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.

ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE? HOW ABOUT YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS?

HOW ABOUT YOUR KIDS OR GRANDKIDS?

Last day to register to vote for the November 6, 2018 General Election is October 9th. Want a quick overview of how to register? Check this out!

And remember, September 25 is National Voter Registration Day.

September and October Events

There are lots of voter registration and voter awareness events scheduled for September and October - too many to list here. Please go to the Calendar page for details.

LWV-AAA has scheduled 11 public presentations to explain all three ballot proposals and the pros and cons according to the supporters and opponents of each.
Click HERE to see the entire schedule.


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JUDICIAL CANDIDATE FORUM Public event.

PROGRAM:

7:00 p.m. + 7:30 p.m. + Question & Answer Session for the 2 candidates running for the Washtenaw County 14A-1 District Court Position: Judge J. Cedric Simpson and Attorney Thomas Bourque

Break (15 minutes)

7:45 p.m. + 8:30 p.m. + Session with judicial candidates running unopposed: The purpose of this session is to educate the local community regarding the critical roles of our judiciary and local courts.
22nd Circuit Court: Judge Timothy Connors and Judge Darlene O'Brien
15th District Court: Judge Joseph Burke

WHERE: Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center, 4135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor (next to Sheriff Dept and District 14A-1 Court)

This event is open to the public. The forum will also be recorded and made available to those who are unable to attend.

Co-hosted by the local League of Women Voters, Washtenaw County Bar Association and Dispute Resolution Center.


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SEPTEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER IS HERE

August Primary Election Turnout was Great!

Washtenaw County turnout of 34.92% was more than double the turnout in 2014 (the last mid-term primary), which was a measly 16.83%. Voters are realizing that their vote is their voice and they want to be heard.

At the precinct level, we saw another story. Turnout at that level ranged from 3.87% to 54.78%. To see the details, go to election results at ewashtenaw. Click on Precincts Counted.

VOTE411.org, an on-line source of voting information

VOTE411 is now closed and will re-activate about six weeks before the November 6 election.

NOT JUST FOR STUDENTS

Check out Voting is Sexy for information for first-time voters.

POSTER CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Click HERE to read the press release and see all the winning posters.


1st PLACE BY Jack Weddell, Pioneer High

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

Cathy Whitaker described LWVAAA outreach to senior citizens with voter registration and absentee ballot application help.

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On August 13, WEMU's Lisa Barry (FM 89.1)was joined by League member Margaret Leary for a conversation about legislative redistricting, gerrymandering and why this matters for Michigan citizens. Margaret explained the proposal that will be on the ballot in November to return redistricting decisions to a non-partisan citizens' panel.
You can listen to the podcast at WEMU
Look for bi-weekly interviews on topics related to League activities.

High School Voter Registration Project was a big success

Students who will turn 18 years of age by the time of the November election can register to vote now so that they are on the rolls when it's time to vote. LWV-AAA members have been visiting area high school senior classes to explain registration and help eligible students to register on the spot. 1,125 students were registered.

UPDATE: LWV-AAA REDISTRICTING EDUCATION PROJECT

Thanks to our dozens of trained speakers, we have now presented to over 1,124 people since last spring. We've covered Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Tecumseh, Pontiac, southern Livingston County and more... GREAT, but we need to educate thousands more.
If you know of a group that would like to learn about redistricting and why it is important to our electoral process, contact Redistricting@lwvannarbor.org to request a presentation by an LWV-AAA representative. You provide the people and place, we'll provide the speaker, slideshow, equipment, and handouts. EDUCATION COMES FIRST.

Two New Leagues are being 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.