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.
It's not a requirement, but to help us plan, please SIGNUP if you plan to come. But don't hesitate to come if you have not signed up.
If you are not able to come on Feb 21st, contact PromotetheVote@lwvannarbor.org, tell us you want to help circulate the petition and we'll keep you posted on how to join in with League teams.
For more information, go to https://promotethevotemi.com/
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.
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Lunch & Learn Friday, February 23, noon-2 pm Cedars of Dexter Club house, 411 Cedars Lane, Dexter RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
Topic: From Founding to Suffrage: Voting Rights in America An interactive presentation offering an eye-opening look at who could vote and when as we prepare for this year's League focus on voting.
Sandwiches & salad - $6 cash or feel free to bring your own.
Brews & Views Community-Guided Voter Registration Planning Wednesday, February 28th at 7:30 pm HOMES Brewery, 2321 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor We will hear from Nation Outside representatives about their experiences returning from prison and the kinds of support they need from the community, especially regarding access to voting. Following this presentation we will discuss voter registration efforts for the underserved in Washtenaw County and collaborate on a path forward. This event is open to the public (but must be over 21 to buy/drink alcohol.) League members are encouraged to invite non-members to attend.
Orientation to the League of Women Voters Monday, March 19, 7:00 pm at AALibrary Westgate Branch,2503 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor (in Westgate shopping center). Get a coffee at Sweetwaters and join us to learn how the League promotes good government. Open to members and non-members alike.
Immigrant Prisons Series Film. Film produced and distributed by Brave New Films followed by speakers from area organizations Wednesday, March 21, 2018 7:00 - 9:00 pm Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center,4135 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor 48108
The US has the largest immigrant prison system in the world, 380,000 - 420,000 persons a year. Join us to learn more about the immigrant prison industry; how immigration and private prisons participate in a $5 billion dollar a year industry. Learn from our community groups how we are engaged to help immigrants in our community.
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Responding to many requests, a copy of the PowerPoint presentation from the training is available HERE
================================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.