Making Democracy Work

The League of Women Voters is where hands-on work to safeguard democracy leads to civic improvement.

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.

Congratulations to LWVGTA Award Winners

The League of Women Voters - Grand Traverse Area is proud of three members who won Belle Ringer Awards at this year's state convention. If you speak with them, please give them warm thanks and congratulations for their great work.

For Member Recruitment and Engagement: Anne Montgomery
Anne personally recruited several individuals who joined the League and became active members of the Voter Service Committee. They helped to register over 100 new voters for the 2018 election and worked on our forums.

For Advocacy: Nancy Nordfjord
Through Nancy's efforts in reaching out to and coordinating efforts with Township Clerks and Library officials in Antrim Co. for the first time in the League's history, we had a presence throughout the county registering voters and advocating for public participation in government on all levels.

Marcia Koppa
Marcia implemented Vote411 for Crawford County for the primary and the general election in 2018; conducted voter registration drives in Crawford County and Kalkaska County; and produced the elected officials brochure for Crawford County.

Did You Miss One of Our Spring Programs?

Our winter and spring programs can be streamed online on Vimeo

Dark Money in State Politics
Description: Campaigns are becoming increasingly costly, and the sources of the money is becoming harder to track. The 2018 election was the most expensive in Michigan history with millions of dollars pouring into the state from dark-money groups that didn't have to disclose their donors. Craig Mauger, the executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network (MCFN), gave this presentation about what happened in 2018, how the role of money in state politics has changed and how it impacts policy decisions that affect everyone. MCFN is a nonprofit organization that works to shine light on the role of money in Michigan politics.

A Conversation With Nate Alger, Grand Traverse County Administrator, and Marty Colburn, Traverse City City Manager
Description: Political organizations and elected officials are everywhere but who are the non- political, appointed professionals who run our local governments day to day? Nate Alger and Marty Colburn describe their roles in managing the activities of the County and the City.

Our April program, "Stumbling Over Our Own Brains: 'Media Literacy' & the Interrupted Mind" presented by NMC librarian Nicco Pandolfi can be streamed online at

New Rights for Michigan Voters