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Jan 29: Annual Program Planning Meeting

Annual program planning is coming up! RSVP now.

Wed, Jan 29
6:30 p.m.
The Annex (building behind the GP Unitarian Church)
17150 Maumee Ave
GP 48230

Instead of Chinese food, this year will include an Italian menu from The Pepperoni Grille.

$15/person includes dinner of spaghetti, pizza, salad, rolls, soft drinks.

Please RSVP. You can print out the RSVP form here, and remember to enclose your check.
DEADLINE for RSVP's is January 25

Send checks made out to LWVGP to
Vicki Granger, 2073 Norwood, GP Woods, MI 48236

Need a ride? League Taxi Service available! Contact Jan Wells at 313.884.9604 and don't miss the fun!

March 10, 2020 Presidential Primary

The 2020 Presidential Primary is designated as a "closed primary", which means citizens participating in the election must choose a Democratic, Republican or no-Presidential Primary (local issues only where applicable) ballot when voting absentee or at the polls on Election Day.

Please note: While a voter must select a specific party ballot, there is no political party registration in Michigan's voter registration system.

Applications for an Absentee Ballot that is unique to this year's March 10 Presidential Primary can be printed from here.

The three ballot types to choose from are:
1) Republican Party Presidential Primary Ballot;
2) Democratic Party Presidential Primary Ballot; or
3) Ballot without a Presidential Primary (LOCAL ISSUES ONLY).

The form also features the option to join the Permanent Absentee Voter List for future elections.

To learn more about Michigan's Closed Presidential Primary Election click here.

School Board Interviews Available Online.

GPPSS School Board Q&A with Candidates

BOE - Special Meeting
Thurs, Jan. 16
Two Panels at 6:00 and 7:30 PM
Brownell MS - Multipurpose Room
260 Chalfonte
GP Farms, MI 48236

From the GPPSS administration: "There are 16 candidates who have applied to fill this vacancy by BOE appointment. There will be two sessions (8 candidates a piece): one starting at 6 p.m., one at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. This will be taped and televised, but not livestreamed so those candidates in the second session do not have an advantage over those in the first session.
The League of Women Voters Grosse Pointe will be moderating.

The administration is providing a copy of the candidates' applications online. Read them here

Check back Thursday evening, the LWVGP hopes to post a link to the interviews as soon as it receives it.

Comments to the Board following the interviews can be made here

The Board of Education will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m., January 17, (in Brownell's MPR) to appoint a new trustee. That trustee will begin with the regular board meeting January 27. For additional information click here

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

Or reach the tool by going to 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

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

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:

Preliminary Summary: "Promote the Vote" and the November 5th Election

Preliminary information from the Michigan Secretary of State shows that Michigan voters took advantage of the new Promote the Vote constitutional amendment. Within 14 days of the November 5 election, 2,022 Michigan voters registered to vote and voted, with over 1,131 registering and voting on Election Day!

One-third of those registering on Election Day were 18-21 years old and more than half were 30 years old or younger. In addition, 314 people aged 60 or older registered and voted during the 14-day timeframe.

With additional education and awareness about the new law, these numbers should only increase for the 2020 election.

Save the Date! Dec 11: Holiday Gathering

This year's LWVGP Holiday gathering is at the home of Sue Acton on Wednesday, Dec 11.

Members are encouraged to attend and bring their spouse, significant other, or even a good friend!

The cost is $5 per person, payable at the door. That helps cover the cost of paper goods and soft drinks.
Attendees are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert type dish.
If you care for some wine or beer, BYOB.

Please RSVP by Friday, December 6, to Vicki Granger by clicking here, or by emailing Vicki at
Let us know the number attending and what you plan to bring.

Please refer to your directory for the address.

Save the Date! Nov 21: Gerrymandering, Redistricting, and the Census

Join us for a presentation on 'Gerrymandering, Redistricting, and the Census' which will include details of LWVMI's gerrymandering lawsuit (explained in this Detroit Free Press article) as well as the process and progress of Michigan's Citizen Redistricting Commission.

Be sure to attend, and bring a friend. This presentation is at the core of what LWV stands for - fairness in voting!

Gerrymandering, Redistricting, and the Census
Thurs, Nov 21
7 p.m.
Wayne County Community College
19305 Vernier Rd
Harper Woods, MI 48225
(Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center)

LWV's Voter Guides & Voter Information

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

To build your personalized voter guide, go to, 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

LWV Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Webinars

A series of webinars, which provides a deeper dive into the DEI topic, began June 27th. These webinars, (recordings of the Spring ones are still available), 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:

October 30, 2019. Register
November 21, 2019. Register
December 19, 2019. Register

For additional information, go to DEI webinars and resources


The League of Women Voters, in both its values and practices, affirms its belief and commitment to diversity and pluralism. LWV recognizes that diverse perspectives are important and necessary for responsible and representative decision making, and subscribes to the belief that diversity and pluralism are fundamental to the values it upholds.
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