Making Democracy Work

About the League

What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history?

Annual Meeting 2018

[Error: Bad image reference AnnualMeeting2018poetry200pxl.jpg]Poetry slam from the Neutral Zone LtoR Serena Varner, Julius Houston, Kyndall Flowers.

During a brief business meeting, new Officers and Directors were elected: President - Sue Smith, Vice President - Joan Sampieri, Secretary - Sue Smereck, Treasurer - Betty Bishop, Director Advocacy - Carolyn Madden, Director Program - Barbara Billings, Director Voter Service - Donna Crudder, Director Membership - Barb Brown, Director Communications - Susan Wooley, Director At Large - Sally Allen, Representative Tecumseh - Jan Salsberry, Representative Brighton/Howell - Ellen Lafferty, Nominating Committee (2019) - Dee Dishon and Gwynne Fisher

Annual Report 2017

Click HERE to read the Annual Report for 2017-2018 activities of the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area.

and HERE for the Budget.

Old News - But Fun

Newspaper clipping from 1973 covering the annual LWV interview with 2nd District Republican Congressman Marvin Esch.

Representative Esch participated via speaker phone (LWV was high tech even then) because he was in Washington working on the energy bill that was passed that year (remember the gasoline shortages of 1973?).

He said that his priorities for the upcoming session of Congress included pension reform, tax reform, housing, education, restructuring Congress, and campaign financing reform. Those are still topics facing our government today.

Our Mission and Roles

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. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.

The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

  • Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.

  • Action/Advocacy: we are also nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization. The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.

Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.

Other League Organizations

Our Ann Arbor Area League is one of 22 local Leagues throughout Michigan. We are currently sponsoring two newly formed "Units" - Tecumseh and Brighton-Howell. After two years successful operation, each of these groups will become official local Leagues for their area.

Our members are also members of


History of the League of Women Voters

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