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Want to learn about the League of Women Voters of Livingston County?

Since its inception in 1920, the League of Women Voters (LWV) has remained nonpartisan, never endorsing or opposing particular political parties or candidates. The LWV envisions a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge, and the confidence to participate.

 

Join us for a virtual program to hear of the League's history, its voter protection actions, and our Livingston County activities.


Observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 17, 2022 with a (virtual) discussion about a Michigan woman who fought for a more equal society.

Seventy-five years ago, a 24-year-old, African American secretary was denied a seat on the segregated Boblo boat, SS Columbia. Like Rosa Parks, she refused to back down, taking her fight for integration all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

Represented by fabled NAACP lawyer Thurgood Marshall, Ray won her case. Scholars argue that she paved the way for the seminal 1954 Brown v. Board of Education, which found that separate was inherently unequal.


Join 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, Pulitzer Prize nominee, former attorney, and 2017 Michigan Notable Book author Desiree Cooper and Aaron Schillinger, the director of Boblo Boats: A Detroit Ferry Tale, to learn more about Sarah E. Ray, Detroit's Other Rosa Parks, and The Sarah E. Ray Project.


Registration is required 


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Michigan Redistricting





December 28, 2021:  The Michigan Independent Redistricting Commission (MICR) has approved district maps for U.S. Congress, Michigan House and Michigan Senate.   

View the Final Maps on the MI.gov website.


The maps were based on 2020 Census data and were drawn by the Commission under the guidance of the seven ranked criteria listed in the Michigan Constitution.

For details of the maps and the ranking of the criteria, please go to Michigan.gov/micrc

As required by the Michigan Constitution, each type of map was approved by a majority vote of the 13 member Commission, including two Democrats, two Republicans and two Commissioners not affiliated with either major party.  The approved maps will replace the current maps which were approved by the Michigan Legislature in 2011.

 

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Michigan Voter Rights and Election Law Activity

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Know your voting rights!


How secure are our elections?



What does the Secure MI Vote ballot proposal actually say?

  • Read for yourself the Secure Mi Vote Petition Language
  • According to the Campaign Finance report filed on November 2, of the approximately $85,000 raised by the Ballot Question Committee, $80,000 came from one donor, Ron Weiser, chair of the MI Republican Party.


What's happening with Voting Rights Laws in Washington DC?



 

League of Women Voters of Michigan opposes anti-voter bills and Secure MI Vote ballot proposal.

The League of Women Voters of Michigan opposes Secure MI Vote Ballot Proposal as a voter suppression effort. The LWVMI has been vocal against bills that restrict voting rights and make it more difficult to administer elections, especially after Michigan voters in 2018 overwhelmingly affirmed their desire to make voting more convenient and accessible for all through Proposal 3. 

Current Voting Laws in Michigan



Proposed Changes to Michigan's Voting Laws






 Livingston County
OBSERVER CORP
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!



The Observer Corps is a group of League members who agree to observe meetings of groups that regularly meet. This is an opportunity to get informed on issues that matter to your community by learning what public organizations do, who runs them, how they impact the community and just what the issues are.


We are seeking member volunteers to observe one or more government entities.  The extent of your commitment is flexible, dependent on what you’d like to take on. Meetings may be attended in person, on zoom, or viewed on the entity’s website. Quick training is available and the documentation of the meetings is simple. Find the Observer Report Form on our Observer Corp Page


Volunteers can observe whatever government agencies are of interest to them or the League. Our Observer Corps will attend meetings of the County Commissioners, city councils, township boards, library boards, and school boards. There are also meetings of other relevant entities such as planning commission, road commission, drain commission, etc. Find schedules on our Observer Corp Page


Your observations become part of our League’s mission to educate voters. Observations can help us in planning for candidate forums or informational presentations to our community.


Sound interesting?  Contact us at:  ObserverCorp@lwvbrightonhowellarea.org




What Does The LWV do in Livingston County?

The LWV assists eligible persons to register to vote, providing information and supporting Register To Vote events.

We provide voters with non-partisan information on candidate positions and issues.

We educate our members and the public on important topics. Recent forums topics  have included  Rank-Choice Voting,  the Census,  Redistricting, PFAS Contamination,  and Line 5.

LWV members observe and report on government meetings and polling locations to ensure  transparency in our government.


The LWV advocates for national and state level policies which support voter rights.

Read more...


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Democracy is not a spectator sport.


The League offers opportunities to learn about and  be involved with issues important to our democracy,  and to connect with  others who may disagree politically (we need diverse perspectives)  but  value the democratic process.  

Our name honors the women who founded the League in 1919 at the advent of women's suffrage, but we welcome ALL people aged 16 and older to join us. 

It is important work.  We could do more with your help.  Learn more...

Learn More About the League of Women Voters from our State and National Web Sites: