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Michigan's Online Voter Registration is Live !!

From the office of Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson:
"We are pleased to announce that the Online Voter Registration website is now available and can be found at www.Michigan.gov/VoterRegistration.

Or reach the tool by going to www.Michigan.gov/Vote and selecting the "Register to Vote" option located on the left panel of the page.

Residents across the state can take advantage of this convenient way of registering to vote. Current voters can easily change their address using this website.

Registering to vote has never been easier and can be accomplished by navigating five easy screens:

Welcome screen
Qualifications
Personal information
Address
Congratulations screen with receipt option

To use this convenient website, visitors must currently have a Michigan Driver's License or Personal Identification Card and qualify to vote in the state of Michigan (i.e., citizen, age, residency).

New registrations and changes of addresses will be passed to the Qualified Voter File (QVF) in real time!

- December 3, 2019

Preliminary Summary: "Promote the Vote" and the November 5th Election

Preliminary information from the Michigan Secretary of State shows that Michigan voters took advantage of the new Promote the Vote constitutional amendment. Within 14 days of the November 5 election, 2,022 Michigan voters registered to vote and voted, with over 1,131 registering and voting on Election Day!

One-third of those registering on Election Day were 18-21 years old and more than half were 30 years old or younger. In addition, 314 people aged 60 or older registered and voted during the 14-day timeframe.

With additional education and awareness about the new law, these numbers should only increase for the 2020 election.

March 10, 2020 Presidential Primary

The 2020 Presidential Primary is designated as a "closed primary", which means those participating in the election must choose a Democratic, Republican or no-Presidential Primary (local issues only where applicable) ballot when voting absentee or at the polls on Election Day.
While a voter must select a specific party ballot, there is no political party registration in Michigan's voter registration system.

Save the Date! Dec 11: Holiday Gathering

This year's LWVGP Holiday gathering is at the home of Sue Acton on Wednesday, Dec 11.

Members are encouraged to attend and bring their spouse, significant other, or even a good friend!

The cost is $5 per person, payable at the door. That helps cover the cost of paper goods and soft drinks.
Attendees are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert type dish.
If you care for some wine or beer, BYOB.

Please RSVP by Friday, December 6, to Vicki Granger by clicking here, or by emailing Vicki at grangergpw@aol.com.
Let us know the number attending and what you plan to bring.

Please refer to your directory for the address.

2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission

SPECIAL ALERT: Applications Now Being Accepted for the Citizens Redistricting Commission

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced at a press conference that the application process is now open for Michigan's Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Applications are now available online and can be found at www.redistrictingmichigan.org.

The League of Women Voters of Michigan is pleased the Citizens Redistricting Commission is moving forward for the 2022 election. We have worked hard for fair districts and we are excited that the end of Michigan's severely gerrymandered districts is now in sight.

According to the Secretary of State "all applications must be printed and notarized before being returned to the Michigan Department of State by June 1, 2020."

Additional fliers explaining the timeline & process for joining the commission that'll draw Michigan's political district lines are:

Save the Date! Nov 21: Gerrymandering, Redistricting, and the Census

Join us for a presentation on 'Gerrymandering, Redistricting, and the Census' which will include details of LWVMI's gerrymandering lawsuit (explained in this Detroit Free Press article) as well as the process and progress of Michigan's Citizen Redistricting Commission.

Be sure to attend, and bring a friend. This presentation is at the core of what LWV stands for - fairness in voting!

Gerrymandering, Redistricting, and the Census
Thurs, Nov 21
7 p.m.
Wayne County Community College
19305 Vernier Rd
Harper Woods, MI 48225
(Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center)

Election Results

GROSSE POINTE NEWS is reporting the election results.


Check them out here

Voter Guides Are Now Available!

Vote411.org Find the Voter Guide for your local races at Vote411.org

Videotaped Forums

The LWVGP Supports both school millages

We hope that the voters of Grosse Pointe can see the absolute necessity of voting for both of the Grosse Pointe School System's Millage Proposals. The League of Women Voters of Grosse Pointe wholeheartedly and enthusiastically supports them!

The revenues from these millages represent a whopping 25% of the budget... and.... do not represent new monies. They are continuations of monies that have been provided by the community for decades...

As a community, the School System is one of the cornerstones that make the Grosse Pointes the wonderful place it is to live.

Read the complete letter here

Sample Ballots

Some of our communities provide a Sample Ballot for citizens to view before voting.
Here are a few that are currently online.

City of GP Precinct 1, Precinct 2

GP Woods

Harper Woods

Understanding Michigan's New Voting Laws

Proposal 3 was a measure that expanded voting rights by making voting more accessible to more people. To learn about the changes, download your own copy of the LWVGP brochure New Rights for Michigan Voters

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

Candidate Forums for the Local Elections Have Been Set

Harper Woods City Council
Mon, Sept 23
7-8:30pm
WCCCD, Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center
19305 Vernier Rd., Harper Woods

GP Shores City Council CANCELLED
Mon, Oct 7
7-8:30pm
The War Memorial
32 Lake Shore, GP Farms

GP Park City Council
Tues, Oct 8
7-8:30pm
GP Park City Hall, Courtroom
15115 E. Jefferson Ave, GP Park

GP Farms City Council
Tues, Oct 15
7-8:30pm
Brownell Middle School Auditorium
260 Chalfonte, GP Farms

GP Woods City Council
Thurs, Oct 17
7-8:30pm
GP Woods City Hall, Courtroom
20025 Mack Avenue, GP Woods

City of Grosse Pointe Mayoral & City Council
Tues, Oct 22
7-8:30pm
Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church
17150 Maumee Ave, Grosse Pointe

See our flyer with additional information here

Save the Date: Thurs Sept 19 Kickoff Meeting

Our annual Kickoff Meeting will include a "Promote the Vote" update with Sharon Dolente, Voting Strategist, ACLU.

Sharon coordinated Promote the Vote efforts, and spoke at the May 2019 LWVMI convention. She will be updating us on the implementation of the Promote the Vote, successfully passed by voters in November 2018.

Thursday, Sept 19
GPW Cook Schoolhouse
20025 Mack Ave
GP Woods, MI 48236
7 pm

LWVGP Bylaws

With the merger of the Ed Fund and the LWVGP in 2019, we needed to adopt new bylaws.
Click here to review

LWV Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Webinars

A series of webinars, which provides a deeper dive into the DEI topic, began June 27th. These webinars, (recordings of the Spring ones are still available), offer tools any member can use in League work or other aspects of life. The webinars are free and you can choose to either participate or just listen in.

Sign up for these upcoming DEI webinars:

October 30, 2019. Register
November 21, 2019. Register
December 19, 2019. Register

For additional information, go to DEI webinars and resources

DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

The League of Women Voters, in both its values and practices, affirms its belief and commitment to diversity and pluralism. LWV recognizes that diverse perspectives are important and necessary for responsible and representative decision making, and subscribes to the belief that diversity and pluralism are fundamental to the values it upholds.
Inclusiveness enhances the organization's ability to respond more effectively to changing conditions and needs, and therefore, LWV will in both principles and practices promote the inclusion in participation in any activity of LWV all persons whatever their gender, race, socio-economic status, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability. Read more about the League's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion by clicking here and here.

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The League of Women Voters encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government; works to increase understanding of major public policy issues; and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League is strictly nonpartisan, neither endorsing candidates nor supporting political parties. The LWVGP, in both its values and its practices, reaffirms its commitment to diversity. Membership is open to men and women of all ages.