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The month of June means it's time to renew!

Members - It's time to send in your annual membership dues
Print out our renewal form here to mail it in.

June 17 Primary Election Candidate Forum: Mi House District 2

The invited candidates are: Taylor Harrell (D), Mayra Rodriguez (R), Joseph Tate (D)

The Forum will be online via Zoom
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
7-8:30 pm

You can participate by submitting questions (for the candidates to answer) by noon June 16 to: lwvgrossepointe@gmail.com.

FYI: District 2 includes the City of Grosse Pointe, GP Farms, GP Park & parts of Detroit.

Sponsored by:
League of Women Voters - Grosse Pointe and
League of Women Voters - Detroit

To check out our flyer, click here

High School Graduates: Don't Forget to Register to Vote!

Reminder: Sign up for your absentee ballot

Reminder! Beginning May 21, you can download your absentee ballot application at the Michigan Voter Information Center.

Voters can use one application to obtain an absentee ballot for both the August 4 primary election and the November 3 general election by checking the box for "Both 2020 Elections" in "Step 2" of the application. (You can also request to be on the list permanently.)

Click here to fill in and print out your application for an absentee ballot

The Annual Spring Meeting Is Back on the Calendar!

The LWVGP's Annual Spring Meeting will take place over Zoom, a video conferencing tool.
By using Zoom as our annual meeting tool, we will be able to update you on the League's activities, provide a speaker, vote on our slate of candidates and adopt our budget. Many of the local leagues in Michigan and across the country are conducting their annual meetings in this format.

Zoom Annual Meeting
Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Since some of you may not have used the Zoom application, we will have a "test" session on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
This will allow you to access the link and test it out to be sure you can join the meeting. Vicki Granger, our technical expert, will assist you.
We will send the zoom link out on Wednesday, May 20, for the test zoom link.

If you haven't used Zoom before, take a few minutes to watch this helpful video tutorial. Some of our members have viewed this video, and found it to be helpful:Joining a Zoom Call

We look forward to the day that we can return to "business as usual", but until then, I hope you can join us for our annual meeting on May 27th. If you have questions, please contact me at jflo-at-comcast.net or lwvgrossepointe@gmail.com. I look forward to "seeing you" on the 27th.

Judy Florian
President

Deadline Approaching for Applying to the Michigan's Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission

APPLY ONLINE TODAY with an E-Notary via Zoom

You have until June 1 to submit your notarized application to the Secretary of State.

1 Visit Redistrictingapplication.sos.state.mi.us and fill out your online application.

2 Save a PDF copy of your completed application. Do not sign it until in presence of notary

3 Visit SOS-How to notarize your redistricting application to schedule an online notary appointment

4 You'll need the following items ready for your E-Notary via Zoom:

  • Valid state ID
  • Smartphone, tablet or computer with webcam
  • Completed and printed application

5 Follow the notary's instructions for notarizing your completed application

6 Email your completed and notarized application to MDOS-NotarizedApplication@Michigan.gov

ZOOM webinar regarding Applying for the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission

Join LWVMI.org for a ZOOM webinar presentation by Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and LWVMI Vice President Sue Smith, followed by a Q&A, on May 21, 2020, from 5 - 6 p.m.

Register here in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you have questions for the Secretary of State Benson or staff or LWVMI VP Sue Smith, please send to president@lwvmi.org

About Serving on the Commission:

  • The Commission will begin meeting by Fall of 2020, no later than Oct. 15.
  • The Commission must solicit public input from communities across the state through open meetings and public hearings (at least 15 total).
  • Each of the 13 commissioners will receive compensation of about $40,000.
  • The deadline for the Commission to adopt a redistricting plan for Michigan's House and Senate and U.S. Congressional districts is Nov. 1, 2021.

These new districts will take effect for the 2022 elections.

Happy Census Day! It's time to get COUNTED!

April 1 is Census Day, the official launch of the 2020 Census! As so much around us is rapidly changing, the census is one thing that remains the same. It is one action that we can still take to support our communities and participate fully in our democracy.

Completing the census is about collecting the necessary information to determine funding for our community needs. Census data is used to distribute billions of dollars in funding that goes to ensure that public safety, health facilities, businesses, and communities have the resources they need to take care of their communities. In these times of uncertainty and physical distancing, standing together in with our communities is ever more important.

Click here to be directed to the official site of the U.S. Census Bureau

Click here for the revised timeline adjustments

Absentee Voting in Michigan

An important reminder (especially after witnessing those long voter lines in other states' primaries!), that thanks to the passage of Promote the Vote in 2018, Michigan now has "no-reason Absentee Voting".

So should you prefer to vote in the comfort of your own home, you can request an absentee ballot without needing a reason. Then you may either mail it in or drop it off with your local clerk.

Go to Michigan.gov/sos to request your absentee ballot. Also, please note that you will be given the option to make this request permanently or just for the next upcoming election.

