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.

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

Vote411.org This is your source for what's on your ballot, and there is a lot to review before the November 6 election. Don't delay, plan to do your research, select your candidates and decide on the proposals so you are ready to cast your ballot.

And you can go to the LWV-Ann Arbor Area calendar for the schedule of local candidate forums and presentations.

Looking for videos of forums and presentations?

Raising funds to support 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. Additional funds are needed now to support evidence discovery and to keep the case moving forward. Our attorneys are working pro bono. Please consider making a gift via PayPal in support of this effort. 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."

October and November 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 10 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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Brews & Views Wed. October 17th HOMES Brewery 2321 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor
The New Poor People's Campaign
Our focus for October is the "New Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival", which originally comprised twenty five state organizations and has grown to nearly forty. Built on a revival of the campaign being organized in 1968 by Martin Luther King, Jr. at the time of his assassination, the campaign works to end the silence around poverty and the struggles of poor people in this country. The campaign was launched in the early summer with 40 days of simultaneous nonviolent direct action at state capitols and continues with a focus on getting out the vote for the mid-term elections. Campaign organizers in Washtenaw County will spend the evening with us, providing us with more detail and opportunities to support the work they do.

Open to the public. You must be over 21 to drink/consume alcohol.


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Ann Arbor Library Lot Thursday, October 25, 7:00-8:30 pm
AADL Downtown 343 S. Fifth

The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area will host a panel discussion on Proposal A, the "Library Lot". Representatives from groups that support or oppose Proposal A will present their views and answer audience questions


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Fourth Friday Lunch & Learn October 26 NOON - 2 pm
Location: Cedars of Dexter Clubhouse, 411 Cedars Lane, Dexter, MI
Topic: Perspectives on the Upcoming Midterm Elections
Speaker: Lawrence (Larry) Kestenbaum is an attorney, politician, and the creator and webmaster of The Political Graveyard website. He received a Bachelor's in economics from Michigan State University followed by a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University in 1982 and has studied historic preservation at Cornell University.
Larry served as a County Commissioner in Ingham County, Michigan (1983+88) and Washtenaw County (2000+02). Since 2004 he has served as the Washtenaw County Clerk/Register of Deeds.
The Ann Arbor Observer has called Larry, "a walking encyclopedia of political trivia" so come prepared to ask questions! Larry will walk us through the preparations for the upcoming election, discuss the State Supreme Court's decision to ban "straight ticket voting", and (almost) everything you ever wanted to know about elections but were afraid to ask!

Sandwich and salad or vegetarian lunch with coffee and soda at $7 cash or BYO lunch

Reservations required: Use the link to Signup Genius
Seating is limited to 30


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Monday, November 5 7:30 pm

Get Out the Vote Concerts at two locations. Bill Edwards and other area musicians will be promoting voting. LWVAAA is co-sponsoring.

Zou Zou's Café 101 N Main St, Chelsea

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The Last Word Bar 301 W Huron St, Ann Arbor

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

On October 8, 2018, Lisa Barry of WEMU talked with Jack Weddell, winner of the LWVAAA high school poster contest, and his teacher Helen Bunch. Listen HERE

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


1st PLACE BY Jack Weddell, Pioneer High

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.

NOT JUST FOR STUDENTS

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

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.

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.