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.
Poetry slam from the Neutral Zone LtoR Serena Varner, Julius Houston, Kyndall Flowers.
Retiring President Nancy Schewe handed over to incoming President Sue Smith
===New Board member for Program, Barb Billings, invites members and friends to join the League team and march in the Fourth of July parade in Ann Arbor.
FUND RAISER AT ALLEY BAR FOR POSTER CONTEST Thursday June 7, 7:00 p.m. 112 W Liberty, Ann Arbor Come at 8 p.m. to hear local musician Judy Banker
ANOTHER VOTER REGISTRATION TRAINING Saturday, June 9, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Ann Arbor Library - Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr, Ann Arbor, 48103 RSVP
TECUMSEH EVENT . Wed. June 13, 6:30 p.m. Tecumseh District Library, 215 N. Ottawa St. Tecumseh, MI 49286 Campaign Finance in Michigan Elections. Craig Mauger, of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, will detail how the role of money in Michigan politics has changed over the last decade. This event is open to the public.
FUND RAISER AT ALLEY BAR FOR POSTER CONTEST Thursday June 14, 7:00 p.m. 112 W Liberty, Ann Arbor
Brews & Views Wed. June 20, 7:30 pm Pointless Brewery & Theater, 3014 Packard, Ann Arbor
Gerrymandering: An Update We will connect with Voters Not Politicians for this session to get an update on the ballot initiative to amend the MI constitution to create an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission and end gerrymandering in Michigan. For those who aren't familiar with the initiative, we will briefly review its content and background. We will also hear about how Voters Not Politicians is planning to continue their work between now and November. What is the status of the legal challenge to the ballot initiative? How can we as a community support this proposal and make sure that we end gerrymandering in our state? Voters Not Politicians will answer all of these questions and the presentation will be followed by group discussion.
This event is open to the public (but must be over 21 to buy/drink alcohol.)
FUND RAISER AT ALLEY BAR FOR POSTER CONTEST Thursday June 21, 7:00 p.m. 112 W Liberty, Ann Arbor
4th FRIDAY LUNCH & LEARN Friday, June 22, 2018, Cedars of Dexter Clubhouse, 411 Cedars Lane, Dexter : We'll discuss the book, The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss, a stirring, definitive, and engrossing treatment of winning suffrage in America.
Nicola's Books will give a book club discount to purchasers who identify themselves as League Lunch & Learn participants. Get your book now so you are ready for a stimulating discussion.
Seating is limited to 30, so Reservations Required
POSTER CONTEST AWARDS CEREMONY Saturday, June 23, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, AA District Library - Pittsfield Branch 2359 Oak Valley Dr,Ann Arbor 48108
Everyone invited to meet the winning artists, see all the posters and applaud this fabulous venture.
SIGN-MAKING PARTY Saturday, June 23, 2-4 p.m. at 1734 Sanford Place, Ann Arbor. We will make signs to carry when we march in the Fourth of July parade Come join the fun and show off your artistic skills
CANDIDATE FORUMS FOR AUGUST 7 PRIMARY June 25, 26, 27 and July 9. See Calendar for details
FUND RAISER AT ALLEY BAR FOR POSTER CONTEST Thursday June 28, 7:00 p.m. 112 W Liberty, Ann Arbor
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.
Cities and Townships in Washtenaw County are recruiting registered voters and also 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 additional information from the Michigan Secretary of State, click HERE
To learn more about LWV Tecumseh, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org Their website is under development.
================================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.
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.