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.

OCTOBER 22, 2018 NEWSLETTER IS HERE

What's the status of the 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.

You'll find details about redistricting on The Brennan Center website:
Nationwide efforts

Michigan lawsuit

Funds are needed now to support evidence discovery and to keep the case moving forward. Our attorneys are working pro bono. 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."

December and January Events

Our Holiday Party at the Chelsea Depot was lovely - lovely setting, good food and stimulating conversation. People saw old friends and made new ones plus we learned a bit about upcoming League projects for the new year. Stay tuned for details about helping with the 2020 Census, developing an Observer Corps and more.


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There will be no Lunch and Learn in December.
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Planning for the Centennial Celebration of the 19th Amendment and founding of the League of Women Voters Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

Cedars of Dexter Clubhouse 411 Cedars Lane, Dexter, MI

Join in planning a year-long series of events across Washtenaw county to celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote. And because the League of Women Voters formed with the purpose to helping the new voters find out how to exercise their new franchise, this will be the 100th anniversary of the League as well. All who want to roll up their sleeves and participate are welcome to attend. We have invited representatives from a wide variety of area organizations who might want to partner with LWVAAA. RSVP to Nancy Schewe at njschewe@gmail.com


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PROPOSAL 2 AND PROPOSAL 3 PASSED!!

HURRAH!! We will be following their implementation with keen interest and staying alert to how LWV-AAA can help.

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. Statistics for visits to VOTE411.com are:

70,177 in Washtenaw County, 5,569 in Livingston County (Brighton- Howell area), 1,608 in Lenawee County (Adrian-Tecumseh area), and 525,945 in all of Michigan (compared with 281,066 in 2016)

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.

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

John Hansen and Karl Fink described the non-partisan Dexter Forum to Lisa Barry. Click HERE to listen.

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.