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VOTE! November 6, 2018

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School Board Candidates

Five candidates are running for three open positions on the Midland Public School Board. To meet the candidates and hear their positions, plan to attend or watch the MPS School Board Forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday September 25. The forum will take place in the board room of the MPS Administrative Building and will be televised on the MPS TV station. The forum is sponsored by the LWV and the American Association of University Women. The televised forum will be repeated several times on that station up until the Nov. 6 election.

The five candidates are:

Patrick Frazee - incumbent
Jon Lauderbach
Phillip Rausch
Pam Singer - incumbent
Kurt Yockey.

Local Candidate Forums

The Midland LWV and MCTV are sponsoring local forums for races in which there is a competition. A forum will be held on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers of Midland City Hall. State senate candidates for Michigan's 36th district, and two county commissioner races will be featured. There will also be a forum on October 16 at the MCTV Studio in the basement of the Grace A. Dow library, at 7 p.m., which feature candidates for the 98th district of the House of Representatives. The public is invited to both forums.

State-Wide Ballot Proposals for November 2018

MICHIGAN BALLOT PROPOSALS FOR NOVEMBER 2018

We will decide three ballot issues as well as candidates at the voting booth this November,

Proposal 1: recreational use of marijuana.

Proposal 2: Voters not Politicians.

Proposal 3: Promote the Vote.

The League of Women Voters supports proposals two and three.

Proposal 2: Voters Not Politicians, will amend the Michigan constitution to create an independent commission to redraw the lines, every ten years, for congressional and legislative districts.

Proposal 3: Promote the Vote to provide election reform. This amendment will make it easier for Michigan residents to vote in elections. It will give all registered voters the choice to vote absentee ballot, give military members more time to vote, let citizens register closer to election day, allow straight party voting, automatically register citizens when they do business at the Secretary of State's office, protect a secret ballot and add audits for election results. The Michigan LWV is part of a coalition including the Michigan ACLU and the state and Detroit chapters of the NAACP promoting this ballot issue. For more information see: Promote the Vote The Michigan League of Women Voters

Two additional proposals were slated to appear on the ballot, a paid sick leave initiative and a minimum raise increase initiative. These two proposals were taken off the ballot on Sept. 5 when the state legislature passed both measures. As the legislature has now passed these amendments, they will be Michigan law. Unless.... the lame-duck state legislature, after the November election, decides to rescind or water down the sick leave or minimum raise increase they passed in September. Such backpedaling would be illegal according to supporters of the amendments, who plan to sue the state if the legislature dares to try this trick. Read the full story at Bridge magazine.

Local Ballot Proposal for November 2018

The Midland County Board of commissioners approved placing a proposed increase of 0.4 mill (40 cents per $1,000 of taxable property value) on the November ballot to fund seven school resource officers. Funds raised would cover start-up costs along with one school resource officer each for Dow, Midland, Bullock Creek, Coleman and Meridian high schools, and Jefferson and Northeast middle schools.

Vote 411

BE INFORMED AND VOTE

Welcome to Vote411.org, a comprehensive source of election information, developed by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF). Nonpartisan information on candidates and ballot proposals for the 2016 local and general elections

State-specific voter registration requirements, election dates, and local polling addresses are also available on the site. You can also print out a Voter Registration application from the site.

To find your information, select Michigan as the state on the tab titled "On Your Ballot," and click on "GO." Enter the street, city and zip code in the "Personalized Ballot" box then follow the cues. Vote411.org,

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