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.
November 13, seventeen LWV-AAA members met at the Michigan Theater for a viewing party of Suffragette the new movie about the suffrage movement in England. After the movie they adjourned to Knights' Restaurant across the street for dinner and conversation.
These events are part of a series of informational meetings being hosted by the League in communities around the state.
Redistricting, in its purest sense, is a question of policy: What is the fairest way to ensure the most equal representation for Michiganders? After every 10-year census, Michigan electoral districts are re-drawn by the Michigan Legislature. The majority party, sometimes Republican and sometimes Democrat, controls the process, with predictable outcomes.
A growing number of Michigan citizens think there must be a better way. The Detroit Free Press Editorial Board, in the August 9 issue, presented the issues and identified players involved.
With the approval of the AAPS School Board, LWV-AAA President Nancy Schewe posts an LWV-AAA sign at Mitchell School reminding passers by of the upcoming election and the importance of voting. Signs were put at all 30 Ann Arbor schools. They have been removed now, and will be saved until needed again.
For $10 you can have your own yard sign to use for the November 3rd election and then over-and-over at each election time. Email SIGNS@lwvannarbor.org for details on how to purchase.
At their July 21 meeting, the Ann Arbor City Council considered the issue, then voted 7-4 NOT to put the question of non-partisan elections on the Fall 2015 ballot.
LWV-AAA will continue to work to inform the citizens of Ann Arbor about this topic. Read LWV-AAA President Nancy Schewe's guest column for more information.