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Promote the Vote - Ballot Initiative for Michigan Constitutional Amendment

The LWV is part of a collaborative collecting signatures for a state constitutional amendment guaranteeing certain basic voting rights.

The amendment for voting rights offers a common-sense approach to safeguarding our elections & puts voters first:
- Protects the right to vote a secret ballot
- Ensures military service members overseas get their ballots in time for their votes to count
- Provides all registered voters equal access to an absentee ballot
- Allows citizens to register to vote closer to Election Day, as the majority of states do
- Provides voters with the option to vote straight party
- Automatically registers citizens to vote at the Secretary of State's office unless the citizen declines
- Creates fair rules that remove barriers and make voting more secure so we the people are heard on Election Day

If you want to get involved, please contact the League of Women Voters at LWVFlintArea@gmail.com

Redistricting News

REDISTRICTING:

Select local Leagues across the state are ready to present information on the issue of Redistricting to local groups. Please contact us if your group would like a presentation, or you would like to train as a small group presenter.

For more information, contact Linda Hoff at LWVFlintArea@gmail.com

New Voting Equipment

Across Michigan, counties are adopting new voting equipment. Here in Genesee County, the clerks have adopted equipment from the HART Company.

For ALL voters, the tabulators are new. These are much more technically refined and user friendly. The machines come with a privacy screen for when you are submitting your ballot for tabulation. The machine blinks green when ready, gives a wait screen while it is reading the ballot, and provides a thank you screen when it is completed. If voters overvote or undervote, it will give them the option to fix their ballot or to submit their ballot as is. To see the new equipment, click here.

For voters with special needs, there is a new TOUCH machine. This machine can change contrast, type size, read the ballot to the voter, and more. Election Inspectors are trained on the new equipment and will help anyone who wishes to use this machine. Upon completion, the TOUCH machine will print the ballot so it can be tabulated with all other votes. To see the new TOUCH voting equipment, click here.

Flint Water Crisis - Information for the Public

Here is the link to the recent PBS NOVA documentary Poisoned Water

Following are articles of importance regarding the Flint Water Crisis.

Flint Water - State of Michigan:
http://www.michigan.gov/flintwater

Expanded Pre-school Opportunities:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-jVPfGpw_0&feature=youtu.be

Flint Cares:
http://flintcares.com/

Help for Flint Website:
http://www.helpforflint.com/

Videos of Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee (FWICC) Meetings:
https://www.youtube.com/user/GovSnyder/videos

Fighting LEAD Exposure with Nutrition
http://msue.anr.msu.edu/resources/fight_lead_with_nutrition

FEMA Update - Health & Human Services to Lead the Federal Response
http://www.fema.gov/blog/2016-01-19/ground-week-hhs-lead-federal-response-flint?utm_source=hp_promo&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=femagov_hp

Released e-mails from Governor Synder
http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277--374050--,00.html

Follow-up Letter to Governor Synder, Commissioner Curtis and Mayor Weaver
http://lwvmi.org/documents/LetttoSnyderreFling4-16.pdf

Letter to Governor Snyder on Flint Water Investigation
http://lwvmi.org/documents/LettFlintWater12-15.pdf

Flint Water Crisis - Advocacy Documents

Poisoned Water Documentary

Here is the link to the recent PBS NOVA documentary Poisoned Water