Advocacy

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What We Do

The Detroit League of Women Voters provides citizen advocacy with the goal to empower people within our communities (Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park) to voice their opinions by voting. We advocate to protect and promote voting rights of all people by providing access to accurate and understandable voting information.

Our Advocacy webpage contains information on Michigan voting rules (in person and absentee) and voting services such as VOTE411.org as well as ballot proposals in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park. Read on.

For an excellent source of Michigan voting information (Everything you ever wanted to know about voting, but were afraid to ask): https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us

Be Aware of Election Mis/Disinformation

The League is a nonpartisan political organization; we endorse neither candidates nor political parties. Our mission, therefore, is to help educate the public and provide accurate information. 

For a quality resource on how make decisions regarding candidates, be sure to read the League’s information on How to Judge a Candidate.

In addition, the Detroit League’s strategy for countering mis/disinformation this election cycle is to share accurate information with the publication of our voter guide on VOTE411.org (Now also in Spanish at VOTE411.org/es).

VOTE411.org

Launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) in October of 2006, VOTE411.org is a “one-stop-shop” for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on the following aspects of the election process:

  • Absentee ballot information
  • Ballot measure information (where applicable)
  • Early voting options (where applicable)
  • Election dates
  • Factual data on candidates in various federal, state and local races
  • General information (e.g., how to watch debates with a critical eye)
  • ID requirements
  • Polling place locations
  • Registration deadlines
  • Voter qualifications
  • Voter registration forms
  • Voting machines

An important component of VOTE411.org is the polling place locator, which enables users to type in their address and retrieve the poll location for the voting precinct in which that address is located. The League has found that this is among the most sought after information in the immediate days leading up to, and on, Election Day.

LWV YouTube Channel: Waiting for Democracy

Outlier Media

Outlier Media, a non-profit accountability newsroom in Detroit, introduces a free voting information service for the November election. The service is free easy to access by texting the word DETVOTES to the number 73224. Reporters from Outlier, WDET, and the Detroit Free Press will follow-up with people to answer questions or direct attention to larger issues. 

This service is also available in Spanish and Arabic.

Cosmopolitan Magazine Voting Guide

The September issue of Cosmopolitan magazine features “A Complete Guide to Voting in 2020” with a special emphasis on first-time voters ⏤ https://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a33763528/how-to-vote-2020-first-time-voting-guide/

Voter Education on Candidates and Voting Information

  • Candidate Forums – Candidates running for state and local offices participate in a debate with the public invited.  For the latest information regarding online forums, check out our About Us page/What’s Happening @ LWVDetroit blog as well as our Calendar webpage
  • Up-to-date website info on voter registration, voting rights, and absentee ballots – https://lwvdetroit.org/voter-registration/
  • Link to VOTE411.org – access personalized voting info and explore your Voting Guide (find out what’s on your ballot), first-time voter checklist, election protection hotline, and so much more
  • Informational brochures on candidates and elections-specific issues.
  • Registration packets for on-site registration drives
  • Speaking engagements and sponsored events to spread the word about LWV Detroit
CitizenDetroit Candidate Forum in Partnership with LWV Detroit

Providing advocacy and election protection:

  • Advocating for legislation to enable local clerks to efficiently and effectively process the significant increase in absentee ballots and to have flexibility to accommodate changes
  • Monitoring the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission from the selection process to drawing maps to ensure equity and fairness
  • Provide the most up-to-date information on MI voter rights from the Michigan Secretary of State and Michigan Voting Know Your Rights Guide
  • Factual information regarding absentee voting; an example of such is the following YouTube video link on Absentee Voting (produced by Get Out The Vote and the City of Southfield, MI).
  • Providing relevant tips on detecting mis/disinformation (refer to our Voter Services webpage.

Partnering with non-partisan campaigns and organizations regarding voter rights:

Election Protection Hotline

Election Protection Hotline Video

WORKING 365 DAYS TO ADVANCE AND DEFEND YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection Coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Election Protection Hotline

Problems registering to vote? Have a question about your absentee ballot? Need some expert advice? No problem.

Call the Election Protection Hotline:
866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683).
Or click the ELECTION HOTLINE button below:

ELECTION HOTLINE