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.
The election is over. The work begins. Our first job, as citizens, was to vote. We did. Now we must hold the feet of our elected officials to the fire. Watch what they do: are they fulfilling their campaign promises? Are they working for and voting for the issues that are important to us? To read the list of issues the LWV is tracking, click on "After the Election" below.

On November 29 a three-judge panel ruled to allow a federal lawsuit filed by the League of Women Voters of Michigan and 11 individual voters in December 2017 against the State of Michigan to go forward. The lawsuit takes aim at gerrymandering of Michigan's Congressional, state senate and state house districts. The suit has survived other attempts for dismissal and will go to trial in February. The judges said that gerrymandering efforts allow Republicans to win a "majority of seats" in Congress "despite never winning more than 50.5% of the statewide vote."

Why does this matter now? Didn't we pass Proposition 2, doing away with gerrymandering in Michigan? Yes we did, but 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! Go for it LWV of Michigan!

An article in Bridge Magazine gives details of the progress of the LWVMI lawsuit.

Great Decisions 2019. A great way to spend a cold winter is to join a great decisions group and discuss important world issues. There are eight topics for the new year; you do not have to be an expert to participate . Discussion booklets and video tapes will be provided. Click on "Great Decisions" below to learn the new topics and find out how you can join a group.

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.