THE VOTER
 LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF THE MIDLAND AREA
January 2018
Redistricting Reform Update
Monday, Jan 22, 7pm
Creative 360
1517 Bayliss St, Midland, MI 
Redistricting Reform
Updated information will be presented on Jan 22, 7pm at Creative360. The situation is evolving which makes it difficult to summarize here. 

To be prepared for the meeting, consider reading any of the following:

From the LWVMI on Dec 22

 "The Michigan League of Women Voters today filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of voters throughout Michigan to end the practice of unfair, partisan gerrymandering," said Judy Karandjeff, president of the Michigan League of Women Voters. "Michigan's State House, Senate and Congressional districts are among the worst in the nation when it comes to partisan gerrymandering, and today's lawsuit aims to fix the problem and restore voters' rights to choose who best represents them. Ending partisan gerrymandering is critical to preserve our democracy and ensure every vote counts," said Sue Smith, director of the League's Redistricting Program. 

From LWVMI on Dec 18

The League of Women Voters of Michigan supports the ballot proposal initiated by Voters Not Politicians (VNP), that calls for an Independent Commission to establish district lines. On December 18, 2017, VNP submitted the requisite number of petition signatures to the Secretary of State's office. We congratulate VNP on its successful efforts.

Program Planning
February 8,  1-3pm
Creative360

What do we mean by Program Planning? League program is the education and advocacy platform that we adopt to move our mission forward. (LWV.org)

All levels of the LWV have a Program statement.  At this meting, we will be reviewing our  Local Program   and  questions from the LWV of the US .   All members are invited to participate in the Program Planning Meeting on  February 8. 

Our input on the National Program is submitted to the LWVUS. Then the 2018-2020 national program will be voted on by delegates a t the 2018 National Convention in Chicago.

Impact on Issues is the League of Women Voters official document on policies and positions.
VOTE411 launched in Bay County!

Our Bay County Unit published VOTE411, our online Voter Guide, with candidate information for the local Bay County election on November 7.

Races were contested for the Bay City Commission Wards 1, 3 and 5, and for two City Council seats in Essexville.  VOTE411 usage data showed that 107 unique individuals accessed the information on the candidates prior to election.

Since the League is a new presence in the Bay County community, we consider this a "good start". We look forward to further serving Bay County residents with voter information in the upcoming elections later this year.

Pam Saddler, President, Bay County Unit of Midland Area LWV
Sue McCollister, Voter Service Chair, Midland Area LWV 

Michigan State of Education Report

The Education Trust- Midwest, a nonpartisan research and advocacy organization, has published their 2 016 Michigan State of Eduction Report. Titled, "Michigan's Talent Crisis:The Economic Case for Rebuilding Michigan's Broken Public Education System"  the report deals with steps to reach the goal of becoming a top ten education state. Today, Michigan's K-12 system is among the weakest in the country and getting worse. In a little more than a decade, Michigan has gone from being a fairly average state in elementary reading and math achievement to the bottom 10 states. This is a devastating fall.

How can we reverse this?
Historian Position Available
Our League is in need of a Historian. The historian is responsible for the maintenance of photographs and press clippings. According to the Records Retention schedule for Midland Area LWV:
  • Photos are retained for 5 years as Working Files in the custody of the Historian, then submitted for archiving.
  • Press clippings are retained for 5 years as Working Files in the custody of the Historian, then submitted for archiving "if historically significant".
Primary duties -

Photos : Board and other League members will submit photos to the Historian as they become available, to be maintained in Working Files.

Press clippings : The Historian will monitor Midland Daily News for coverage of our League and save articles in original newsprint form.

Other publications will be screened as appropriate, e.g. Midland County Newsletter, M-Live online. (Need to decide whether articles should be clipped from the paper, vs. saving the entire page.)

On a yearly basis, the Historian will submit both types of records that are ready for archiving (at least 5 years old) to the President, who will present the documents to the Historical Society. In cases where photos or press clippings are expected to be used in the next few years, the records may be retained in Working Files and not submitted for archiving.

Backlogs : With guidance from experienced board member(s), the Historian will review photos and press clippings that may have accumulated in Board members' possession and need to be processed for retention.

Upcoming Events
Jan 22, 7pm - Redistricting Update
Creative360
Katherine Redwine using the LWVMI presentation.

Feb 8, 1-3pm
Creative360
Program Planning

Feb 21, 2pm - Pay Equity: Past & Present
Creative360
Judy Donahue

April 9-13 - Delta College
Voter Registration
Sign up information coming in Feb.

March or April - Tour of new voting machines. Details coming.

May 16, 6pm - Annual Meeting & Dinner
C. Bradley Kaye, Midland City Manager
RSVP  Sharron Such by 

Jun 12, 5:30 - Fun & Frolic
Pontoon ride on Sanford Lake - arrive at Sharron Such's house at 5:30
Dinner at Sanford Lake Bar & Grill - 6pm
Join the boating group at restaurant. RSVP to Sharron or 689-4148.

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Board Members
President - Katherine Redwine
Treasurer - Karen Sherwood
Secretary - Julie Schmidt - also website
VP Membership - Judy McDowell
VP Program - Sharron Such
Director, Program Co-chair - Judy Donahue
Director, Voter Service - Sue McCollister
Director, Voter Service - Kim Steinke
Director, Voter Service - Al Bailey
Director, Natural Resources - Carole Swinehart
Director, Natural Resources - Sandy Collinson
Director, Education - Terry Townley
Director, Sandy Haughton
Director, Membership - Carol McPherson
Director, Bay County - Pam Saddler
Director, Print Media - Cathy Heng
Director at Large - Fran Hamburg

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