Making Democracy Work

Making Democracy Work

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. It neither opposes nor endorses candidates or political parties.
Annual Meeting, Wed, May 15, 2019 Midland Country Club, 5:30pm - social time, 6:15pm - dinner, 7:00pm - Keynote followed by Business Meeting

Dinner Reservation Form Please return reservation by May 6.

Our keynote speaker is Sally Williams, Michigan Director of Elections, speaking on "Election Issues: 2018 and beyond."

Housing in Midland County was the subject of our last program. An overview including the three main challenges of housing in our county can be read here. They are: the need for affordable housing for low income (under $20,000 per/year) families, the need to develop different types of housing to attract a diverse population and identifying and helping neighborhoods with older homes which are not marketable. A two-page census overview of Midland County, published by the Michigan League for Public Policy, can be viewed here.

Our 2019 "Your Elected Officials" can be found under that heading below. Office holders from U.S. President to area school board members are listed with contact information. Free printed copies of the YEO pamphlet are at the Grace A. Dow library.

Gerrymandering: a federal lawsuit filed by the League of Women Voters of Michigan and 11 individual voters was heard in February. The lawsuit covers gerrymandering of Michigan's Congressional, state senate and state house districts.Why does this matter now? Didn't we pass Proposition 2, doing away with gerrymandering? Alas Prop 2 will not take effect until after the 2020 election. If the state LWV wins the suit, gerrymandering will have to be addressed immediately, ending the practice before 2020. This lawsuit matters! The latest update: here. [Our local LWV treasurer, Karen Sherwood, testified at that trial. Read her writeup of the event under the heading "Timely League Issues" below.]

Another issue we follow: The Education Trust- Midwest, a nonpartisan research organization, published an education report, "Michigan's Talent Crisis: The Economic Case for Rebuilding Michigan's Broken Public Education System." Read it here.


Our original website was created in 1998 with gifts made in memory of Mary Dee Rieke, a founding member of the LWV of the Midland Area, our second president, and an active participant in League throughout her life. We remember her with gratitude.