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.

AUDIT OF NOV 7, 2016 VOTING COMPLETED

From Ruth Johnson, MI Secretary of State "The Michigan Bureau of Elections today released its audit findings for 136 Detroit precincts from the Nov. 8, 2016 general election, largely finding that human error, not illegal activity, resulted in mismatches between the number of ballots and recorded voters. Elections staff found no evidence of pervasive voter fraud or that widespread voting equipment failure led to the imbalances. " ...The total number of ballots in question was 200 out of 250,000 total cast city wide.

Bureau of Elections releases Detroit precinct audit findings Statewide audit of possible double voting also released

Full Report: Audits Conducted in Detroit and Statewide in Relation to the November 8, 2016 General Election

MEETINGS SCHEDULED FEBRUARY-APRIL

Monday, Feb 20, 6:30-8:00pm New Member Meeting. Find out about the League of Women Voters - who we are, what we do and why we do it and how you can defend democracy.
Place: Hathaway's Hideaway, 310 S. Ashley, Ann Arbor

Wed, Feb 22 7:00-9:00pm Training how to present LWV powerpoint on redistricting.
For Members only. Reservation required - go to SignUpGenius
Place: Hathaway's Hideaway, 310 S. Ashley, Ann Arbor

Friday, Feb 24, noon. Lunch and Learn: Public or Private? Who Owns Water? Discussion led by League member Ellen Dannin. To reserve a place, email LunchandLearn@lwvannarbor.org
Place: Cedars of Dexter clubhouse, 411 Cedars Lane, Dexter
(On the topic of water, AADL is sponsoring a tour of the Ann Arbor water treatment plant Feb. 17, reservations required, email fieldtrip@aadl.org)

Sat, March 4, 10:00 am-noon Training how to present LWV powerpoint on redistricting.
For members only. Reservation required - go to SignUpGenius
Place: Westgate Branch of the Ann Arbor Library 2503 Jackson Ave Ann Arbor

Sat, April 1, 10:00 am-noon Training how to present LWV powerpoint on redistricting.
For members only. Reservation required - go to SignUpGenius
Place: Ann Arbor Library, Westgate Branch (in Westgate Shopping Center)

LWV MEETING ON REDISTRICTING SAW AN OVERFLOW CROWD

It was standing room only Feb. 6 to hear Sue Smith, LWV representative to the Michigan Redistricting Collaboration, explain what must be done to make Michigan re-districting a non-partisan process. The Collaborative started in 2010 as a group of (c)3 organizations working to educate their members and clients. Over time they have been joined by Good Government Groups (like LWV), communities of color, environmental groups and others. Changing how we redistrict will mean putting a constitutional amendment on the ballot. To do this requires reaching a consensus on what policy/redistricting process would be best, testing it to be sure the voters will approve it, raising funds to promote the amendment and broadening the coalition of supporters. All of this must be done while staying in compliance with Michigan campaign finance law. It's a tall order.
Many at the meeting were ready to dive right in and make things happen. When asked what can be done now, Sue said that an important activity will be explaining to voters how redistricting is done today and why it should be changed. Presenters are needed for the LWV power point presentation explaining this. You can attend one of the two LWV-AAA training sessions for presenters scheduled for February 22 or March 4. Registration is required - go to the Calendar page anduse SignUpGenius to register for the date you choose.

Meeting Handout

SUMMARY PREPARED BY MEMBER KATHY EDGREN

JUST ISSUED - YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS

YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS 2017-2018 has names and contact information for elected officials for this area including local, state and national.

FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER IS HERE

LWV-US has 3 questions for Supreme Court nominee

The League sent a memo to the U.S. Senate outlining three questions that the League would like the nominee for the Supreme Court to answer during the confirmation process. The next Supreme Court Justice will play a major role in setting the course for American democracy over the coming decades.

YOU CAN HAVE YOUR OWN SUPER LWV T-SHIRT

For order form, go to FORM

More volunteers at LWV art fair booth July 2012

LWV in Action

In February 2016, the New York Times had an article titled Republicans Hijack an Election Agency.
If you read to the end of the article, you will see LWV named as one of several voting rights groups suing to stop unilateral action by the commission's new executive director. The name and reputation of LWV as a non-partisan advocate for voting rights continues to have influence. Your voice as a citizen is magnified when you join with other LWV members to speak out.

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.