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.

Federal district judges ruled on April 25 that Michigan state and congressional district maps must be redrawn before the 2020 election, which is also before the next redistricting cycle in 2021. (Remember: in the last election, Michigan passed Prop. 3 requiring redistricting, but Prop. 3 will not take effect until the 2021 cycle.)

The Michigan League of Women Voters, along with 11 individual plaintiffs went to court over the current district maps, which were drawn in 2011 after the last census. With the April 25 ruling, Michigan will be required to draw new maps covering both state and congressional districts. This case is the only one of its kind in the country. Midland County's maps are among those challenged in the case and will need to be redrawn.

Read more here , here and here. Our local LWV member and treasurer, Karen Sherwood, testified at the hearings. Read her writeup of the event under "Timely League Issues" below.

But then On May 24, the U.S. Supreme Court put a hold on the order that delays the Michigan ruling until it can decide redistricting cases out of North Carolina and Maryland. A decision on these cases is expected in June. So will we get redistricting in time for the 2020 election? Watch for the Supreme Court decisions in June!

VOTING RIGHTS: The Secretary of State is publishing information about new Michigan voting rights: Check information for voters here.

HOUSING: 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. A two-page census overview of Midland County, published by the Michigan League for Public Policy, can be viewed here.

YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS: 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.

EDUCATION: 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.