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Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Assessment Proposal

The League of Women Voters (LWV) is a non-partisan political organization. We don't support or oppose any candidate. We do, however, advocate for or oppose issues for which the League has established a position. Such an issue is regional transportation. We, the undersigned local League Presidents, urge you to vote yes to authorize the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Assessment Proposal on November 8.

A YES vote for the RTA proposal will benefit residents, communities and businesses by connecting Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties; increasing independence for seniors and people with disabilities; connecting people to work; and boosting economic development. Currently, 92 percent of jobs in the region can't be reached within 60 minutes using existing transit. Every $1 invested in regional transit returns about $4 in economic benefits, thus increasing economic growth. Reliable, connected regional transit will ensure frequent, seamless service throughout Southeast Michigan for the first time. Our region will achieve all of that with a 1.2 mil property tax that will cost the average household $96 per year.

For more information, visit:, and vote "yes" on November 8.

Local LWV Presidents:
Nancy Schewe, Ann Arbor Area
Betsy Cushman, Dearborn/Dearborn Heights
Suzanne Cleage, Detroit State Unit
Tom Wells, Grosse Pointe

Angela Ryan, Northwest Wayne County
Jerry Burden, Oakland Area
Pamela Brady, Troy Area

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Missed one of our school board forums? Watch a rebroadcast online

Harper Woods School Board

Grosse Pointe School Board
This will also be shown on Comcast Channel 20 at 11:00 am and 6:00 pm.

LWV Macomb County Voter Services rebroadcasts

Voter Guides on

To build your personalized voter guide, go to, which provides voter guides; helps the electorate find their polling place; check voting hours; and read tips about voting in Michigan.

Voters need simple, helpful tools to navigate the voting process and election day, and is the nation's premiere, on-line election resource now available.

For additional information & voter guides, you can go to:
1) Type in your complete address
2) Click "Get personalized information on candidates and issues"
3) Click "Show my races"
4) Click the individual candidates to read their responses and compare their qualifications

Check on your voter registration & the status of your absentee ballot at the SOS website

Are you registered to vote this November?
Check your registration by going to the Secretary of State's website.
Your registration can be checked with drivers license number & date of birth -OR- name, date of birth, and zip code.
You can also
  • track your absentee ballot (when application request received/ballot sent/ballot received)
  • see a sample ballot.

MI SOS: What Every Voter Needs to Know

Click here for a comprehensive voter Q&A from the Secretary of State regarding November 8th election

Important links to the Secretary of State's Office for voting information

Save the Date: Nov 15: Consensus Meeting on Taxation & Budgeting

A consensus meeting on revision to LWVMI position on "Taxation and Budgeting" has been set.

Tues, Nov. 15 at 7:00 p.m.

The November 15 meeting will take place at Jan and Tom Well's home. Please refer to your directory or your Voter for the address.

LWVMI materials to aid in the prep and understanding of the issue and the consensus can be found at:
For more information or questions pertaining to the study, contact Connie Frey

Please note two meetings were initially scheduled. Now however, consensus procedures will be combined & take place in just one meeting on November 15 at 7:00. The Nov.10 session has been cancelled.

Macomb County Voter Services (MCVS) Meetings

MCVS will continue to meet on the first Monday of the month. The next regular meeting will be

Monday, Oct 3rd
7:00 pm
Mt Clemens Library, Small Conference Room
150 Cass Ave
Mt Clemens 48043

For additional information, contact Macomb County Voter Services at or through their facebook page

Oct 19: L'Anse Creuse Board of Ed Candidate Forum (MCVS)

The Macomb County Voter Services have planned a L'Anse Creuse Candidate Forum. Details include:

Wed, Oct 19, 7:00 pm
Harry L. Wheeler Community Center & Administrative Offices
24076 Frederick V. Panko Blvd.
Clinton Twp, 48036

Contact MCVS for additional details at

Oct 13: GPPS School Board's candidate forum

The date for the Grosse Pointe School Board's candidate forum, with 9 candidates now running for four slots (previously there were 10), has been set. It will be held:

October 13th
7:00 pm
Grosse Pointe South High School
Wicking Library
11 Grosse Pointe Blvd
Grosse Pointe Farms, 48236

This will be filmed and links will be available on our website and Facebook page.

Oct 13: State Rep District 36 Candidate Forum (MCVS)

The Macomb County Voter Services is hosting a candidate forum for the position of State Representative, 36th District.

Members of the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions of candidates, Peter J. Lucido (R) and Diane Young (D).

The forum will be held
Thurs, Oct 13
7:00-8:00 pm

Shelby Township Hall,
52700 Van Dyke
Shelby Township, MI 48316

Oct 11: Harper Woods School Board's candidate forum

The date for the "Harper Woods School Board's candidate forum" has been set. It will be held:

October 11th
Time: 6:30-8:15 (note the changed start time)
Harper Woods Library
Lower Level
19601 Harper Ave
Harper Woods, MI 48225

Oct 6: Regional Transit Authority Millage Proposal

The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) of Southeast Michigan will have a millage proposal on the November ballot. LWVMI is part of A Coalition for Transit (ACT) which supports the proposal in the 4 counties of Macomb, Wayne, Oakland and Washtenaw.

Attend our information meeting to discuss the issues:

Thurs Oct 6
7:00 pm
Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center
19305 Vernier
Harper Woods, MI 48225
(Across from Eastland Mall)

Print out the flier here about Oct 6 event:

For more information go here.

