THE VOTER
 LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF THE MIDLAND AREA
July 2018
Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

The League of Women Voters is a national, political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in their government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.  The League is non-partisan and as an organization does not endorse or oppose candidates or political parties.

Dear League Members 

Join us in celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment on February 14, 2020. In the coming two years, we will be celebrating this milestone.

Since the 2016 Convention, the League - with state Leagues, stakeholders, donors, and members - conducting a strategic planning process, culminating in the Transformation Roadmap. The purpose of the Roadmap, is to transform the League into a more inclusive and diverse organization.

Thus, the LWVUS has a new:
  • Mission Statement: Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.
  • Vision Statement: We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge, and the confidence to participate.
  • Value Statement: We believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy.
The slogan is Creating a More Perfect Democracy. There is also an anniversary logo, which you can see above. Be looking for these in our online presence and print products.

Yours in League,

Katherine Redwine, President
Volunteer Opportunity! County Fair!
LWV is going to the Midland County Fair August 12-18 , with a table in the Merchant's Building! 

We will offer voter registration and information on League priorities, with special emphasis on the Promote the Vote initiative. We plan to cover the booth four hours each day in two shifts -- 4-6pm and 6-8 pm each day, plus additional shifts of 12-2 and 2-4pm on Wednesday for "Seniors day". We need people to staff the table in 2-hour shifts. If you can volunteer for a 2-hour shift (you'll have a partner), please contact Sue McCollister, suedonmc@aol.com or 631-4180. The voter registration process will be simple, and we will train you.
Candidate Forums
Primary & General Elections

Our primary forum on July 9 featured the 98th District House race Republican candidates Annette Glenn and Carl Hamann and Ward 1 City Council candidates John Metevia and Jeremy Rodgers. LWV President Katherine Redwine served as moderator, and all went as planned. Co-sponsor MCTV did a great job producing the event, which will be broadcast periodically on Charter 191/ATT 99 until the election. It can also be seen on YouTube here.
 
Many thanks to MCTV Manager Matt Richardson and his crew, and to League members Kim Steinke and Carol McPherson who served as timers, and Cathy Mitzel for welcoming the candidates and attendees.

After the Primary election on August 7, we'll go to work on candidate forums for our general election races. We plan to have a forum for all four contested area races: 36th District State Senate, 98th District House, and County Commissioner Districts 3 and 5, and we're asking for your help in formulating questions. Please give us your ideas on what issues you think voters would like the candidates to address in the forum. You can send your ideas to Sue McCollister, suedonmc@aol.com or 631-4180. Thanks!

Vote411.org is your one-stop shop  for election information!
 
VOTE411.org  now has the candidate information for your area. The best way to access it is to enter your address, and click on "Get Personalized information on candidates and issues." 
You will see information about all items on your ballot except City or Township items.

At the end of the candidate information for races on your ballot, you will see  Other Voting Guides and Candidate Debate Videos . These include a link to our Candidate Forum and interviews by the Mt. Pleasant LWV with the primary candidates for the 99th District.

Please tell people who ask about Vote411.org.

Primary August 7

On the Ballot in August:

City Council Ward 1: 
City Council Ward 1: Pam Hall, John Metevia, and Jeremy Rodgers (non-partisan, top two go to general election)

State Representative, 98th District:
Annette Glenn (R)
Carl Hamann (R)

Other primary races are unopposed.

County-wide Millages
MCESA -  1.5 mills millage renewal request
Midland County Senior Services
Midland County Roads
Midland County EMS
Midland County Gypsy Moth Control

and Township millages in Geneva, Warren, Jerome and Porter.

To see your actual ballot:
Check Michigan.gov/vote, enter your information, and look at "Ballot Preview" (now available).
Print Voter Guide coming Oct 13

We are also ready to prepare our hard copy Voter Guide, to be published with the Midland Daily News on Saturday, October 13. Our immediate task is contacting the individuals, organizations and businesses in our community who have made generous contributions in the past, to ask for their continued financial support.

As generous as these donors are, their contributions do not completely cover the cost of producing the Guide, and we are so appreciative that each election season, we have members who also donate to this effort. If you wish to donate, make out a check to LWV of the Midland Area and mail it to LWV Midland Area, PO Box 1301, Midland 48640. For a tax-deductible donation, make the check payable to LWVEF.
In the News - items of interest
Voters Not Politicians Redistricting Proposal

The signatures have been collected and turned in, but there is a legal challenge. The challengers claim that the proposal is too involved to be a constitutional amendment.  The lawsuit has been heard by the Michigan Supreme Court. A ruling has not yet been issued.  See Report here.

Promote the Vote logo

Boxes of petitions were presented to the Secretary of State on July 9. Over 430,000 signatures were turned in. The Michigan LWV members gathered almost 20,000 signatures.

Now, we must educate the public about the proposal, and convince them to vote. We'll be talking about this at the Kickoff Meet Greet and Learn in September. Watch for more information.

VOTING INFORMATION
Bay County

The Bay County Clerk has put instructional videos on their web page demonstrating how to use their new voting equipment. Their system is different than Midland's. Thank-you, Bay County Clerk
Meet your new voting machines
See the 16 minute video at   http://mctv.midland-mi.org/Cablecast/Public/Show.aspx?ChannelID=1&ShowID=8918 (click on link or copy & paste into your browser address bar)

School Millage - MCESA

Please vote YES on MCESA and local school district millages on August 7

This renewal millage raises funds that are distributed to the four Midland county school districts for special programs. 

Coleman Community Schools are requesting a bond to raise $2,210,000 for new boilers, replacement windows in the old section of the elementary school, security enhancements, and school buses. This bond issue will NOT raise the current millage for Coleman Schools residents. There is an expiring bond that will offset the millage. For more information, call Coleman Superintendent at (989) 465-6060.
Upcoming Events

Aug 7, 7am - 8pm - Vote in Primary

Aug 12-18 - County FAIR! We have a table in the Merchants Building. Look for opportunities to help woman the table! See signup information above.

Sept , 7 - 9 pm - Meet, Greet and Learn
Creative 360. Date to be determined.

Sept 17-19 Voter Registration at Delta College. Watch for signup information.

late Sept/early Oct 
General Election Candidate Forum
City Hall Council Chambers
More info coming!

Nov 6, 7am - 8pm Election Day - VOTE!

Dec 6 - Holiday Luncheon - Mark your Calendar!
LWV logo
The Woman's Hour by Elaine Weiss
Elaine Weiss was the keynote speaker at the Convention Banquet. She was exciting, and told us about the fight to get Tennessee to ratify the amendment. All parties were present: women anti-suffrage groups, pro-suffrage groups, and anti- and pro- suffrage male politicians - the ones who must vote to ratify. I highly recommend reading this book. K.Redwine
Board Members
The board meets the First Thursday of each month at Creative360, 9:30-11:30. No meeting in June or July. All members are welcome. 

President - Katherine Redwine
Treasurer - Karen Sherwood
Secretary - Judy McDowell
VP Membership - Carol McPherson
VP Program -  Judy Donahue
Director, Voter Service - Sue McCollister
Director, Voter Service - Kim Steinke
Director, Natural Resources - Carole Swinehart
Director, Natural Resources - Sandy Collinson
Director, Sandy Haughton
Director, Webpage - Julie Schmidt
Director, Bay County - Pam Saddler
Director, Print Media - Cathy Heng
Director, Sharron Such
Director, Terry Townley
Director, Bay County Convener - Pam Saddler

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League of Women Voters of the Midland Area
KatherineTaylorRedwine@gmail.com  
P.O. Box 1203
Midland, MI 48641-1203