Town Hall/Forums

Under normal circumstances, the Detroit League would be holding town halls, educational events, and candidate forums. But these are not normal times. So to fulfill our obligations, we are posting digital information. See below for virtual candidate forums and videoclips from candidates running for office in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park as well as information on the Census, the Citizens Redistricting Commission, and Michigan’s new voting laws.

Candidate Meet & Greet

The Detroit League has invited candidates running for office to participate in an online meet and greet for the August 4, 2020 Primary Election. LWVDetroit has sent this invitation to all candidates who have registered with the Department of Elections for State District seats in which at least two (2) candidates are running. The videoclips allow candidates to remotely introduce themselves and spread their message. They also give voters a virtual opportunity to make informed decisions in electing candidates for office.

Below you will find two-minute videoclips from candidates who have chosen to share a brief personal description, the office they are seeking, and why they should be elected.

Meet Michele Oberholtzer, Candidate for MI State Representative⏤District 4
Meet Frazier Kimpson, Candidate for MI State Representative⏤District 4
Meet Ivy Nicole, Candidate for MI State Representative⏤District 6
Meet Abraham Aiyash, Candidate for MI State Representative⏤District 4
Meet David Palmer, Candidate for MI State Representative from District 6

Virtual Town Hall: New Voting Rights

Look here for information on new voting laws in the state of Michigan.

Virtual Forum: Candidates Running for MI House of Representatives⏤District 2

The Grosse Pointe and Detroit Leagues hosted a virtual forum for candidates running for the Michigan House of Representatives in District 2. Three candidates* running for this office participated in our online discussion and answered previously submitted questions from the public: Taylor Harrell (D), Mayra Rodriguez (R), and Joseph Tate (D). View the recorded forum below:

Virtual forum for candidates running for MI House of Representatives⏤District 2

Virtual Forum: Candidates Running for MI House of Representatives⏤District 10

On June 15, 2020, the League of Women Voters* hosted and recorded a virtual Candidate Forum to “meet” District 10 candidates running for the Michigan House of Representatives in the Primary Election. All 10 Democratic candidates and the 1 Republican candidate were invited to participate.  Three Democratic candidates accepted the invitation:  Marcus A. Cummings, Kevin Lamont Harris and Steele P. Hughes. 

 Watch the recorded forum here.  If a password is required to open the video, use:  4M=.7fn2

*Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Northwest Wayne County and and the League of Women Voters of Detroit.

To the qualified electors of Highland Park, MI (Wayne County)

Notice is hereby given that a Primary Election will be held in the City of Highland Park on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the following polling locations:

  • Precinct 1 ⏤ Downes Manor (13725 John R)
  • Precinct 2 ⏤ Blackwell Municipal Complex (12050 Woodward)
  • Precinct 3 ⏤ Ernest T. Ford Field House (10 Pitkin)
  • Precinct 4 ⏤ Faith Tabernacle Church (16548 Hamilton)
  • Precinct 5 ⏤ Healing Spring Church (12647 Hamilton)

Electors will be voting for the following seats:

  • United States Senator
  • Representative in Congress 13th District
  • Representative in State Legislature 7th District
  • County Prosecuting Attorney
  • Sheriff
  • Clerk
  • Treasurer
  • Register of Deeds
  • County Commissioner 3rd District
  • Delegates to County Convention

County Proposal (Proposition P) Parks Millage Renewal to renew the millage authorized in 2016, shall Wayne County levy this millage at the estimated 2020 rollback rate of 0.2459 mills (about 25 cents per $1,000 of taxable valuation) for five more years (2021 though 2025). The full text of the proposal may be obtained at the City Clerk’s office (12050 Woodward Avenue, Highland Park, MI 48203) and may be viewed at City of Highland Park website.

Sample ballots can be found at the City of Highland Park website.

Absent Voter (AV) Ballots are available for all elections. Due to the passage of the statewide ballot proposal 18-3, all eligible and registered voters in Michigan may request an absentee ballot without providing a reason. Registered electors may obtain an AV Ballot IN-PERSON at the city Clerk’s office until 4:00 p.m. on Monday August 3, 2020. The Clerk’s office will be open on Saturday, August 1, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the purpose of issuing and receiving AV Ballots. Requests to have an Absent Voter Ballot mailed to you must be received no later than 5 p.m. on July 31, 2020 (the Friday before the election).

To comply with the Help American Vote Act (HAVA), voting instructions will be available in audio format and in Braille. Arrangements for obtaining the instructions in these alternative formats can be made by contacting the clerk in advance of the election. All polling locations are accessible for voters with disabilities.

From Brenda Green, City of Highland Park Clerk (313) 252-0050 x 220

Virtual Town Hall: Census 2020

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories. In mid-March, homes across the country began receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.

Click here for the link to frequently asked questions about the Census, such as what the census form looks like and what questions it asks.

Virtual Town Hall: Citizens Redistricting Commission⏤The Answer to Gerrymandering

Every 10 years following the U.S. Census, district lines for political offices must be redrawn in states across the country to accurately reflect their population. In Michigan, a randomly selected commission of citizens is responsible for drawing U.S. Congressional and Michigan State House and Senate district lines. Voters amended the state constitution in the November 2018 general election to make citizens — not legislators or special interests — responsible for drawing district lines (called “redistricting”). The commission will be composed of 13 randomly-selected Michigan registered voters: four who affiliate with the Democratic Party, four who affiliate with the Republican Party, and five who do not affiliate with either major political party.