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.
Birthday Party Invitation ALL MEMBERS - Due to bad weather, we have postponed our LWV Anniversary party. The new date is Monday February 18 at 7 p.m. at Creative 360.

Gerrymandering is still an issue for Michigan League of Women Voters: A federal lawsuit filed by the League of Women Voters of Michigan and 11 individual voters was heard in early February. The lawsuit covers gerrymandering of Michigan's Congressional, state senate and state house districts. A ruling on his suit will be handed down later this month. Why does this matter now? Didn't we pass Proposition 2, doing away with gerrymandering in Michigan? Yes, but alas Prop 2 will not take effect until after the 2020 election. If the state LWV wins its suit, gerrymandering will have to be addressed immediately, ending the practice before 2020. So this lawsuit matters! The latest update: here and here.

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." Today, Michigan's K-12 system is among the weakest in the country and getting worse. In little more than a decade, Michigan has tumbled from being an average state in elementary reading and math to be listed with the bottom 10 states, a devastating fall. Read the report here.

Our League is honored to receive the Rosemarie Byers Community Voice Award from MCTV and Friends of MCTV. President Katherine Redwine and Voter Service Chair Sue McCollister accepted the award at a ceremony Nov 15.

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.