About Us

We are a nonpartisan political organization made up of men and women from Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park. We endorse neither candidates nor political parties, but strive to make members of our community better informed at the ballot box; we do this by encouraging reasoned and active participation in local, state, and national politics.

The League of Women Voters of Detroit

Mission

The mission of LWV Detroit is to engage our communities by registering new voters and providing educational opportunities regarding governance, decision-making, and public policy.

Vision

We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge, and the confidence to participate.

The LWV of Detroit will act to inspire good government and transparency so that government is responsive to the needs of its people. We will do this by providing candidate forums, policy studies, and tools to encourage an informed citizenry to participate actively in the political process.

Values

The LWV of Detroit believes in the power of people to create a more perfect democracy. As such, we adhere to specific core values:

  • We are a nonpartisan political membership organization.
  • We believe grassroots initiatives and consensus building are the strengths of our organization.
  • We believe our organization models the principles of good governance.
  • We consider well before taking action and prepare well before beginning to act.
  • We believe citizenship requires knowledge as well as the ability and will to act.
  • We believe the responsibility of good government rests on the shoulders of its citizens.
  • We believe the rights of citizens at home and abroad are interdependent.

Tenant Council Elections

As a fundraiser, LWV Detroit will hold elections for housing units who need to elect Tenant Councils.  We conduct the election, count the ballots, help the participants with the ballot if needed, report on the results, and certify the elections.  Often the Housing unit needs to establish that they have a duly elected Tenant Council before approaching  HUD for assistance in disputes with the housing unit management. We help them prove that the elections were fair, impartial, and equitable. 

Elections for Tenant Council at Inkster Housing Commission Sites (L to R: Debrah Bunkley, JoAnn Spencer, Susan Slattery, and Rhonda Craig)

"The Success of Democracy doesn't depend on a few persons who do great things, but on many persons who do small things faithfully..."

What's Happening @ LWV Detroit

Voting Safely November 3

Learn about registering, confirming your registration, and voting in an online informational session from the Detroit League of Women Voters and Detroit Public Library. We will address both absentee and in-person voting, along with the COVID-19 precautions that the Department of Elections will be taking for safety. There will be time for questions, and a brief description of LWV.

LWV Membership Renewal

It’s time to renew your membership to LWV Detroit. Membership rates include $60 for an individual membership and $90 for a two-person household membership. Student membership fees have been waived indefinitely.

Absentee Ballots

Due to the constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2018, all eligible and registered voters in Michigan may request an absent voter ballot without providing a reason. They can visit their local clerk’s office for an absent voter ballot application or download one at Michigan.gov/Vote.

Protect the future of democracy. Join the League of Women Voters of Detroit

Who are our members?

LWV Detroit membership is open to men and women (at least 16 years old) who strive to be better informed at the ballot box.

Why Should I Join?

Through membership and participation in League projects you will:

* Gain knowledge and experience through the study and discussion of timely and important topics.

* Discover new interests, develop new skills and learn about crucial issues in your community.

* Make professional contacts and develop lasting friendships.

What Do I Get?

You add your voice to a powerful force of League members from all 50 states, Washington DC, the Virgin Islands, and Hong Kong.

As a Detroit League member, you automatically become a member of LWV Michigan and LWV United States; you will receive their publications along with the LWV Detroit newsletter.

How Much Time Does It Take?

That's up to you! Many members choose to support LWV Detroit with annual dues. Your membership alone gives us the political influence needed to build a voice for citizens and a force for change.

How Do I Join?

Join LWV Detroit with our online application or snail mail ⏤ print out the application and send to us.

What We Believe

The League of Women Voters of Detroit believes that democracy cannot truly exist without inclusion of all races, nationalities, genders, disabilities, cultures, ages, religions, and sexual orientation. We cannot afford to exclude and not utilize the tremendous talents and experience of the diverse backgrounds that have come to the American shores. As advocates in the fight for democracy, we invite, encourage, and promote participation in our league of all people. Inclusion makes for a strong army and a healthier community. We are all in this together.

  • There shall be no barriers to full participation in the League on the basis of any characteristic that can be identified as recognizing or illustrating diversity.
  • Tactics threatening our democracy and limiting the ability of voters to exercise their right to vote should be challenged.
  • Elections should be about voters, not big money.
  • Partisan and racial gerrymandering strips rights away from voters.
  • It's time to limit SuperPACs and secret donors to protect representative democracy.
  • Congressional districts and government legislative bodies should be apportioned substantially on population.
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Detroit League’s age

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U.S. League’s age

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michigan members

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LWV Detroit members