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The LWV candidate forums have been scheduled!

There are 5 forums in 4 different nights covering 2 school board elections (Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods) as well as races for the State Rep and State Senator who represent you in Lansing.

The public is welcomed and encouraged! Come and get to know the candidates.
Click here for the full schedule

GP's State Senate, 2nd District, Candidate Forum: Wed, Oct 22nd

Wednesday, October 22nd
7:30-9:00 pm
Grosse Pointe Park Court Room
15115 E Jefferson, GPP 48230

Candidates are Jeffrey Hall, Bert Johnson, & Mark Ashley Price

Voter Guides for Statewide Races

Watch the GP School Board Forum on your computer or Channel 20

Click here to view the GP School Board Candidate Forum

The GPPS' Channel 20 will also be broadcasting the forum for a week at 7:00 pm beginning Wednesday, October 8th.

League of Women Voters, along with the Oakland Bar Association, Detroit Public TV, Detroit Free Press and Detroit News are co-sponsoring a Candidate Forum for the Michigan Supreme Court.

WTVS Detroit Public Television (DPTV), along with the Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA), the League of Women Voters of Michigan and of Oakland Area, the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News will give voters the opportunity to learn about the candidates running for the Michigan Supreme Court through a forum to be recorded in the DPTV studio on Wednesday, October 15.

Detroit Public Television will broadcast the 30-minute event on its digital channel 56.2 on Tuesday, October 21 at 6 p.m. and again Wednesday, October 22 at 9 p.m.

Three seats are up for election on the Michigan Supreme Court this November. Two are full-term seats, the third is a partial-term to fill the vacancy of long-time Justice Michael Cavanagh, who is age limited by the Michigan Constitution.

The six candidates invited to the forum are: incumbents Hon. Brian Zahra (8-year term) and Hon. David Viviano (two-year term) along with new candidates Hon. Deborah Thomas, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge, attorney Richard Bernstein of Birmingham, Hon. Bill Murphy, Chief Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals Second District, and Hon. James Robert Redford, Kent County Circuit Court Judge.

The forum will be moderated by the League of Women Voters and will consist of three panelists, one each from the OCBA, the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press.

Click here at to watch a broadcast of the forum.


For your personalized voter guide, go to, which provides voter guides; helps the electorate find their City Council district & their polling place; check voting hours; and read tips about voting in Michigan.

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

For additional information & voter guides, you can go to:
1) Type in your complete address,
2) Click "Get personalized information on candidates and issues",
3) Click "Find my information"
4) Click "Go to my races"
5) For the full list of your possible voter guides, click "All my races"

Check out a Sample Ballot

Click here to see sample ballots posted by the city halls of Grosse Pointe; Grosse Pointe Woods; and Harper Woods

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

Community Meeting: "Detroit's Bankruptcy: A Primer for the Non-Lawyer."

The League is hosting a meeting titled "Detroit's Bankruptcy: A Primer for the Non-Lawyer." Our guest speaker is Laura Bartell, professor, Wayne State University Law School.

Wednesday, November 19
7 - 9 pm
Grosse Pointe War Memorial
32 Lakeshore Dr
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

League of Women Voters Holiday Party

December 10, 2014
Cotswold Cafe
Edsel and Eleanor Ford House
1100 Lake Shore
GP Shores, MI 48236

6:15 Check-In, 6:30 Dinner

The event costs $37.00 and menu choices are chicken or pasta.

Questions? Call Mary Jo J at 884 5495
Reservations are due by Thursday,27th.
Print out the reservation form here

Lake Michigan LWV Annual Meeting on Oct 3-5 in Traverse City

League members are invited to the Lake Michigan League of Women Voters Annual Meeting to be held October 3, 4, and 5 at the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City, Michigan. The program will focus primarily on "Climate Change and Biodiversity for Lake Michigan". Speakers include:

  • Michigan State Climatologist Jeff Andresen speaking on Historical and Projected Future Climate Trends in Michigan and the Great Lakes Region
  • Research Fishery Biologist David Bunnell speaking on Stress to the Lake Michigan Food Web - How Does Climate Change Compare to Other Threats?
  • State Director of The Nature Conservancy Helen Taylor speaking on The Changing Scale of Conservation
  • Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council Program Director Grenetta Thomassey speaking on 2014: A Year to Speak Water to Power

Our keynote speaker at the Saturday-evening banquet will be Hans VanSumeren, Director of the Great Lakes Studies Institute. His presentation will be Beneath the Surface: A Deep Dive Perspective on the Great Lakes, Discovering Our Past, And Contemplating Our Water Future.

Field trips include guided kayaking/canoeing trip on the Boardman River, driving tour in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and visiting the Inland Seas Education Center.

For more details on the program, please go refer to the Annual Meeting announcement or check the Web site

For questions, contact Judy Morlan at

Women's Equality Day: August 26th

Ninety-four years ago today, after decades of tireless advocacy, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote. The fight for universal suffrage continues today, so as we mark this historic anniversary, we are reminded how valuable our right to vote remains....

Election Day is our opportunity to support our community and have a say in our future. These elections are about our jobs, our health, our communities and our future. They're about us; we all need to weigh in.

Rooted in the movement that made the victory on August 26, 1920 possible, the League of Women Voters has always been committed to educating and turning out voters, and we're not stopping now....

-Elisabeth MacNamara
Chair, League of Women Voters

Presidential Team

Presidential Team

The Grosse Pointe League has had co-Presidents before, but this year we are trying something brand new - a four person Presidential Team. It appears it needs four of us to fill the shoes of outgoing President Christina Schlitt, who has led us so efficiently and with such graciousness. All of us are committed to keeping our League an important part of this community and having fun doing it!

(Left to Right: Judy Morlan, Ann Nicholson, Sharon Riley, & Mary Zahler)

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The League of Women Voters encourages the informed and active participation of citizens 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 men and women of all ages.