LWVDDH News, October 19, 2020
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Empowering Voters
Defending Democracy
Q&A Zoom Member Meeting with City Clerks
October 22, 2020 at 7 pm
The League has invited the city clerks from Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, and Inkster to a Zoom meeting to answer our voting questions from League members and the public about the upcoming elections.

Dearborn City Clerk George Darany is confirmed to participate, and we are hoping that Dearborn Heights City Clerk Lynne Senia and Inkster City Clerk Felicia Rutledge will be able to join us. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own questions and concerns to this meeting so we can educate ourselves and others. You will post the questions in Chat. This is a great opportunity to hear directly from our city clerks who can give us a local perspective on the voting scene.

League members will receive a Zoom invite via email a few days before the meeting. Members of the public are also welcome to attend - please send a message through our website "Contact Us" page at https://my.lwv.org/michigan/dearborn-dearborn-heights/contact-us stating that you wish to participate and we will send a Zoom invitation to you. You can also "reply" to this email with your RSVP and questions.

Hope you can join us!!
On October 16, a state Court of Appeals panel overruled a September 18th ruling by Judge Cynthia Stephens that would have made allowances for late ballots. The new ruling means that absentee ballots MUST be delivered to local clerks by 8 pm on Election Day. The appellate ruling also overturned a decision that would have allowed a third party to collect absentee ballots from voters in a three-day window ahead of Election Day.
The last day to register to vote online or by mail is Monday, October 19. Beginning October 20 through 8:00 pm on Election day, November 3, individuals who wish to register to vote have one way to do so, in-person at their city or township clerk's office with proof of residency.

"Proof of Residency" is a document with your name and current address in the city or township where you wish to register to vote:

A Michigan driver's license or state ID card
A utility bill
A bank statement
A paycheck
Any other government document
AV Ballots Stats as of October 13
Dearborn - 22,672 requested, 22097 issued, 6,829 received
Dearborn Heights - 13,086 requested, 13,042 issues, 5050 received
Inkster - 5913 requested, 5781 issued, 1477 received
The League still has several VOTE411.org lawn signs we would like to get out in the neighborhood. Please contact us if you can use one. Please note that the sign cannot be posted in a yard that has any campaign lawn signs.

We also have several copies of the booklet "Know Your Voting Rights" from ACLU/Michiganvoting.org. The same information is available on the website michiganvoting.org. Please let me know if you can take some and distribute. We have many of the English and some in Spanish and Arabic.

Lastly, we also have some bumper stickers from Michiganvoting.org. Let me know if you can use one.

We also still have state voter guides if you can distribute.

Contact Mary Jo at info@lwvddh.org if you can use any of these materials.
You can view the next meeting of the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission live at Facebook.com/RedistrictingMI. Here is the meeting schedule:

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 - 9:00 a.m. to to 12:00 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Check RedistrictingMichigan.org for current information.

October 19 - Deadline to register to vote online and by mail
October 22 - Member meeting with City Clerks, 7 pm
October 22 - Presidential Debate, 9 pm
October 24 - Vote Early Day
November 3 - Election Day, voters may still register to vote at clerk's office
Wayne County Commissioner Sam Baydoun presented a Virtual Voter Engagement Town Hall on his Facebook page on 10/13/20. Here is the link
Whose Vote Counts is a new documentary from FRONTLINE, Columbia Journalism School, Columbia Journalism Investigations and USA TODAY NETWORK reporters, look at whose vote counts - and whose may not. Airing Tuesday, 10/20 on PBS.
Engaging Immigrant and Ethnic Communities in the 2020 Election is a webinar presented by Global Detroit on October 2, 2020. Here is link.
Which Side of History? How Technology is Reshaping Democracy and Our Lives / James P. Steyer. Chronicle Prism.
If you are an Amazon shopper, you can make a donation to our Education Fund . Go to AmazonSmile and look for the Education Fund League of Women Voters Dearborn-Dearborn Hts Education Fund. Thank you!
The League of Women Voters Dearborn-Dearborn Heights is a member organization with affiliation with LWVUS and LWVMI. Membership dues run from July 1- June 30. Dues are $60.00 for individuals, $90.00 for households, and $10.00 for students. To join online, please go to www.lwvddh.org and click "Join/Renew on main page.  An application form can also be found and can be mailed to LWV, 120 N. Military, Dearborn MI 48124. Thank you.
Mary Jo Durivage, President
Karen Jones, Vice President
Carolyn Buell, Treasurer
Toni Tront, Secretary

Geri Biggs, Director
Laura Dudgeon, Director
Peggy Kearney, Director
Marlyne Kilbey, Director
Jennifer Oliver, Director, Voter Service
Jennifer Teller, Director
League of Women Voters Dearborn/Dearborn Heights
120 N. Military · Dearborn, MI 48124