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LWVMI & Coalition Promote Constitutional Amendment for Comprehensive Election Reform

The League of Women Voters of Michigan supports the Promote the Vote constitutional amendment because of the belief that voting is a fundamental citizen right that must be guaranteed. It supports provisions to increase the security, convenience, and accessibility of voting so that everyone's voice is heard.

For the PROMOTE the VOTE ballot initiative--League members and others will be collecting signatures with plans to have the proposal on the ballot in November 2018. To change the Constitution, a majority of Michigan voters have to approve the proposed amendment. The Legislature cannot change the Constitution without a vote of the people

The PROMOTE the VOTE ballot initiative would amend Michigan's Constitution to:

  • Protect the right to vote a secret ballot
  • Ensure military service members and overseas voters get their ballots in time for their votes to count
  • Provide voters with the option to vote straight party
  • Automatically register citizens to vote at the Secretary of State's office unless the citizen declines
  • Permit citizens to register to vote by mail or in person until 15 days before an election
  • Allow citizens to register to vote in person with proof of residency within two weeks of and on Election Day
  • Provide all registered voters access to an absentee ballot for any reason
  • Ensure the accuracy and integrity of elections by auditing election results

For additional information, check out this brief powerpoint

A LWVGP committee is now being organized. Contact Sue Acton at lwvgrossepointe@gmail.com to get in on the ground floor of this exciting effort!

Thurs, April 5: Promote the Vote Meeting

The League of Women Voters believes voting is a fundamental citizen right that must be guaranteed. It is why LWV was founded over 98 years ago.

LWVMI has joined with other entities throughout Michigan to support the Promote the Vote ballot proposal. This proposal represents the core of the League's purpose and values.

A core committee is spearheading our LWVGP efforts to "Promote the Vote." We have copies of the petitions, have printed brochures explaining the ballot proposal, and have directions for circulators.

We are holding an information and training session on

Thursday, April 5
7 p.m.
GP Central Library Program Room
10 Kercheval Ave, GPF 48236

At this meeting, which is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, we will present a brief powerpoint about the ballot proposal, review the directions for circulators, and distribute the petitions. We hope to see MANY of our members there.

We hope that EVERY LWVGP member will become involved in some way.
The collection of over 400,000 signatures from registered Michigan voters needs to be done by June.

Here is the link to the Google Form to sign up for our LWVGP Promote the Vote effort.

We also have a FACEBOOK PAGE devoted to Promote the Vote. Please like the page, and share the posts there on your own page and with other groups you are involved with.

We hope you are as excited as we are about getting this proposal on the ballot, and then working to ensure its passage in November by a majority of voters.

Brief PowerPoint Introduction
PromoteTheVOTE Website

City Clerk Project

At the Program Planning meeting in January members agreed to conduct a short survey of our local City Clerks to find out more about the voting process from an administrative point of view. Peggy Hickey, Mary Morshead and Ann Nicholson interviewed City Clerks from Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Woods, Harper Woods, Grosse Pointe Park and St. Clair Shores.

Although the conversations were informal, we all included the topics of expansion of the absentee ballot, the time allowed for overseas voters, maintenance of voter lists and availability and training of precinct workers. A priority of the State Elections Commission is to shorten wait time, and several clerks noted that lifting the special requirements for absentee ballots would not only be helpful to voters but also shorten lines at the polls.

Overseas voters must apply to vote absentee like anyone else, but they can ask to receive their ballot via email. The ballot must be printed out and mailed back so voters must think ahead, but the current 45 days seems adequate.

Maintaining voter lists runs quite smoothly in this day of computers. If a voter moves within Michigan, her voting record moves with her once she re-registers. One clerk pointed out that it is always wise to keep your proof of registration until you have actually voted, just in case there has been a delay in the registration moving through the system.

We all learned a lot about voting technology, special needs voting, the need for and training of precinct workers and the meticulous record keeping required.

To check out the full report, click here

A message from LWVUS Re a Citizenship Question for the Census

The Commerce Department has made the decision to include a question pertaining to citizenship in the 2020 Census.
Make no mistake: this decision isn't about improving demographic data on citizenship.

It's designed to frighten immigrants--citizens and noncitizens alike--so they won't participate in the Census. It's a blatant political maneuver meant to disenfranchise these groups and deny them equal representation.
Including this question on the Census undermines the rights of eligible voters and threatens a process vital to our democracy ...

The United States Constitution mandates an accurate count of all people living in the United States - not all citizens. Non-citizens are an integral part of our economy and need to be included in the 2020 Census to paint a complete picture of our great country.

Chris Carson
President, League of Women Voters

Annual Breakfast Meeting is Saturday, May 12!

Chastity Pratt Dawsey will speak on the Education Crisis in Michigan.

Ms. Pratt Dawsey has had a distinguished career in journalism which included ten years covering Detroit Public School issues for the Detroit Free Press before her current job with Bridge Magazine covering urban affairs in Michigan.

Only 29% of Michigan 4th grade students are at or above reading proficiency level vs 36% nationally. Eighth grade students are also behind the national average in math. Even suburban schools like Grosse Pointe are lagging. In 2003 Michigan's white higher income students ranked 17th in the nation for 4th grade reading, by 2015 they ranked 50th.*

Ms. Pratt Dawsey will not only give us the facts, but she will also share with us solutions that have succeeded in Boston, the state of Tennessee, and other locations. She will also explain why this an economic as well as a social problem for the future of the state of Michigan.

