September 2017
Time flies . . . when we are busy
The new board and I are working to provide voter service and educational programs to the voters in Midland County. See the statement below about the redistricting issue. If you have a small group who wants to hear details about the redistricting process and issues, please email Sue McCollister.

Although not many people registered to vote at the Delta College registration, the effort was worth it. As people walked by our table, we reminded them to register and VOTE! Because it was the first week of classes, students were just too busy to stop. Many thanks to Al Bailey, Judy Frock, Sue McCollister, Carol McPherson, Leslie Myles-Sanders, Julie Schmidt, Katherine Redwine, Kim Steinke, Dave Wirth and Jane Wirth for working the desk. Remind people to register and VOTE!

LWV of Bay County, a unit of the LWV of the Midland Area is working hard on voter service for the county and city elections on Nov 7. The priorities are getting information in VOTE411 for the various races and having a candidate forum, then after the election, creating a Your Elected Officials for Bay County.

Happy Fall!

Katherine Redwine

Great Lakes Challenges and Solutions
Sept 19, 7pm
400 S Badour

Suzanne Dixon will discuss the need for protecting the Great Lakes federally and collectively. She will also update us on the Pipeline 5 issue. Suzanne s erved for the last 6 years as Director of Natural Resources on the State Board for LWVMI, guiding advocacy of the League and acting as a watchdog for Natural Resources Policy in Michigan.

Join Us! Open to the Public

The LWV of the Midland Area is a member of the LWV - Lake Michigan Region.
Redistricting Update
As you may be aware, the redistricting ballot proposal submitted by Voters Not Politicians (VNP) has been approved by the Michigan Board of State Canvassers as to form, and VNP has begun collecting signatures. Having weighed various options, the League of Women Voters in Michigan (LWVMI) has chosen not to participate in the current VNP ballot initiative.

The League believes that in order to be successful, redistricting reform must be supported by a coalition of groups that reflects the diversity of our state.  For many months, LWVMI has worked with a number of groups, including VNP, in an unsuccessful attempt to form such a coalition at this time.  

Given the League has not joined VNP, and the requirements of Michigan's Campaign Finance law concerning ballot proposal committees, League members may not participate in VNP activities (including signature gathering) as League members.  They may do so as individuals.

LWVMI remains committed to redistricting reform in Michigan, and to working to form a diverse coalition.  We will continue our efforts to educate voters on the redistricting problems in our state and the need for an independent Commission.

If you or your organization are interested in sponsoring an educational meeting to learn more about Redistricting, contact Sue McCollister at or  (989)631-4180.

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National Voter Registration Day September 26

To Vote, First you must REGISTER!

Last year, millions of Americans didn't vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn't know how to register. National Voter Registration Day is a day of action before state deadlines begin in October.

Local elections for mayors, judges, school boards, and more are being held in all 50 states across the nation this November.

Many Americans don't know that if you recently moved, turned 18, changed your name, or haven't voted in recent elections, you need to update your voter registration!

Our water supplies, roads, and parks are determined at the local level. This National Voter Registration Day, join us in speaking out for our communities!

Only 1-in -5 eligible voters turn out for local elections (including races for mayor, city council, and local ballot initiatives.) These offices and issues affect our daily lives -  we need to vote local!

Offer to help a person register or check to see if they are registered. Ask or the Michigan Voter Information Center

Upcoming Events
Senior Expo at Midland Mall
Wednesday, Oct 11
Midland Mall, 10 - 3

Come see us at Midland Mall! Stop by our booth for information about the  Meridian school bond election, Bay City & Bay County elections, VOTE411, Your Elected Officials and our website. And CANDY! 
Meet, Greet, Learn & Volunteer
Oct 17, 6:30 - 8:30pm

How is the LWV of the Midland Area providing voter education? What are the League's positions? How can I be of help?

Find out this and more. Board members will update you on League activities and ways in which you can help.

Please join us on Oct 17 to meet and greet, and to hear what the League is doing for you.

Don't forget to check the web page for upcoming events and new developments.

Reservations will be required. If you have questions, please email Judy Donahue or Sharron Such.

More Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendar!

Nov 2, 9:30-11:30am - Board Meeting
Strosacker/United Way Building

Nov 6, 7pm - Tour of Central Park Elementary School, the new STEM school for LWV and AAUW members & guests.

Dec 13, 12-2 Holiday Luncheon, Board meeting before.

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P.O. Box 1203
Midland, MI 48641-1203