About Us

We are a non-profit, nonpartisan political organization comprising 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


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.


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

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.


LWV of Detroit believes in the power of people to create a more perfect democracy, and such adheres to specific core values:

  • Grassroots initiatives and consensus-building are the strengths of our organization.
  • Our organization models the principles of good governance.
  • Consider well before taking action, and prepare well before beginning to act.
  • Citizenship requires knowledge as well as the ability and will to act.
  • The responsibility of good government rests on the shoulders of its citizens.
  • The rights of citizens at home and abroad are interdependent.

For more information on our political nonpartisan activity policy, read League CEO Virigina Kase Solomón’s blog, Remaining Nonpartisan in Hyper-partisan Times.

Tenant Council Elections

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

As a fundraiser, LWV Detroit will hold elections for housing units that 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 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. 

For more information on the Detroit League’s tenant council elections or to inquire about holding tenant council elections for your housing unit, please contact copresidents Deborah Bunkley and Sara Weertz at 313-288-9590 or lwvdetroit@gmail.com.

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Voting Rights text on United States Constitution

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At this critical moment in our nation’s history, we need the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act! Tell your Representatives to support the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and live up to the full promise of American democracy.

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The League of Women Voters of Michigan supports legislation to repeal old laws restricting a woman’s right to abortion in Michigan. Please use this action alert to contact your state legislators. (Photo: JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)

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 (16 or older) 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 an LWV Detroit member, you are also a member of LWV Michigan and LWV United States; you will receive their publications along with the LWV Detroiter 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.


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