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. It neither opposes nor endorses candidates or political parties.
FALL PROGRAMS: We are planning a program on the 2020 census for September 24. Our speaker will be Chloe Updegraff, Regional Census Hub Coordinator for the Great Lakes Bay Region. On October 16 we will join with the Chippewa Nature Center to present a program on renewable energy. Midland videographer Peter Sinclair will be the speaker. Check our calendar below for time and place.

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.

REDISTRICTING: The Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling June 27 on gerrymandering likely killed Michigan's efforts to redraw Michigan's heavily gerrymandered districts before 2020. The Court rued that federal courts should not pay a roll in deciding gerrymandering cases. Read details here and here. In Michigan, the state League of Women Voters and 11 defendants had brought a gerrymandering case before a federal court, which ruled in the LWV's favor. This ruling would have required districts to be redrawn immediately. So are we back to square one? No: the overwhelming vote for Voters Not Politicians (Proposal 3) in the 2018 election means that the next redistricting, after the 2020 election, will have to use impartial guidelines. Many groups, including the LWV, will be watching this process and fighting for fair, impartial elections.

ACTION: The MI Secretary of State is seeking public comment about the Citizen's Redistricting Commission. Go to this link to make your statement. This is the time for you to participate.

VOTING RIGHTS: The Secretary of State published information about new Michigan voting rights: Check information for voters here.. More on your voting rights here.

HOUSING: An overview including three main challenges of housing in our county can be read here. A two-page census overview of Midland County, published by the Michigan League for Public Policy, can be viewed here.

EDUCATION: 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

FOR ALL MEMBERS: Impact on Issues, a guide to public policy positions held by the League of Women Voters, can be accessed here.

Dedication

Our original website was created in 1998 with gifts made in memory of Mary Dee Rieke, a founding member of the LWV of the Midland Area, our second president, and an active participant in League throughout her life. We remember her with gratitude.