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.

NEWSLETTER

The JANUARY NEWSLETTER is ready.

PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY IS MARCH 8

Are you registered to vote? Check Vote411

Have questions? Here are some ANSWERS

Absentee voter ballots for the primary have been available since Jan. 23.

Who's Running?

HEY, THERE'S MORE. some proposals to vote on, too.

And for history buffs here are some Facts and Statistics about the Michigan Presidential Primary.

LWV Studies Money in Politics

A dozen LWV-AAA members met Saturday, January 30 to review study materials and discuss our position on study questions. Our consensus was submitted to LWV-US to be incorporated into the national LWV position.

Then Sunday, January 31 LWV-AAA joined ROAD and IJC to sponsor a public forum on the topic. Rich Robinson, Director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network spoke on the topic of Dark Money in Michigan elections. Rich is Michigan's premier expert on money in Michigan politics and has recently released his thoroughly researched report on the 2014 elections, Citizen's Guide 2014: Independent spenders swamped candidates

Looking At How Michigan Does Legislative Redistricting

In October and November, LWV-AAA sponsored four presentations by LWV-MI Vice President Sue Smith on how legislative redistricting is done in Michigan.

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.

Should Ann Arbor local elections be non-partisan?

LWV-AAA has been working to help Ann Arbor citizens explore alternatives to their current, partisan election system for local offices.

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.

YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS

LWV-AAA prepared listing of names and contact information of elected officials including local officials, as well as state and national. YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS

WHO'S WHO IN LANSING

And how to contact them. See 2015-2016 Citizen's Guide to Government issued by the Michigan Legislature; includes state agencies.