MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
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Over the next several weeks the LWVMC will be gathering information for its online voter guide – vote411.org the local elections. The volunteer team will be contacting individual local candidates who have been identified by the Marquette County Clerk’s office as qualified and running for office. These candidates will have the opportunity to answer questions to help inform voters about their positions and views. Often “write-in” candidates for office are also able to participate in the vote411.org voter guide by contacting the local League (see below for the details of the LWV of Marquette County Write-in Candidate Policy)
Apply now to make our elections fair
Now through June 1, 2020, you can apply to serve as one of 13 commissioners on the first-ever Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Last November, Michigan voters decisively supported the “Voters Not Politicians” constitutional amendment that makes a commission of 13 randomly-selected citizens – not elected politicians, consultants or lobbyists – responsible for drawing fair and representative district lines for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives and U.S. Congress. The commission is a historic opportunity for Michigan voters to draw electoral maps and give us more impartial elections.
All eligible Michigan citizens are encouraged to apply to serve on the commission, which does not require any special skills or expertise. The constitution simply requires that each commissioner performs his or her duties impartially and with integrity. The application takes about 15 minutes to complete, and commissioners will be compensated about $40,000 for their service. Commissioners will be randomly selected from the pool of eligible applicants in the summer of 2020 and will gather input from the public as well as census data to determine electoral district maps which will take effect for the 2022 elections.You can apply today or learn more at RedistrictingMichigan.org.
March 10, 2020 Marquette County Official Results
LWV and NMU Team UP
Our League volunteer voter registration team and NMU students teamed up to offer voter information, registration assistance and absentee ballot assistance on NMU’s campus Feb. 18th. The turnout was very good and there were many excited and enthusiastic students who will be first time voters this year. Congratulations new and returning voters! That’s what will make our democracy work. Thank you to a great League and NMU volunteer team.
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Happy 100th Birthday Celebration
The League of Women Voters of Marquette County celebrated the centennial of the League of Women Voters at their February membership meeting. Happy 100th Birthday to us. Our local Marquette County League has a gjoal of reaching the 100 member mark for our centennial year (we are now at 81 and counting). Join us now!
A Brief But Spectacular History of Women’s Suffrage in America
An interactive presentation led by Priscilla Burnham, the League of Women Voters Vice President and Director of Voter Services celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and the founding of the national League of Women Voters. This program involved 30 volunteers taking on historic roles!
The LWV of Marquette County presented this ‘living history project’ to chronicle the long, tumultuous, but ultimately successful struggle to win full suffrage for the women of America, culminating in the passage of the 19th Amendment 100 years ago. The story of the battle for women’s right to vote will be told through the voices, the writings, the images and events that marked this gripping, polarizing time in America’s history.
View more photos of the event A Brief but Spectacular History of Women’s Suffrage in America
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