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GPP & GPS City Council Elections: Check out VOTE411.ORG for voter guides

To build your personalized voter guide, go to, which provides voter guides; helps the electorate find their City Council district & 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
5) Choose your favorite candidates & print your sample ballot to take to the polls

GP League Activities for LWV's 3 Studies

Wed, Oct 21, 7:00 pm
"Redistricting in Michigan"

GP War Memorial
32 Lake Shore Rd, GPF
Speaker: Judy Karandjeff, LWV-MI President

Thurs, Oct 29, 7:00 pm
"Amending the Constitution"

LWVGP Membership Consensus Meeting
Home of Fran S
264 McMillan Rd, GPF

Thurs, Nov 12, 7:00 pm
"Money in Politics"

GP United Methodist Church
211 Moross Rd, GPF
Speaker: Rich Robinson, Michigan Campaign Finance Network

Oct 10: Presented by the LWV-Oakland Area: "Policing in the 21st Century"

Saturday, October 10, 9:30 am
Northwest Universalist Unitarian Church
23925 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48075
(southbound Northwestern service drive and halfway between 10 and 9 Mile)

Sheriff Michael Bouchard of Oakland County
Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon of Wayne County

Jerry Burden, President of Oakland Area League of Women Voters and a retired police officer

Each panelist will give a 10 minute statement. Written questions from the audience will then be accepted.

A continental breakfast will be served at 9:30 am with the panel discussion beginning at 10:00 am.
Cost: $15.00 per person.
RSVP by Oct. 8 to League of Women Voters Oakland Area
Phone: 248/594-6602 and Fax: 248/594-6603
Website: and e-mail:

Candidate Forums for the Pointes Have Been Set

Two candidate forums have been booked as there are 2 cities with contested municipal races: Grosse Pointe Park and Grosse Pointe Shores. The candidates from the other Grosse Pointe cities and Harper Woods are not being contested.


Tues, September 29th
7:30 pm until 9:00 pm
Municipal Building, in the Courtroom
15115 E Jefferson
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230

NOTE: GP War Memorial TV will be broadcasting the forum: Oct. 5-11, at 7:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.
Comcast Channels 5 & 915, AT&T-99; WOW-18

The candidates who filed for Council are:
John Chouinard, Daniel E. Clark, Barbara Detwiler, Edward V. Keelean, and William P. Shield, Jr.
The mayoral candidate, Robert Denner is running uncontested.


Thurs, October 1st
7:30 pm
Neighborhood Club
17150 Waterloo St
Grosse Pointe, MI 48230

The candidates for the Shores are:
Rebecca Booth, Tina Ellis, Robert Gesell, Douglas Kucyk, and Paul Thursam.
The mayoral candidate, Ted Kedzierski is running uncontested.

Both forums will have audience-generated questions with time for each candidate to give their responses. The audience will also be able to listen to each candidate's opening and closing statements.

The Grosse Pointe War Memorial will film each forum. These films will be shown on the War Memorial's local channel at a future date.

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

October 21: "Redistricting in Michigan"

A presentation about the issues of redistricting has been scheduled for

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7:00 pm
GP War Memorial
32 Lake Shore Rd
GP Farms, MI 48236

The LWV of Michigan Announces 30-plus Redistricting Educational Town Halls: "Redistricting in Michigan: Should Politicians Choose Their Voters, or Voters their Politicians?"

(LANSING) The League of Women Voters of Michigan announced today that it would host over 30 Town Halls throughout the fall to educate the public on the importance of redistricting. The presentation will explore how legislative lines are drawn in Michigan, who draws them and why it is a critically important question for those concerned about fair representation.

"In Michigan the district lines are drawn by elected officials in the legislature, effectively allowing politicians to choose their voters, rather than voters their elected leaders," said Judy Karandjeff, President of the League of Women Voters of Michigan. "This system gives the political party in power at the time a tremendous advantage but is this the best system for voters? Our Town Halls will explore central questions, such as: What are the consequences of partisan drawn districts that favor one party over another? Is there a better and fairer way to do this? What are the alternatives?"

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision on Arizona's Independent Restricting Commission said there is an alternative and that citizens, not just politicians, have the right to decide how Congressional district lines are drawn. The decision has grabbed the public's attention. Some have asked if Michigan, like Arizona, should use an independent commission to draw the lines, not only for the Congressional Districts, but for the State House and Senate, as well. This alternative and others will be explored in-depth at the town hall.

"Government is supposed to of, by and for the people, but more and more it seems to ordinary voters that their voices are not being heard and that our elected leaders are becoming more extreme, less compromising and more disconnected from a public they are supposed to serve," said President Karandjeff. "Instead, special interests and lobbyists seem to get the attention of our elected leaders. We need to ask fundamental questions about why this is happening and whether allowing politicians to draw their own districts contributes to the problem."

