Making Democracy Work

Get Involved

How to be a responsible citizen

Steps you can take to get involved to influence your government.

Take Action through the LWVUS and the LWVMI

The League of Women Voters issues action alerts when the US Congress or Senate are considering bills on issues of that have League positions.

The LWVUS notifies members with Action Alert emails. To sign up for these emails, please see Get Involved!

The League of Women Voters of Michigan sends Action Alert emails to all members who have an email address. You do not need to do anything to be on this list. This is the list of previous Action Alerts

Write a letter, phone or email

You can write a letter, vote, attend a meeting, run for office, and join the League of Women Voters

Write a letter, phone or email:

To Washington:

Our Senators:

Debbie Stabenow (D)
731 Hart Senate Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2204
Phone: 202-224-4822

Gary Peters (D)
Hart Senate Office Bldg. suite 724
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: 202-224-6221
(Saginaw office) 989-754-0112

Our Representative (Fourth district):

John Moolenaar (R)
117 Cannon House Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: 202-225-3561
Midland office: 200 E. Main Street
Suite 230
(989) 631-2552

To Lansing, Michigan

Our Senator:

Jim Stamas (R)
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536
Phone: 517-373-7946
(Toll free: 855-347-8036)

Our Representative (98th district):

Gary Glenn (R)
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: 517-373-1791
(Toll free: 855-GLENN98)

Our Representative (99th district)

Roger Hauck (R)
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: 517-373-1789

Need to write to another elected official? Go to our Your Elected Officials for addresses for everybody from our local school boards through the President of the United States.

Register and Vote

Register: It's easy: all county residents can register at the Secretary of State's Office, 1832 N. Saginaw Rd, in the city of Midland (phone 888-767-6424). Midland City residents can also register at their city clerk's office at 333W. Ellsworth St. Midland (phone 837-3310). County residents living outside the city can register with their township clerk (you can phone the county clerk's office 832-6739, for locations and numbers). Just remember that you need to be registered to vote thirty days before the election. The county clerk publishes the deadline dates.

Vote: You need a photo I.D. to vote. Your driver's license is usually that photo I.D. If you do not have a driver's license, you can get a photo ID at the same place you would get a driver's license: the Secretary of State's office, 1832 N. Saginaw Road in Midland. Phone: 888-767-6424. Absentee Ballot: If you are not able to get to the polls, you can vote absentee ballot. You must apply for a ballot at your city or township clerk's office before election day.

Attend a meeting

City of Midland: Midland City Council:
The city council meets twice a month, usually on the second and fourth Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers in the City Hall in downtown Midland. However there are some exceptions to those evenings, so check the agenda calendar on the webpage. The agendas are available at least four days before the meetings and agendas, meeting summaries and videos of happenings can be found on the city website.

County of Midland: Midland County Board of Commissioners:

The Midland County Commissioners usually meets on the first and third Thursday mornings of the month at 9 a.m. All Midland County Board of Commissioner meetings are held in the Board Room on the first floor of the County Services Building, 220 W Ellsworth St, Midland, MI. All meetings are open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Midland Public Schools: School Board:

The Midland School Board usually meets on the third Monday. All meetings are held at 7 p.m. at the Midland Public Schools Administration Center, 600 E. Carpenter Street, Midland, MI 48640, unless otherwise posted.

Most public meetings are covered by local news outlets. They are also covered on their websites. In the city of Midland both the city council meetings and the school board meetings are taped and shown on MCTV.

Volunteer to serve

The city, the county and the public schools all have volunteer boards and committees, staffed by citizens like you. You too might be interested in serving. Check the government websites: City of Midland Boards & Commissions

Run for office

City council, county commissioners, school board, township offices and state and national officers will be up for election in 2018. It is not too early to consider running for an elected office yourself. Although you will not need to get your petition and signatures until 2018, you should begin to lay some groundwork, talking to all your friends about the issues and enlisting their support.

A good read is the New York Times article "How to Run for Local Office" by Malia Wollan, March 31, 2107.

Or become a precinct delegate

What is a precinct? The precinct is the smallest political unit in the country and all voters in a precinct vote at one location. The precinct is where elections are won and lost. It is your neighborhood. You know the people and you know what issues are most important to them.

What is a precinct delegate? The role of a precinct delegate is one of the most important, yet, least understood of any elected office. It is the active precinct delegate who wins elections for the Democrat or Republican Party. Precinct delegates are elected directly by the voters of each precinct to serve as a bridge between voters and your party in your neighborhood and you represent your neighborhood at your party's conventions.

As a precinct delegate, you will:

  • Help people get registered to vote.
  • Take information on issues and candidates to the voters in your precinct.
  • Identify others interested in your party and recruit new party members.
  • Help turn out your parties vote in your neighborhood on Election Day.
  • Keep your party leaders informed about the issues that concern voters.

How do precinct delegates get elected? Precinct delegates are elected in the August Primary. In 2018 this will be August 7. Only Democratic voters choose Democratic precinct delegates and Republican voters choose Republican precinct delegates. Each precinct is allotted a number of precinct delegates based on past party voting strengths. Your district or county chair will be able to tell you how many delegate positions have been allocated to your precinct. Precinct delegate candidates file an Affidavit of Identity for ballot access. There is no longer a petition requirement for precinct delegate candidates. A precinct delegate candidate can file with the clerk of their county, city or township of residence. Your Affidavit of Identity must be notarized.

Candidates for precinct delegate must file their Affidavit of Identity form with their clerk. The filing deadline for precinct delegate candidates falls on the twelfth Tuesday prior to the August primary. In 2018 this will be May 8.

What else do precinct delegates do? They are the campaign leaders for their party in their precincts. After the primary, those elected will be officially notified by the county clerk by mail. The notification will include the time and place of the district or county party convention, which will be held in August or September. Precinct delegates should take their official notification to the district or county convention to register with the convention credentials committee. District or county conventions will elect delegates to the state convention, scheduled usually for sometime in September. These conventions may also debate or adopt resolutions for recommendations to the state convention's platform committee. The state convention in September will debate and adopt a state platform, nominate candidates for Supreme Court Justices, State Board of Education and university boards, and presidential electors.

Anything more? After Election Day, precinct delegates have another responsibility. Late in the year and early the following year, precinct delegates will convene in the district or county conventions to elect executive committees and officers to serve through the following election. There they will also elect delegates to the February state convention where new state party officers and a new state central committee will be chosen to serve through the next two years.

Checklist to Become a precinct delegate:

1. Obtain a precinct map from the local clerk's office.
2. Find out the number of your party's precinct delegate vacancies in your precinct.
3. File your Affidavit of Identity with your county, city or township clerk no later than 4:00 p.m. on the twelfth Tuesday prior to the August Primary. In 2018 this will be May 8.
4. Find out how many delegates have filed in your precinct for precinct delegate.
5. Your Affidavit of Identity must be notarized.
6. If you have opposition, contact your neighbors, friends and family that reside in your precinct and ask for their support. Primary election day is the second Tuesday in August. In 2018 this will be August 7. Remember to vote!
7. Get involved in your local party immediately. Keep the party informed about what your neighbors are talking about and keep your neighbors informed about what elected party members are doing for them.

More good links

To read the state of Michigan's "Citizen's Guide to State Government," prepared by the Michigan Legislature, check here:

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