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.

LWVMI & the Promote the Vote Campaign

On January 22nd the League of Women Voters of Michigan made a major announcement to kick off the Promote the Vote campaign. The campaign is a broad coalition to make voting more accessible for all Americans. Specifically it is an effort to pass a Voting Rights Amendment to the Michigan Constitution.

WHAT WILL IT DO?
An amendment for voting rights would:


    Protect the right to vote a secret ballot
    Ensure military service members overseas get their ballots in time for their votes to count
    Fulfill recommendations of local clerks and the Secretary of State to provide all registered voters with equal access to an absentee ballot
    Allow citizens to register to vote closer to Election Day, as the majority of states do
    Provide voters with the option to vote straight party Automatically register citizens to vote when they do business at a Secretary of State's office
    Ensure the accuracy and integrity of elections by auditing election results
    Create fair rules that remove barriers and make voting more secure so we the people are heard on Election Day
    Give citizens the right to choose whether to cast their ballot on or before Election Day, as *37 other states across the country and the District of Columbia already do.

  • Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont , Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

WHO IS DOING THIS?
Dozens of individuals and organizations from all walks of life and from across the state, including business and nonprofit communities, involved in this effort. Among them:
    ACLU of Michigan
    League of Women Voters of Michigan
    Michigan League for Public Policy
    NAACP - Michigan State Conference
    NAACP -Detroit Branch
    Ismael Ahmed
    Nasser Beydoun
    Ines De Jesus
    Erica Peresman

WHY IS IT NEEDED?
We need a voting system that works for all Americans. We need to make sure that voting is accessible to all citizens and that everyone's vote gets counted. From working parents who struggle with long voting lines, far-away polling places and no time off work to vote, to people who frequently move for jobs or military service, we need to set up our system so that every eligible American can have their voice heard on Election Day.

We're all better off when more Americans -- Republicans, Democrats and Independents --participate in our democracy.

All citizens must be able to have their voices heard and their vote protected. Sadly, for too many of us, our trust has been shaken about the election process.

The good news is that the fix to our election system -- restoring faith in our democracy -- isn't a hard one. We can make it easier for all Americans to have a secure vote, an up-to-date system and accurate voter lists. It's just common sense.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
On January 22, petition language will be submitted to the Secretary of State's Office; once approved, Promote the Vote has to submit signatures by July 9th ahead of the November election. We will work to make sure that the vote is accessible to all Americans. We will knock on doors, call, and share with Michigan voters that everyone deserves to have a secure and accessible vote. LWVMI will keep you posted and send out more information. We will need everyone's involvement to make this campaign a success! This is a very exciting opportunity!

Judy Karandjeff, President, LWVMI