Making Democracy Work

Voting Action Education and Advocacy

Action and Advocacy

The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause.

Voting Rights

Our local League was selected to present an event on Voting Rights as part of the LWV Education Fund's Public Advocacy and Voter Protection program.

Here are links to a video slideshows of the program:

"Video 1 provides Historical Reflections"

"Video 2 provides material from the 1900's to the Present"

"Video 3 provides information on What People Need to Know to Vote (in Michigan)"

As always, if you have questions on voting, contact your local clerk, the county clerk's office, the Michigan Secretary of State, or your local League of Women Voters.

New Voting Equipment - Genesee County

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.

Voter Registration HELP

The LWV is always recruiting people to help with Voter Registration Activities - at events, at high schools, etc.

If interested in participating, please contact Linda Hoff at LWVFlintArea@gmail.com. Your name will be added to a list of potential volunteers. Training will be provided as needed.

Precinct Observers

The LWV of the Flint Area conducts precinct observation at major elections. This is an activity that requires a 2-hour training and a time commitment on Election Day of at least 2 hours. If you are interested in participating as a Precinct Observer, please contact Linda Hoff at LWVFlintArea@gmail.com.

Positions

Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.

Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.

It is the consensus statement -- the statement resulting from the consensus questions -- that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.

Local Positions

LWVMI Positions

You can review positions on Michigan issues: LWVMI Statements and Positions

LWVUS Positions

You can review LWV positions on National issues: LWVUS National Positions