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Thurs, Nov 15 Climate Change & Recycling

Join us for an evening discussing environmental concerns with speaker Mary Garton, a member of Citizens Climate Lobby and Climate Reality, who has been active in education and climate lobbying. She will address what we as individuals can do to help in this fight and explain legislative approaches that would drastically reduce our emissions and stabilize climate change.

There will also be a short presentation on the status of recycling. Many of us are recycling the wrong items, which can hurt the effort and add to the costs of the programs.

Thurs, Nov 15
7:00 pm
GP Woods Community Center
Garden Room
20025 Mack Plaza Dr
GP Woods, 48236

Jan 17: Save the Date: Annual Chinese Dinner Membership Meeting

The annual Chinese Dinner/Program Planning meeting is on the books:

January 17, 2019
6:30 pm
The Annex at the Unitarian Church
17150 Maumee
Grosse Pointe, MI 48230

Print out the reservation form here. Cost: $17.00

LWVGP Bylaw Review

LWVGP members are invited to review the current bylaws, and send their suggestions/comments to Vicki Granger by November 15. If any LWVGP member would like to join the committee, please contact Vicki and President Tom Wells by November 15. Email them via lwvgrossepointe@gmail.com

LWVGP supports the GP Schools' Bond Proposal

The LWVGP supports the GPPSS' Bond Proposal and Library Millage Renewal. On November 6, we encourage our members - and the communities that GPPSS serves - to cast a "YES" vote for the Grosse Pointe Public Schools Bond Proposal & our GP Libraries.

Click here for GPPSS bond proposal FAQs

Read President Tom Wells' letter to the Grosse Pointe News here

Digital Version of the LWVMI Voter Guide

LWV MI Voter Guides (for federal & statewide offices) are around town.
Or you can read the digital version here
Note: The Pointes are in Congressional District 14. This guide has all the US Congressional districts in Michigan because it is being distributed statewide.

For the local races, refer to Vote411.org for the candidate responses.

The LWVGP is distributing 2000 Voter Guides in the Pointes' & HW's neighborhoods. Check out your city hall, library, and some local churches, coffee houses, etc to pick up yours!

The League of Women Voters prepares non-partisan Voter Guides for candidates running in national, state and local elections.

Check out the GP School Board Candidate Forum

The video for the GPPSS school board candidate forum is now available. You can watch it here

The forum is also on tv! You can check it out on the GPPSS TV-channel at 10 AM and 8 PM

CHECK OUT THE 3RD CIRCUIT COURT JUDICIAL CANDIDATE FORUM

The video for the 3rd Circuit Court judicial candidate forum is now available. You can watch it here

Sample Ballot

Some of our city halls provide a digital sample ballot on their website. We will list them here

Statewide ballot issues explained

The LWVMI has traveled across Michigan presenting information on the three statewide ballot proposals. The video of one of its presentations is here.

Statewide Ballot Proposals - LWVGP's Kick-Off Meeting

The annual Kick-Off meeting will be at the GP War Memorial this year on Sept. 27. The meeting will feature a PowerPoint presentation on the issues which will be on the ballot in November.

There will be 3 statewide ballot proposals:

Proposal 18-1
A proposed initiated law to authorize and legalize possession, use and cultivation of marijuana products by individuals who are at least 21 years of age and older, and commercial sales of marijuana through state-licensed retailers
Read complete ballot wording here

Proposal 18-2
A proposed constitutional amendment to establish a commission of citizens with exclusive authority to adopt district boundaries for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives and U.S. Congress, every 10 years.
Read complete ballot wording here

Proposal 18-3
A proposal to authorize automatic and Election Day voter registration, no-reason absentee voting, and straight ticket voting; and add current legal requirements for military and overseas voting and postelection audits to the Michigan Constitution
Read complete ballot wording here

Thursday, September 27
7:00 pm
Grosse Pointe War Memorial
32 Lake Shore Rd
GP Farms 48236

Check out the flyer here

We have the complete ballot wording on our 2018 Ballot Issues page

Voter Guides 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.

CHECK & Confirm YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION AT THE SOS WEBSITE

Are you registered to vote?

Confirm 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 was received/ballot was sent/ballot was received)
  • Lastly, this SOS site will also show you a sample ballot--very helpful!

    The last day to register for November's general election is Oct. 9, 2018.

Election & Voting FAQs from Secretary of State

Click here for a comprehensive Voter Q&A from the Secretary of State regarding elections

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

Tues: Oct 9th GP School Board Candidate Forum

The public is invited to learn about the seven candidates running for three open positions on the Board of Education. Be an informed voter and bring your questions!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
7-9 PM
War Memorial
32 Lake Shore Dr.
Grosse Pointe Farms 48236

INVITED CANDIDATES:
Christian Fenton
Christopher Lee
Wendy Saigh
Walt Schwartz
John Shook
Brian Summerfield (I)
Margaret Weertz (I)

Check out the flyer here

The forum will be videotaped. Check back for the link following the event.

Thurs, Oct 4: 3rd Circuit Court Judicial Candidate Forum

There are 6 candidates running for 3 positions on the Circuit Court, all non-incumbents. This forum will be held on

Thursday, Oct 4
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Henry Ford Community College
Forfa Auditorium* Building L
5101 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128

Please note the specific times:
6:00 is the Nov's Ballot Issues Presentation
7:00 is the Judicial Forum

For additional information, check out lwvddh.org.

Presented by Detroit, Dearborn/Dearborn Heights Leagues

Wed, Oct 10: GP Library: "Gimme Some Truth" How to Know What's Real in the Era of Fake News

The Grosse Pointe Public Library and WDET 101.9 FM will host the event

Wed, Oct 10, 7:00 pm
GP South High School Auditorium
11 Grosse Pointe Blvd
Grosse Pointe Farms, 48236

For additional details including a list of the discussion panel, see the flyer here

Please register here

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 Promote The Vote
  • 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

Check out Promote the Vote here

The Redistricting Proposal will be on the Ballot

Michigan Supreme Court votes 4-3 to keep redistricting proposal on ballot

LWVMI Celebrates Redistricting Reform Victory.
Initiative will Appear on the November Ballot

Lansing, MI: The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, 7/31/18, to keep the redistricting ballot initiative on the November ballot. The League of Women Voters state president Judy Karndjeff issued the following statement:

"The League of Women Voters of Michigan is thrilled that the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission will be on the November ballot. We will work for the passage of this proposal which would end partisan gerrymandering in Michigan. The League supports this independent process to allow voters to choose their politicians, instead of the other way around. This year Michigan voters will have the chance to change the way their districts are drawn following the 2020 Census. This is a victory for Michigan voters and our democracy."

Read more about it here

Check out Voters Not Politicians 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

THE NEXT STEP FOR MACOMB COUNTY VOTER SERVICES

The Macomb County leadership team met in November 2017 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

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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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.