Making Democracy Work

Because Democracy Is Not A Spectator Sport

The League of Women Voters of Detroit is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. The League does not endorse candidates or political parties. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We invite you to join us as we make democracy work in our communities.

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LWV of Detroit

LWV of Detroit is open to new members who share our ideals: men and women who strive to be better informed at the ballot box.

LWV of Detroit engages our communities (Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park) in the our League's mission to register new voters and provide educational opportunities regarding governance, decision-making, and public policy.

Wednesday, April 1, is Census Day 2020

Wednesday, April 1, is Census Day. In these times of uncertainty and physical distancing, standing together is critical. Completing the census (and getting out the count) are two actions we can take to support our communities and participate fully in our democracy during the coronavirus crisis.

For more information from the League on Census Day, go to https://www.lwv.org/blog/preparing-census-day-2020?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=033020

SPECIAL MESSAGE RE MAY 2020 ELECTIONS

LANSING, MI (March 28, 2020) - Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-27, encouraging Michiganders to vote absentee by allowing the Department of State to assist local jurisdictions in mailing absentee ballot applications to very register voter, and to provide absentee ballots directly to new registrants. Local jurisdictions will still need to keep at least one polling place open for those who wish to vote in-person or are unable to vote by mail.

"While we work to slow the spread of COVID-19, we must do everything we can to encourage Michiganders to stay home and stay safe," Governor Whitmer said. "The fewer people we have lining up at polling places the better, ensuring Michiganders safely practice social distancing while allowing them to safely exercise their right to vote in local elections."

Michiganders who want to register to vote in the May 5 election are strongly encourage to do so by April 20. They can register online at https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/registervoter or by mail using the form available at https://www.michigan.gov/documents/MIVoterRegistration_97046_7.pdf.

Those who miss the deadline are still able to register to vote and can do so at their township or city clerk's office, but should call ahead first. (For Detroit City Clerk and Wayne County Clerk contact info, go to the LWVDetroit Elections Information webpage: http://lwvdetroit.org/Elections.html.) Clerks will also accept applications and proof of residency by mail, email, or fax.

"I am grateful to Governor Whitmer for recognizing the critical need to protect public health while ensuring Michigan citizens are able to exercise their fundamental right as voters in our democracy," said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. "Our sharpest tool to ensure citizens do not have to choose between casting a ballot and risking their health is the constitutional right they have to vote by mail, which voters themselves enshrined in our state constitution in 2018.

"Canceling elections sets a dangerous precedent for our democracy. It signals that, in a time of great challenge and uncertainty, we would opt to give up on the fundamental building block of our republic - the ability to elect and hold our elected officials accountable," Benson said. "My administration will ensure that all voters eligible to participate in a local election on May 5 receive applications to vote by mail, and we will work with our local clerks to recruit staff and set guidelines to help ensure their health, safety - and our elections - are secure."

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at https://www.michigan.gov/Coronavirus and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2Findex.html.

CREATING A VOTING SYSTEM THAT WORKS FOR ALL

There have been changes to Michigan's voting laws in order to make voting more accessible for Michigan voters. The following website is a non-partisan resource to help voters navigate Michigan's new voting laws so that we can all successfully cast our ballots in 2020.

GO TO: https://www.michiganvoting.org

Once on this site, be sure to click on: View the Know Your Rights Guide (https://www.michiganvoting.org/know-your-rights) for the most up-to-date information on voter registration, voting accessibility, and frequently asked questions about voting.

LWV Student Membership Waived!

Until January 31, 2021, the League will not charge student* membership fees to join LWV of Detroit.

Join the League Now!

LWV of Detroit encourages all students (at least 16 years of age) to join the League. For more membership information and a link to the application, refer to the main menu and click "Join LWV of Detroit."

(*) LWV recognizes a student as anyone registered at an accredited high school or college and enrolled in at least one one-credit course.