Sat, May 12
Registration opens at 8:30, breakfast at 9:00
Country Club of Detroit
220 Country Club Dr
GP Farms 48236

Cost: $25.
Make checks payable to LWVGP and send to League of Women Voters, 32 Lake Shore Dr, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

Click here for a registration form

Guests are welcome.

*BridgeMI.com

Thurs, April 26 Save The Date: Coney Caper Fundraiser

The Coney Caper Fundraiser is scheduled! Our one and only fundraiser of 2018, the event will be a fun-filled evening of food and camaraderie. The Coney Caper has been designed with you, your family, friends, and new member prospects in mind. We'll offer all the Coneys you can eat, plus salad, chips, cookies, beer, wine, and soft drinks.

Thurs, April 26th
5:30-8:00 pm.
Tompkins Community Center
Windmill Pointe Park
14920 Windmill Pointe Dr
GP Park, MI 48230

Come and support the League so it can continue its important mission of educating and engaging our voting public.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for kids, 12 and under.

For tickets contact
Tom Wells, motsllew -AT- aol.com or
George McMullen, george -AT- grmcmullen.net.
Members, you should have received your tickets in the mail.

We look forward to seeing you there!

LWV Macomb County Tea Fundraiser: Guest Speaker Elizabeth A Homer

Macomb County LWV's "1918" Tea

Sat, April 14 Elizabeth Homer
1:00 pm
Robert A. Verkuilen Building, Entrance E
21885 Dunham Road
Clinton Twp, MI 48036

Join for an informal hour of coffee, tea, punch, & desserts to commemorate "1918", the year Michigan women won the right to vote in state elections with Elizabeth A. Homer, teacher, historian, author of Pioneers, Reformers, and Millionaires.

For $12 tickets, contact lwvmacomb@gmail.com
or call 810 892 3875

Check out the flyer here

THE NEXT STEP FOR MACOMB COUNTY VOTER SERVICES

The Macomb County leadership team met in November to put the final touches on our Member-At-Large (MAL) application to the LWVMI State Board and on December 2, the State Board recognized the Macomb County Unit and added us to the state's roster!

This is an exciting time for us, but, we will miss being a part of the Grosse Pointe League. We have a deep appreciation to President Tom Wells and to all of the Grosse Pointe LWV members for mentoring us and helping us along the way. Thank you all for being there and for answering so many questions on a great number of issues!

We meet at
7:00 PM on the fourth Thursday of the month
Mt. Clemens Public Library
150 Cass Ave.
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043

Contact us for more information on how to join and to help us "Make Democracy Work" in Macomb County.

Find us on Facebook Keep track of all the Macomb County activities on Facebook.
Contact by email: lwvmacomb@gmail.com
Address: 302 Cass Ave, PMB 127, Mt. Clemens, MI 48043

Sat. 3/24 March for Our Lives

On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets to demand that their lives and safety become a priority, and that we end gun violence in our schools and communities. We urge you to join the March for Our Lives event near you.

In Grosse Pointe:
12:00 noon
Messner Field
176 McKinley Ave
GP Farms, MI 48236
In Detroit:
11:00 am
Rivard Plaza
1340 E Atwater St
Detroit, MI 48207

For additional locations, click here

Save the Date: Monday Mar 19: Presentation by Rev. Faith Fowler

Rev Faith Fowler Rev. Faith Fowler, Executive Director of Cass Community Social Services, has been in the news lately as she has lead the construction of tiny homes in the Cass Corridor and the building of small solar panels to help those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. She will join us to tell us more about her innovative ways to help those in need - here and abroad.

Mon, March 19
7:00 pm
Grosse Pointe Memorial Church
16 Lake Shore Dr
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

Print out the promotional flyer here

Monday: Feb 19: Discussion on DACA & Immigration Policy

Vickie Thompson-Sandy, president of Samaritas, will join us to discuss DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals], immigration policy reform and how we as citizens can address our concerns with our elected officials. Samaritas is one of Michigan's largest refugee resettlement agencies, working with local and national organizations and advocating for those seeking safe harbor in the United States. To see some of their stories, visit Samaritas.org.

Mon, February 19
7:00 pm
Central Library's program room
10 Kercheval Ave
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

Hot Off The Press: LWVGP's "Your Government Officials 2018" is now available

LWVGP's comprehensive brochure for 2018 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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Important links to the Secretary of State's Office for voting information

Voter Guides for your local elections are available on Vote411.org

Vote411.org

Learn about the candidates who want to lead your community!

To build your personalized voter guide, go to Vote411.org, which provides voter guides and information on polling place, voting hours, and tips about voting in Michigan.

Check it out by going to: Vote411.org
1) Type in your complete address
2) Click "Get personalized information on candidates and issues" (The green box)
3) Click "Show my races"
4) Click the individual candidates to read their responses and compare their qualifications

Voters need simple, helpful tools to navigate the voting process & election day, and Vote411.org is the nation's premiere, on-line election resource.

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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.