GP Chamber of Commerce's List of Local Restaurants Remaining Open

The Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce is complying a list of restaurants that are still open for either carry out, curbside, and/or delivery.

Click here, to see which of our wonderful local eateries you can support.

2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission

***SPECIAL ALERT: Applications Now Being Accepted for the Citizens Redistricting Commission***

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced at a press conference that the application process is now open for Michigan's Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Applications are now available online and can be found at www.redistrictingmichigan.org.

The League of Women Voters of Michigan is pleased the Citizens Redistricting Commission is moving forward for the 2022 election. We have worked hard for fair districts and we are excited that the end of Michigan's severely gerrymandered districts is now in sight.

According to the Secretary of State "all applications must be printed and notarized before being returned to the Michigan Department of State by June 1, 2020."

Additional fliers explaining the timeline & process for joining the commission that'll draw Michigan's political district lines are:


Michigan's Online Voter Registration is Live!!

From the office of Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson:
"We are pleased to announce that the Online Voter Registration website is now available and can be found at www.Michigan.gov/VoterRegistration.

Or reach the tool by going to www.Michigan.gov/Vote and selecting the "Register to Vote" option located on the left panel of the page.

Residents across the state can take advantage of this convenient way of registering to vote. Current voters can easily change their address using this website.

Registering to vote has never been easier and can be accomplished by navigating five easy screens:
1) Welcome screen 2) Qualifications 3) Personal information 4) Address 5) Congratulations screen with receipt option

To use this convenient website, visitors must currently have a Michigan Driver's License or Personal Identification Card and qualify to vote in the state of Michigan (i.e., citizen, age, residency).

New registrations and changes of addresses will be passed to the Qualified Voter File (QVF) in real time!

- December 3, 2019

Additional voting rights & election protection info

The website michiganvoting.org, an excellent new resource sponsored by the ACLU with contributions from LWVMI, NAACP and many voting rights advocate organizations, went live this month! Visit Michiganvoting.org for voting rights and election protection information.

HOT OFF THE PRESS: LWVGP'S "YOUR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS" IS NOW AVAILABLE

LWVGP's comprehensive brochure which lists the officials who represent you in the many different levels of government is now available. Look for it at local city halls, schools, libraries and other civic institutions, or print it out here: Page 1 and Page 2

DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

The League of Women Voters, in both its values and practices, affirms its belief and commitment to diversity and inclusion. LWV recognizes that diverse perspectives are important and necessary for responsible and representative decision making, and subscribes to the belief that diversity and inclusion are fundamental to the values it upholds.
Inclusiveness enhances the organization's ability to respond more effectively to changing conditions and needs, and therefore, LWV will in both principles and practices promote the inclusion in participation in any activity of LWV all persons whatever their gender, race, socio-economic status, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.

Read the League's policies that define its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by clicking here and here.

LWV Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Webinars

A series of webinars, which provides a deeper dive into the DEI topic, offer tools any member can use in League work or other aspects of life. The webinars are free and you can choose to either participate or just listen in.

Sign up for these upcoming DEI webinars:

For additional details and info on past webinars, go to DEI webinars and resources

LWV Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Webinars

Webinars are available covering the various aspects of the issue. Check it out here. LWVUS lists dates, times, and details of the monthly presentations.

You can register for upcoming webinars as well as review materials which accompanied the prior presentations.

Feb 14th: LWV's 100th anniversary

The 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voter's national organization, is Feb. 14. All leagues throughout the country are asked to participate in several ways.

We're inviting our members to participate in the online social media campaign for that day. Marge Freundl, who handles our Facebook page, will be posting pics of members, along with a statement of WHY that person joined the League. To participate, just fill out this simple form - and either send a selfie to lwvgrossepointe@gmail.com or plan to smile and say cheese for the camera at our Jan. 29 event.

You can read about the LWVUS' history here

LWV's Voter Guides & Voter Information

Vote411.org

Voters need simple, helpful tools to navigate the voting process & election day, and Vote411.org is the nation's premiere, on-line election resource.

To build your personalized voter guide, go to Vote411.org, which provides voter guides and information on polling place, voting hours, and tips about voting in Michigan.

Understanding Michigan's New Voting Laws

Proposal 3 was a measure that expanded voting rights by making voting more accessible to more people. To learn about the changes, download your own copy of the LWVGP brochure New Rights for Michigan Voters

Important links to the Secretary of State's Office for voting information

LWVGP Bylaws

With the merger of the Ed Fund and the LWVGP in 2019, we adopted new bylaws.
Click here to review

Local, State, and National LWV Links

Read LWVGP's Newsletter The Voter

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Check out the LWV's New Member Handbook here


The League of Women Voters encourages the informed and active participation in government; works to increase understanding of major public policy issues; and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League is strictly nonpartisan, neither endorsing candidates nor supporting political parties. The LWVGP, in both its values and its practices, reaffirms its commitment to diversity. Membership is open to individuals of all ages.