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ANNUAL MEETING, Wed, May 15, 2019 Midland Country Club, 5:30pm - social time, 6:15pm - dinner, 7:00pm - Keynote followed by Business Meeting
Dinner Reservation Form Please return reservation by May 6.
Our keynote speaker is Sally Williams, Michigan Director of Elections, speaking on "Election Issues: 2018 and beyond."
GERRYMANDERING - LWVMI WINS!
Federal district judges ruled on April 25 that Michigan state and congressional district maps must be redrawn before the 2020 election, which is also before the next redistricting cycle in 2021. (Remember: in the last election, Michigan passed Prop. 3 requiring redistricting, but Prop. 3 will not take effect until the 2021 cycle.)
The Michigan League of Women Voters, along with 11 individual plaintiffs went to court over the current district maps, which were drawn in 2011 after the last census. With the April 25 ruling, Michigan will be required to draw new maps covering both state and congressional districts. This case is the only one of its kind in the country. Midland County's maps are among those challenged in the case and will need to be redrawn.
Read more here. Our local LWV member and treasurer, Karen Sherwood, testified at the hearings. Read her writeup of the event under "Timely League Issues" below.
VOTING RIGHTS: The Secretary of State is publishing information about new Michigan voting rights: New Rights for Michigan Voters
HOUSING: Housing in Midland County was the subject of our last program. An overview including the three main challenges of housing in our county can be read here. They are: the need for affordable housing for low income (under $20,000 per/year) families, the need to develop different types of housing to attract a diverse population and identifying and helping neighborhoods with older homes which are not marketable. A two-page census overview of Midland County, published by the Michigan League for Public Policy, can be viewed here.
YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS: Our 2019 "Your Elected Officials" can be found under that heading below. Office holders from U.S. President to area school board members are listed with contact information. Free printed copies of the YEO pamphlet are at the Grace A. Dow library.
EDUCATION: Another issue we follow: The Education Trust- Midwest, a nonpartisan research organization, published an education report, "Michigan's Talent Crisis: The Economic Case for Rebuilding Michigan's Broken Public Education System." Read it here