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."
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Voter Services will conduct a Candidate Forum for the Michigan House of Representatives, Districts 1 and 2, co-sponsored with the League of Women Voters Detroit.
Wednesday, July 18
Wayne County Community College
Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center
19305 Vernier Rd
Harper Woods, MI 48225
The following candidates will be invited:
State Rep-District 1:
Gregory Creswell (Lib), Mark Corcoran (Rep), Shaun Maloy (Dem), and Tenisha Yancey (Dem)
State Rep-District 2:
Kinda Makini Anderson (Dem), Carol Banks (Dem), Willie Bell (Dem), Latisha Johnson (Dem), E. Regina Jones (Dem), John Palffy (Rep), Joe Tate (Dem), Carla Tinsley-Smith (Dem)
District 1 covers Grosse Pointe Woods, Harper Woods, and portions of Grosse Pointe Shores and Detroit.
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District 2 covers Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Farms, and portions of Detroit.
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There will be a candidate forum with dinner and dialogue for District 2's Michigan Senator. (The district includes all of the Grosse Pointes, Harper Woods, and portions of Detroit).
Thursday, June 28
5:30 pm dinner, 6-8:30 program
Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL) Headquarters
1680 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
The following candidates will be invited:
Abraham Aiyash (D) Brian Banks (D) Tommy Campbell (D) George Cushingberry, Jr. (D) Lawrence E. Gannan (D) John Hauler (R) Adam Hollier (D) LaMar Lemmons (D) Anam Miah (D) John Olumba (D) Lisa Papas (R) William Phillips (D) Joe Ricci (D) Regina Williams (D)
Presented by The Detroit League of Women Voters in partnership with Citizen Detroit and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Tau Alpha Omega Chapter of Redford
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The League of Women Voters of Michigan is so proud of all the men and women who have gathered signatures to place Promote the Vote on the ballot. We thank the local Leagues for leading the efforts in their communities.
We want a voting system that works for all Michigan Citizens. We want voting to be more accessible. We want to ensure votes are secure and counted.
You can watch our press conference at LWVMI's facebook page!
Now we will need your help to educate voters about this proposal! Please sign up to help at www.promotethevotemi.com or volunteer with your local League!
We look forward to passing this proposal in November!
Judy Karandjeff, President
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:
A LWVGP committee is now being organized. Contact Sue Acton at email@example.com to get in on the ground floor of this exciting effort!
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
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.
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.
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.
President, League of Women Voters
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.
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
Make checks payable to LWVGP and send to League of Women Voters, 32 Lake Shore Dr, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
Guests are welcome.
Thurs, April 26th
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.
Sat, April 14
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 810 892 3875
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.
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Address: 302 Cass Ave, PMB 127, Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
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