Voter Education

Photo of LWV Detroit Board Members at the LWVUS National Convention

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.

For voter education regarding our candidate forums and candidate information, refer to our Virtual Presentations webpage and Candidate Forums webpage.

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.

CitizenDetroit Candidate Forum in Partnership with LWV Detroit

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.

LWV Education Fund

Established in 1957, the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) offers citizen education and research to help Americans perform their civic duties, including exercising their right to vote, particularly those at the greatest risk of disenfranchisement. LWVEF helps to facilitate dialogues that enable communities to bridge political and ideological divides and find common ground on issues of greatest concern, from terrorism to global poverty. For more information on the LWVEF and to support its educational services, go to the Donate to LWVDETROITwebpage (https://lwvdetroit.org/donate-to-lwvdetroit/).

Elected Officials Guide 2020-2021

While VOTE411.org offers information on current election candidates and proposals, the Elected Officials Guide provides residents of Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park a listing of elected officials and their contact information. Volunteers for the League of Women Voters of Detroit create this directory, which is updated when elected officials are replaced. 

If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions about what’s happening in your neighborhood or city, use this guide to find elected government officials and their contact information. Your representatives do read their mail, phone messages, and emails! 

Feel free to copy the Elected Officials Guide below and share with family and friends.

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