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 Midland League's 2018 Voter Guide is out. To view it, scroll down to Vote! November 6, 2018! and click on the link. Print copies of our guide were included in the Oct. 13 edition of the Midland Daily News. Print copies will also be distributed the week of Oct. 16 to the following locations: Midland Community Center, Washington Woods and Riverside Senior Housing, Area Senior Centers, Grace A. Dow Library, Coleman Library, Midland County Health Dept., Dept. of Social Services, Area Public High Schools, Creative 360.

Election Forums Two of our local election forums are now on YouTube. The third one will be televised live on Oct. 16 and put on YouTube the next day.

The public is invited to the forum for candidates for the 98th district of the Michigan State House on Tue. Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at the MCTV studio in the lower floor of the Grace A. Dow Library. This forum will be broadcast live on MCTV (Charter 189 / ATT 99) and on YouTube.. It will be rebroadcast on MCTV 191\AT&T 99 up until the election. (schedule)

The main candidates' forum was held Mon. Oct. 1. It featured candidates for the 36th Michigan State Senate district and two contested Midland county commissioner seats. It can be viewed on YouTube, and MCTV (rebroadcast schedule)

The Midland Public School Board candidates' forum was held Tues. Sept. 25. It will be rebroadcast several times on the MCTV school board station (Charter 190 / Att 99) up until Election Day. Check the schedule and view the program here. Or watch on YouTube.

Do you live in Midland County and would like to vote by absentee ballot? It's not hard. You can request an absentee ballot from your city, township or county clerk's office. To vote absentee ballot you must be a registered voter and one of the following: 1) over 60 years old, 2) unable to vote without assistance, 3) expecting to be out of town, 4) in jail, 5) unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons, 6) appointed to work as an election inspector outside of your own precinct. To download an absentee ballot request form or for more information, click on the Midland County website. Absentee ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 6.

Ballot Proposals. Although the League of Women Voters does not take positions on politicians or political parties, we do study political issues and develop positions on them. There are three state-wide and one local ballot proposals on the 2018 ballot. We have studied and support two of the state proposals. Proposal 2 will amend the Michigan constitution to create an independent commission to redraw the lines, every ten years, for congressional and legislative districts. Proposal 3 will provide election reform and will make it easier for Michigan residents to vote in elections. We support these two proposals. For more information on all four proposals scroll down and click Vote 2018!

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


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.