.

Meet Your State Elected Officials

We surveyed our LWV-AAA members last summer and found that meeting with our elected officials is seen as a priority for many members. We have asked our area's four Michigan House Representatives to send us information on their constituent meeting schedules for 2016. All schedule their coffees on Saturday mornings; see details below.
We will continue to include the schedules for these constituent meetings in upcoming issues of the LWV-AAA newsletter so you know when these opportunities arise.

Gretchen Driskell, Michigan House of Representatives, 52nd District covers the northern and western suburban Washtenaw County areas outside Ann Arbor.
Jeff Irwin, Michigan House of Representatives, 53rd District covers much of central-east Washtenaw County on either bank of the Huron River, comprising almost the entirety of the City of Ann Arbor, except for the northeastern part (between North Campus and Ann Arbor Township). Unless there is a conflict, Rep. Irwin's coffee hours are always the 4th Saturday of the month from 10-12 at Espresso Royale in downtown Ann Arbor (214 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104).
David Rutledge, Michigan House of Representatives, 54th District covers the eastern portion of Washtenaw County, and includes Superior Township and Ypsilanti Township, as well as the City of Ypsilanti.
Adam Zemke, Michigan House of Representatives, 55th District includes the northern part of the city of Ann Arbor, a portion of the city of Milan, and the townships of Ann Arbor, Augusta, Pittsfield and York. Rep. Zemke always has coffee hours the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month at 10 am. The 2nd Saturdays are always at Brewed Awakenings in Saline (7025 E. Michigan Ave), and the 4th Saturdays alternate between The Espresso Bar in Ann Arbor (204 S. Fourth Ave, above Literati) and The Morning Owl in Milan (9 W. Main Street). A link to Representative Zemke's coffee hour calendar is available at 055.housedems.com or by following the "Calendar" link on his website at http://housedems.com/state-rep-adam-zemke.
Below are the specific dates and locations we have so far received for 2016.
May 21 10-11am Rep. Zemke The Morning Owl, 9 W Main St, Milan
May 28 10-12am Rep. Irwin Espresso Royale, 214 S. Main Ann Arbor

YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS

LWV-AAA prepared listing of names and contact information of elected officials including local officials, as well as state and national. YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS

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.