Celebrating 100th year of suffrage

 

The League of Women Voters of Michigan (LWVM) will celebrate its 100th year at its annual convention May 17-19 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Livonia, Michigan. The event coincides with the 100th anniversary of suffrage for women.

“For the past 100 years, the League of Women Voters of Michigan has been dedicated to empowering voters and defending democracy by providing nonpartisan voter information and advocacy,” said Judy Karandjeff, LWVM president. “We are proud of our work on vital issues concerning democracy and voter rights, and our annual convention is an opportunity for hundreds of LWVM members to connect, learn and grow.”

The convention will feature:

  • Chris Carson, the 19th president of the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS)
  • Diane Rockall, author of “A powerful voice for seventy-five years: The League of Women Voters of Michigan”
  • Kathleen Straus, one of the longest-serving Michigan Board of Education members
  • Rashida Tlaib, the U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 13th congressional district
  • Elaine Weiss, an award-winning journalist and author of “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote”

LWVM will also celebrate the recent U.S. Circuit Court decision that protects voters and ensures district lines represent voters accurately. The organization was the lead plaintiff in League of Women Voters v. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a gerrymandering case that resulted in court-ordered redistricting ahead of the 2020 election.

“In April, a panel of federal district judges ruled in favor of the LWVM in our First and Fourteenth Amendment challenges to the state and congressional redistricting plans,” Karandjeff said. “It was a great victory for the voters of Michigan and for democracy. The state will now draw new district lines before the next federal election, which will better reflect the makeup of the voters, not the interests of the politicians.”

LWVM was one of the lead partners in the Promote the Vote campaign last year.

“We supported Proposal 3 – ‘Promote the Vote’ – which was passed by Michigan voters last November,” Karandjeff said. “This proposal ensures that every eligible person can vote and that every vote will be counted. It safeguards our elections with audits and more accurate voting lists and removes barriers that can make it harder for citizens to fulfill their responsibility to vote.”

The convention is hosted by League of Women Voters of Northwest Wayne County – led by Angela Ryan, local league president. The LWVM convention chair is Paula Bowman.

LWVM has 26 local Leagues across the state and expects about 200 attendees at the convention.

 

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