May - June 2018
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.

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Dear League Members 

Summer is coming fast and will be gone just as fast.

The League will be participating in a number of activities this summer due to the August 7 primary and November 6 General Elections.

In the planning stages are candidate forums for five races: City Council Ward 1, County Commissioners Districts 3 & 5, State House 98th District, State Senate 36th District. Look for a primary forum in early July.

The Voter Service team will be collecting and entering information in VOTE411. We send questions to contested candidates for local races. The candidates enter their answers directly into VOTE411.

We're going to the County Fair August 12-18! We've reserved a table in the Merchants' Building and will offer voter registration, election information and other League-related info. Be prepared to take a shift if you can.

Here's to a productive and fun summer!

Yours in League,

Katherine Redwine, President
LWV-MI announces Life Members
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LWV Life Members
(back row) Fran Hamburg, Maureen Pillepich, Barbara McGregor
(front row) Evelyn Lipowitz, Lucille Bicknell, Julie Schmidt

These women are among those who were part of the founding or provisional League of Women Voters of the Midland Area in 1967-1968.
Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting on May 16 was a wonderful gathering devoted to fellowship and information.

"The LWV of the Midland Area has earned the trust of the community through devotion to non-partisanship, program longevity and responding to new developments.  Our activities are led by our positions--local, state and national.  Emphasis is on voting rights, voter education and advocacy." Katherine Redwine
During the meeting, the members adopted the Program of the LWV-Midland Area and the 2018-2019 Budget.

Elected for Two Year Terms are:
First VP for Program: Judy  Donahue
Treasurer:  Karen Sherwood
Directors:  Sandy Collinson, Sandra Haughton, and Julie Schmidt. 

Elected for One Year Terms are
1st Vice-President for Membership:  Carol McPherson 
Secretary:  Judy McDowell  

Complete Board - see below

Photo Annual Meeting 2018
Annual Meeting 2018
Photo Annual Meeting 2018
Sharron Such, Maureen Pillepich, Rosemary Wilson, Rhosan Stryker, Dree Stryker, John McKelvey

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Sandra Haughton, Connie Glave, and Carole Swinehart
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Annual Meeting 2018

Voter registration at Bullock Creek
Photo voter registration at Bullock Creek
Voter Registration at Bullock Creek High School

On May 16, Sue McCollister helped  register 23 kids at  Bullock   Creek  HS in an hour.

Clerk Deputies Vicki Buckey and John Keefer r egistering students to Vote at Bullock Creek High School.

Vicki Buckley from the City of Midland and John Keefer from Midland County were there as official registrars.

In the News - items of interest
Meridian Schools Bond Issue

The second election about the Meridian Schools bond proposal was held May 8.  The proposal passed,  873-867. Since the difference is 6 votes in favor, a request for a recount was filed. The recount will take place  June 5  at  1 p.m.  in the Board of Commissioners meeting room at the Midland County Services Building, 220 W. Ellsworth St. 
Midland Public Schools Open Houses

Midland Public Schools is holding public open houses the week of June 4 to share the work done with bond dollars so far. Staff members will be on hand to answer questions about each building. 

The schedule is as follows:
Central Auditorium and Central Elementary
Monday June 4, 5:30-7 pm

Plymouth Elementary
Wednesday June 6, 5:30-7pm

Woodcrest Elementary
Thursday, June 7, 5:30-7  

The LWV of the Midland Area supported the bond issue in 2015.

LWVMI Redistricting Lawsuit

The Gerrymandering lawsuit filed by the LWVMI and others continues to make its way through the courts. The panel of three judges ruled last week that the gerrymandering lawsuit raised by members of Michigan's League of Women Voters and several other Democrats will proceed. A trial is scheduled for February.
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Three hundred sixteen thousand -- 316,000 

That's the number of valid signatures we need by the end of June to get real voting reform on the November ballot. However, the LWV of Michigan's quota is 25,000 signatures.

Our League has sent in 355 signatures and I have several sheets waiting to go.

Please return sheets to Katherine Redwine by June 1. If you have sheets, you may mail them to me or drop them off with Judy McDowell. Email me at if you have questions.
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, enter your information, and look at "Ballot Preview" (available closer to the election date)
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 (click on link or copy & paste into your browser address bar)

Historian Needed

Our League is in need of a Historian.  This is not a Board position. It would require a few hours several time per year. The historian will keep track of press clippings, photos, other publications. Annually, the historian will submit materials to the Archives at the Midland County Historical Society.

Please contact Sue McCollister if you are interested. 631-4180 or

Upcoming Events
Jun 19, 5:30 - Fun & Frolic -- Note Date Change
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 Such ( or 689-4148.

Jun 22, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm - It's Your Vote! Upcoming Millage Proposals - Michael Sharrow, MPS on the MCESA millage renewal 
To register for the program, call 633-3700 by 9:00am on the day of the program. Please be sure to specify if registering for the program only or the program and lunch. Attendees planning to have lunch need to arrive by 11:30am at Trailside. Space is limited in the room, so please call ahead to reserve a spot. Lunches are by suggested donation for those over 60, or $6 for those under 60, payable at the door.
Charles Schwedler, Executive Director of Senior Services who will discuss the Senior Millage Proposal.

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! Hours to be determined.

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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

Quick Links
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City of Midland
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League of Women Voters of the Midland Area  
P.O. Box 1203
Midland, MI 48641-1203