Under normal circumstances we would provide voter education with face-to-face meetings and events. The pandemic, however, has forced us to provide virtual voter information online; an example of such is the YouTube video link on Absentee Voting (produced by Get Out The Vote and the City of Southfield, MI). Refer to our Advocacy webpage for relevant information on detecting mis/disinformation.
Why Voter Education Matters
The leaders we elect make decisions that affect our daily lives. Elections are our chance to stand up for what matters most to us and to have an impact on the issues that affect us, our communities, our families, and our future.
What We Do
We host candidate debates and forums in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park. We also provide straightforward, nonpartisan information about candidates and ballot issues. Through printed voter guides and online resources such as our flagship online voter guide, VOTE411.org, we equip voters with essential information about the election process in Michigan, including polling place hours and locations, ballot information, early or absentee voting rules, voter registration deadlines, ID requirements, and so much more.
Voter Education on Candidates and Voting Information
- Candidate Forums ⏤ Candidates running for state and local offices participate in a debate with the public invited. Because of COVID19, we have been holding virtual candidate forums and offering online informational videos as well as videoclips from candidates running for office in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park. See our Candidate Forums webpage for the latest information regarding online forums and check out our About Us page/What’s Happening @ LWVDetroit blog as well as our Calendar webpage
- Up-to-date voter info ⏤ Refer to our Voter Registration webpage for information on voter registration, voting rights, and absentee ballots
- Speaking engagements ⏤ LWV of Detroit sponsored event
- Elected Officials Guide 2020-2021 ⏤ This guide provides residents of Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park a listing of elected officials and their contact information:
VerifyIt Online Game
VERIFYIT! is a free online educational game offering practice in examining news articles, current questions about voting, and facts about our government. Explore VerifyIt! at https://verifyit.buzz
Misunderstanding voting rules and online misinformation/disinformation makes it particularly difficult for young and first time voters. The League’s inability to speak with them and interact directly during the pandemic has created a real challenge for the our youth outreach programs.
The League of Women Voters of Alameda (https://www.lwvalameda.org) has addressed this challenge with the development of an online game to meet young voters in their online learning environment.
LWV of Alameda is making this game available to sister leagues to support League efforts to educate and motivate young people to participate in their democracy.
Explore VerifyIt! at https://verifyit.buzz