Oct 4: Clinton Twp Candidate Forum (MCVS)

The Macomb County Voter Services have planned a Clinton Township Candidate Forum. Details include:

Tuesday. Oct 4th
7:00 pm
Training and Conference Center
Verkuilen Building
21885 Dunham Rd
Clinton Township, 48036

Contact MCVS for additional details at

Sept 28: Speaker Jocelyn Benson at Kickoff Meeting

Come hear Dr. Jocelyn Benson, the former dean of the Wayne State Law School.Jocelyn Benson She will speak to us on "What Makes Democracy Work". Her presentation will include issues such as redistricting, voting rights, campaign financing, and amending the Constitution.

Dr. Benson is an expert in civil rights law, education law, and election law. She is founder and executive director of the nonpartisan Michigan Center for Election Law, which hosts projects that support transparency and integrity in elections. Her 2010 book, State Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process, is the first major book on the role of the secretary of state in enforcing election and campaign finance laws.

Wednesday, Sept 28
7:00 pm
The John A. and Marlene L. Boll House
158 Ridge Rd
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

Do you need to register for this year's upcoming election?

Print out The Voter Registration Application and hand deliver it to your City Clerk:

But please note, a very important message from Michigan's Secretary of State's Office:

Michigan election law requires that you must appear in person to vote in the first election in which you wish to participate.

This requirement does not apply if you: (1) personally hand deliver this form to your county, city or township clerk's office instead of mailing the form, (2) are 60 years of age or older, (3) are disabled, or (4) are eligible to vote under the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.

Not sure if you'll be able to vote in person on November 8th and worry about qualifying for an absentee ballot?

Other possible solutions:

1. Vote in the August 2 primary and satisfy the "First Time Voter" requirement. (Besides, state and local elections are just as important!)

Per Michigan's SOS site:
"Voting in person on one governmental level clears the restriction on the other levels. For example, if a voter subject to the restriction votes in person at a school election, the voter would be free to obtain an absentee ballot for the first state election in which he or she wishes to participate"

2. Apply for your Absentee Voter Ballot in person with your City Clerk

Per Michigan's SOS FAQ page:
QUES: I must vote in person, because I registered to vote by mail and have not voted in Michigan before. Is there a way I can vote absentee?

ANS: If you are subject to the "voting in person" requirement and have a need for an absent voter ballot, you can satisfy the requirement by requesting an absent voter ballot in person from the clerk of the city or township where you are registered to vote by the day preceding the election.

The deadline to register to vote is 30 days before the election:
July 5:
Last day to register for Aug 2 primary
Oct 11: Last day to register for the Nov 8 election

For full, official, & complete details from the Secretary of State, print out the SOS pamphlet, Michigan Votes: Make Your Voice Heard: Your Guide to Registering and Voting in Michigan

Already registered but want to make sure everything's up-to-date?
Check the status of your registration here

LWVGP Presidents

Presidents Photo
Judy, Ann, Tom, and Mary

Many thanks to our outgoing Presidential Team, Judy Morlan, Ann Nicholson, and Mary Zahler. And congratulations to LWVGP's new President, Tom Wells.

May 14th: A Very Special Annual Spring Meeting

We are so fortunate to have Mr. Dan Carmody, President of the Eastern Market, as our speaker! Mr. Carmody enjoys a great reputation for public speaking and promoting our beloved Eastern Market. Even though "Flower Week-end" (at the market), occurs at the same time as our Annual Meeting, he has agreed to speak to us with the proviso that he can do so as early as possible.
Therefore, we are starting at 8:00 A.M. with registration and coffee, and Mr. Carmody will speak at 8:30 sharp. Breakfast and the Annual Meeting will follow.

Please join us for this great morning on
May 14, 8:00 A.M.
The Country Club of Detroit
220 Country Club Dr
GP Farms, MI 48236

Click here to print out the Registration Form.

Plan to be in attendance for the speaker at 8:30.
Hope to see you there!

LWV-US "Use Your Voice" Concerts a Success

The LWV-US "Use Your Voice" tour, carried out by award-winning artists Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins, and Anais Mitchell proved to be quite a success.

They performed at the Macomb Center March 19th and the LWV Macomb Unit was invited to participate in the concert's promotion.

Continue to read about it here

"Overall, League representatives spoke directly to tens of thousands of voters through the tour and personally assisted thousands of individuals by helping them register to vote, update their voter registration, or find answers to other voting-related questions."


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Voter Registration Drives at Local Education Institutions

In these turbulent political times many young people are interested in the November election.

Any citizen who will be 18 before Election Day can register now, and our League has arranged to set up a registration table at three sites:

Wed, May 18 at Grosse Pointe South Table will be up approximately 9:00-3:30, but we expect the busy time to be over the two lunches.

Mon, May 23 at Wayne County Community College University Center (on Vernier across from Eastland) We will man a table 8:30-1:00, but we expect the busy time to be during the mid-morning break and after.

Wed, June 8 at Grosse Pointe North, 9:00-11:30 during graduation rehearsal

Interested in helping out? Contact Ann Nicholson or Judy Morlan with the times you are available. We are aiming for 6 people during the busiest times.

LWVUS' Interesting & Informative Slide Show for Women's History Month and the League's 96 Years

To celebrate Women's History Month, the LWVUS has pulled some pictures from its archives and put together a brief slide show highlighting a few of the League's accomplishments over the last 96 years. Check it out here

Hot Off The Press: LWVGP's "Your Government Officials 2016" is now available

LWVGP's comprehensive brochure for 2016 which lists the officials who represent you in the many different levels of government is now available. Look for it at local city halls, schools, libraries and other civic institutions, or print it out here:
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