Making Democracy Work

MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Ann Arbor City Candidate Forum

Ann Arbor Ward 2 - Candidates Jane Lumm and Sally Hart Peterson

Forum will be held Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at the CTN Studios on South Industrial Highway.

Following that date, the forum can be viewed On Demand at CitiTV.

Submit question suggestions to Membership@lwvannarbor.org before September 14th

LEARNING ABOUT MICHIGAN RE-DISTRICTING REFORM

After every 10-year census, Michigan electoral districts are re-drawn by the Michigan Legislature. The majority party, sometimes Republican and sometimes Democrat, controls the process, with predictable outcomes.

A growing number of Michigan citizens think there must be a better way. The Detroit Free Press Editorial Board, in the August 9 issue, presented the issues and identified players involved.

This fall, the League of Women Voters of Michigan will hold a series of at least 30 informational meetings, in part to gauge voter awareness about redistricting. The town halls will be hosted in communities around the state, said League Vice-President Sue Smith. After that, LWV-MI will decide which course to pursue next.

Redistricting, in its purest sense, is a question of policy: What is the fairest way to ensure the most equal representation for Michiganders?

Should Ann Arbor local elections be non-partisan?

LWV-AAA has been working to help Ann Arbor citizens explore alternatives to their current, partisan election system for local offices.

At their July 21 meeting, the Ann Arbor City Council considered the issue, then voted 7-4 NOT to put the question of non-partisan elections on the Fall 2015 ballot.

LWV-AAA will continue to work to inform the citizens of Ann Arbor about this topic. Read LWV-AAA President Nancy Schewe's guest column for more information.

NEWSLETTER

The JUNE NEWSLETTER is here to read

ANNUAL MEETING WAS HELD MAY 19

MICHIGAN RADIO'S ZOE CLARK TALKED POLITICS

AT LWV-AAA ANNUAL PUBLIC MEETING, MAY 19

Ann Arbor's favorite political junkie, Zoe Clark, was the keynote speaker at the LWV-AAA 2015 Annual Meeting.

You can view a video of her talk by clicking HERE

Ms. Clark, co-host (with Michigan Capitol reporter Rick Pluta) of the popular weekly Michigan Radio segment, It's Just Politics, gave a behind-the-scenes look at how politics is -- or isn't -- currently working at the state capitol. Using Proposal One as an example, she described the intra-party dynamics among Republicans, how Democrats are working to stay relevant in a GOP-controlled Legislature, and what this all means for 2016 elections and beyond.

YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS

LWV-AAA prepared listing of names and contact information of elected officials including local officials, as well as state and national. YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS

WHO'S WHO IN LANSING

And how to contact them. See 2015-2016 Citizen's Guide to Government issued by the Michigan Legislature; includes state agencies.