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Speaker Jocelyn Benson at Kickoff Meeting- Sept 28

Come hear Dr. Jocelyn Benson, 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.

Dean 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
SOC
158 Ridge Rd
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

BEFORE VOTING on 8/2, Check out LWVGP's 2 Candidate Forums for the Pointes' State Reps' Elections

The LWVGP candidate forums have been videotaped. Learn about the candidates who will be representing YOU in Lansing.

District 1
District 2 JUST IN! Sorry for the delay!

REMINDER:
GP Woods, GP Shores, and Harper Woods are in Michigan House District 1.

Grosse Pointe, GP Park, and GP Farms are in Michigan House District 2.

CITY HALLS' POSTINGS OF SAMPLE BALLOTS

Before elections, a few of the Pointes' city halls post a sample ballot. It can be helpful to know ahead of time all the races that you'll be asked to vote on.

We'll post the link here as they're offered.

City of Grosse Pointe:
District 1 District 2

Grosse Pointe Woods

Harper Woods

Macomb County Voter Services: Summer Meetings Schedule Has Been Set

Mon, Jul 11, 7:00 pm
Mt Clemens Library, Community Room

150 Cass Ave
Mt Clemens 48043

Mon, Aug 1, 7:00 pm
Mt Clemens Library, Small Conference Room

150 Cass Ave
Mt Clemens 48043

Mon, Aug 29, 7:00 pm
Mt Clemens Library, Small Conference Room

150 Cass Ave
Mt Clemens 48043

For additional information, contact Macomb County Voter Services at lwvmacomb@gmail.com or through their facebook page

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

Primary Elections Candidate Forums This July

The invitations have been sent out for the Forums for the Primary Elections on August 2.

State Representative for District 1 Forum
Tues, July 12th, 7:30 pm
Wayne County Community College

19305 Vernier Rd
Harper Woods, MI 48225
(Across from Eastland Mall)

State Representative for District 2 Forum
Thurs, July 14th, 7:30 pm
Wayne County Community College

19305 Vernier Rd
Harper Woods, MI 48225
(Across from Eastland Mall)

Wayne County Commissioner District 1 Candidate Forum
*We apologize but the Wayne County Commissioner forum had to be cancelled.

These Forums will be held in conjunction with the Detroit League.
The college will be doing the videotaping. The videos will be shown on cable television in the Grosse Pointes. Each library should have a copy as well.

REMINDER:
Grosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointe Shores, and Harper Woods are in Michigan House District 1.

Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Park, and Grosse Pointe Farms are in Michigan House District 2.

SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE INTERVIEWS

The Grosse Pointe School Board has requested that the LWVGP provide a moderator for their interview process to fill the vacancy for the remaining time left in Trustee Lois Valente's term with her announced resignation effective June 30.

There will be three interview sessions on:
Wednesday, June 29
5:30, 7:00 and 8:30 pm
Brownell Middle School
Multipurpose Room
260 Chalfonte
GP Farms, MI 48236

Currently, there are 24 candidates that have thrown their hat in the ring. So the three sessions will have eight candidates each. The Board will choose the questions, so each candidate will have the opportunity to respond to the same questions.

The sessions will be open to the public, but no questions will be allowed from the audience.

Tom Wells, LWVGP President, will be the moderator. The LWV format will be followed. This is a great opportunity to showcase the League's commitment to unbiased electorate education. Any members who wish to be present are welcomed. We will also have promotional materials available to hand out.

Click here for link to page on the GP Schools website with all candidates listed, and links to their applications.

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

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."

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!

THE LEAGUE IS WORKING TO STRENGTHEN OUR DEMOCRACY AND OUR COMMUNITIES

Join the League of Women Voters and be part of an organization that is:

  • Empowering millions of voters to exercise their right to vote by holding voter registration drives, sponsoring candidate forums and debates, and educating the public about their rights on Election Day.

  • Protecting the right to vote against threats and ensuring that every vote is counted by fighting for and implementing voting systems that are free, fair and accessible.

  • Advocating for positive change at the local, state and national level on issues such as education, government accountability and money in politics.

  • Fostering civil dialogue about important community issues, such as government spending, climate change, immigration and civil liberties.

Join Today

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.

April 28: Coney Island Caper

Join us for our one and only fundraiser for 2016. The event will be held:

Thursday, April 28
5:30-7:30 pm
Tompkins Center at Windmill Pointe Park
14920 Windmill Pointe Dr dancing hotdog
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230

The "Coney Island Caper" has been designed for members, their family, friends, and new member prospects in mind. We will offer all the Coneys you can eat, plus salad, chips, cookies, beer, wine, and soft drinks.

It'll be a fun-filled evening of food and camaraderie. Not only will this be an opportunity to socialize, but also your support for the LWVGP will enable us to continue our important mission of educating and engaging the voting public.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for kids (10 and under). Contact Joan at 585 4437 or George at 549 6363 for tickets. (Both numbers have 313 area codes). Members, yours will be arriving in the mail.

MARCH 19TH: USE YOUR VOICE

This Spring, our League is participating in the #UseYourVoiceTour featuring artists Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins and Anais Mitchell. At each stop on the nationwide tour, League volunteers will be helping fans prepare for the upcoming elections in their community by registering voters and helping voters answer their elections questions.

March 19th, they will be performing at the Macomb Center. The LWV Macomb Unit has been invited to participate in the concert's promotion, attend the show and give a brief pre-concert announcement describing the League's work.

March 19, 8:00 pm
Macomb Center
44575 Garfield Rd
Clinton Twp, MI 48038

Call or click for tickets today!
586.286.2222 | www.MacombCenter.com

For additional information, check out the flyer


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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VOTE411.ORG: Your Election Resource

Vote411.org

To build your personalized voter guide, go to Vote411.org, 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 Vote411.org is the nation's premiere, on-line election resource now available.

For additional information & voter guides, you can go to: Vote411.org
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

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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.