Voting Absentee, Vote at your Leisure..but Vote!

You can return your absentee ballots until the Saturday before Election Tuesday…but why wait?! If you are eligible for absentee voting, it is a great way to avoid long lines at the polls and take your time to make careful selections on the first election where you cannot vote straight ticket. Note: please visit www.michiganvoterguides.org for Voter Guides with Sample Ballots!

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Sharing our Activism: Never Burn Your Bridges – Susan Prakken Smith

“Never burn your bridges” is the paramount lesson Susan Prakken Smith has brought away from a lifetime of service to the nonpartisan League of Women Voters whose roots extend to the first Suffragist movement. The League of Women Voters, which now admits men, and Susan Prakken Smith have both seen much change since she began working with the organization in the early sixties.

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Very false news: Online video arguing against the VNP ballot proposal

A conservative group, The Michigan Freedom Fund, promotes an online video against the Voters Not Politicians (VNP) ballot initiative (Proposal 2) which would create a nonpartisan citizens’ commission to draw congressional districts rather than how it is currently done when redistricting is left to the dominant party in the legislature. Falsely accusing this initiative as…

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National prison strike highlights mass incarceration and voting rights

Most prison inmates are incarcerated for non-violent crimes. Yet, chronic understaffing, inhumane treatments and for-profit prisons have led to deadly situations , and now they are affecting immigrant detentions as well. After violence in a South Carolina prison this past spring, prison reform leaders and allies like the ACLU launched a national non-violent prison strike to raise…

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“One of the most gratifying experiences I’ve ever had”

by Bev Geltner This morning I volunteered with NextGen America to increase student voter registration for the November elections. It was one of the most gratifying experiences I’ve ever had. NextGenRising’s goal is to turn out half a million young people in eleven states to vote. The volunteers who organized the EMU effort were outstanding! After just…

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