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.

MARCH-APRIL NEWSLETTER IS HERE

Redistricting Ballot Proposal Initiative

The League supports an independent commission as a solution to the problems with Michigan's current redistricting process. LWVMI is aware that other groups are thinking about a ballot proposal campaign. At this time, the League has not endorsed a ballot proposal or joined a coalition to do so. The LWVMI Board will evaluate the possibility of joining a ballot campaign based on the proposal and the probability of the campaign's success.

The League of Women Voters of Michigan will continue to educate the public on this important issue.

MEETINGS SCHEDULED MARCH-APRIL

Friday, March 31 noon-2pm Lunch and Learn DISCUSSION: LWVMI Powerpoint: "Should Politicians Choose Their Voters?" Reservation required

Sat, April 1, 10:00 am-noon Training how to present LWV powerpoint on redistricting.
For members only. Reservation required - go to SignUpGenius
Place: Ann Arbor Library, Westgate Branch (in Westgate Shopping Center)

SECOND SITTING - Lunch & Learn about Redistricting has been so popular that a second event has been scheduled for April 7. Members only; RESERVATION REQUIRED AT SignUpGenius Place: Cedars of Dexter Clubhouse

Wed, April 12, 11:30 - 1:00, UM Weill Hall, Betty Ford Classroom (1110), 735 S. State Street, Ann Arbor UM FORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY PUBLIC EVENT Emerging research on fracking and water policy: A panel discussion

Mon, April 24, 7:00-8:30pm PUBLIC EVENT - National Popular Vote Explained
Place: Ann Arbor Library, Westgate Branch (in Westgate Shopping Center)

Friday, April 28 noon-2pm Lunch and Learn Discussion: Global Warming 101. Reservation required

AUDIT OF NOV 7, 2016 VOTING COMPLETED

From Ruth Johnson, MI Secretary of State "The Michigan Bureau of Elections today released its audit findings for 136 Detroit precincts from the Nov. 8, 2016 general election, largely finding that human error, not illegal activity, resulted in mismatches between the number of ballots and recorded voters. Elections staff found no evidence of pervasive voter fraud or that widespread voting equipment failure led to the imbalances. " ...The total number of ballots in question was 200 out of 250,000 total cast city wide.

Bureau of Elections releases Detroit precinct audit findings Statewide audit of possible double voting also released

Full Report: Audits Conducted in Detroit and Statewide in Relation to the November 8, 2016 General Election

JUST ISSUED - YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS

YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS 2017-2018 has names and contact information for elected officials for this area including local, state and national.

LWV-US has 3 questions for Supreme Court nominee

The League sent a memo to the U.S. Senate outlining three questions that the League would like the nominee for the Supreme Court to answer during the confirmation process. The next Supreme Court Justice will play a major role in setting the course for American democracy over the coming decades.

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 2016, 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.

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.