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.

VOTE411.org is LIVE!!

Be an informed voter. Before you go to the polls, check out the LWV non-partisan website VOTE411.ORG to see what will be on YOUR ballot and read your candidates' responses to questions posed by the League.

Ypsilanti Council Candidate Forum

Click HERE to view the recorded forum.

54th DISTRICT STATE REPRESENTATIVE CANDIDATE FORUM

Click HERE to view the recorded forum.

ANN ARBOR CITY COUNCIL AND STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICTS 52 AND 53 CANDIDATE FORUMS "ON DEMAND"

LWV-AAA Candidate Forums for State Representatives for Districts 52 and 53 and also for Ann Arbor City Council can be streamed "on demand" at CTN Public TV

LWV-AAA PRESIDENT ADDRESSES ANN ARBOR CITY COUNCIL

Ann Arbor City Council is considering two proposals, one to go to non-partisan elections and the other modifying council member positions to four-year staggered terms. On July 7, LWV-AAA President Nancy Schewe addressed Council describing how the two proposals could improve voter participation in government, which is a goal of League efforts.

YOU CAN HAVE YOUR OWN SUPER LWV T-SHIRT

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More volunteers at LWV art fair booth July 2012

LEARN ABOUT PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING

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.