A complete list of Town Halls by date and location can be found on the League of Women Voters website at:
The events are free and open to the public. All are invited to attend.

October 29: "Amending the Constitution" Consensus Meeting

Calling All Members!
Our League will be taking consensus on "Amending the Constitution"

Thursday, October 29
7:00 pm
Home of Fran S.
264 McMillan, GPF

To read the consensus questions and a brief pro and con for each question, click

Our League held an informational meeting in April to review how the Constitution can be amended and how this process has unfolded in the past.

The answers to the consensus questions will create League policy on when we might support an amendment; under what circumstances we would support a Constitutional Convention; and if our policy on those two aspects could be set aside in favor of our policy on a particular issue.

Consensus is due by December 1st and our answers will be submitted to the national committee which will tally answers from around the country to arrive at a position on this topic.

Please let Jan Wells at know if you plan to attend so that there are sufficient handouts.

September 22: National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day, founded by the League of Women Voters and other voting rights and community organizations in 2012, has been a highly effective nonpartisan campaign to register tens of thousands of eligible voters on one single day through on-the-ground neighborhood events as well as online. Embraced by President Obama earlier this year on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, as well as a host of celebrities, bipartisan elected officials and organizations, NVRD is building steam in 2015 with hundreds of events already planned as the primaries and caucuses for the 2016 elections quickly approach.

The League of Women Voters of Grosse Pointe empowers our voters through education, registration and get-out-the-vote activities in every election. We host candidate and issue forums and registration drives while also providing trusted and timely elections information on We do this because we believe our democracy is strongest when every voice is heard.

It is easy to register to vote or update your registration online at the LWV website This site also helps voters find their polling place, check voting hours and read tips about voting in Michigan.

You can also register with your county or city clerk or at any Secretary of State branch office. Online help can be found at
You can print out the Voter Registration Application here

DFP's Stephen Henderson to Speak in September

Attend LWVGP's Special Night with a Distinguished Voice of Detroit!

September 16, 7:00
Unitarian Church
17150 Maumee, GP 48230

An evening with Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press.

Stephen Henderson Mr. Henderson, the DFP Editorial Page Editor, is a native Detroiter, who grew up in the Lafayette Park area. He is a graduate of University of Detroit Jesuit High School and the University of Michigan. He also serves as host for "American Black Journal" and a contributor for "MiWeek".

This past year he received a 2014 Pulitzer Prize and 2014 Scripps Howard Award for Commentary.

Mr. Henderson is first and foremost a citizen of Detroit, then of Michigan. His topic for the evening: "Detroit: Bringing Its Success to the Neighborhoods"

Our League is co-sponsoring this event with the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church Alliance. It is a gift to the community, so please pass the word and plan to attend with guests!

Annual Meeting for the LWV Lake Michigan Region

The LWV Lake Michigan Region will hold its annual meeting and conference on September 25-26 in Glenview, IL.

Speakers will include:

Dr. Abigail Derby Lewis
Conservation Ecologist, The Field Museum
Co-Chair: Chicago Wilderness Climate Change Task Force

Molly Flanagan
Policy Director, Alliance for the Great Lakes
Former Senior Program Officer
Environmental Program, Joyce Foundation

Click here to see the flyer about the event.

Judy and Gordon Morlan attended this meeting in Traverse City last fall and found it to be exciting and informative.

Want to know more? Contact our Natural Resource Director, Gordon Morlan at

LWVGP Commissions one of Grosse Pointe's Butterfly Benches!

The LWVGP has sponsored one of the community benches for GP Chamber of Commerce's "Seat Yourself in Grosse Pointe" event. Benches will first be on display Thursday, June 25, at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford home. On September 25 it will be sold to the highest bidder, who can then display it permanently. In between those times, you will be able to check it out at the Neighborhood Club.

LWV - COMING TO MACOMB COUNTY! Volunteers needed!

Democracy Is Not a Spectator Sport!

The League of Women Voters (LWV), a nonpartisan, non-profit, political organization, invites all Macomb County residents, male and female, to join the newly formed LWV Macomb County Voter Services organization.

The LWV encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

To learn more about how you can help create more educated, informed voters, please join us

Thurs, August 6
6:00 p.m.
Civic Center Library
The Mark Twain Room
One City Square
Warren, MI 48093
(across from the GM Tech Center)

For more information, send an email to

LWV - Coming to Macomb County!

LWV is organizing in Macomb County and continues to make inroads into the formation of a Voter Services team.

Their next steps are to establish a meeting venue and distribute flyers in an effort to recruit the necessary people to help with the first forum, for the city of Warren.

You can check out their facebook page at Facebook/LWVMacomb County

For questions, or if you're able to help. Contact Maria at

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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.