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The League of Women Voters of Michigan is hosting over 30 Town Halls across the state of Michigan this fall to educate voters on the importance of redistricting. Click here to view the schedule and find a Town Hall near you. The events are free and open to the public. All are welcome.

The Town Hall presentation will explore how legislative lines are drawn in Michigan, who draws them, and why it is a critically important question for those who care about fair representation.

In Michigan the district lines are drawn by the legislature, effectively allowing politicians to choose their voters, rather than the voters choosing their legislators. This system gives the political party in power at the time a tremendous advantage, but is this the best system for the voters? Our Town Halls will explore central questions, such as: What are the consequences of partisan drawn districts that favor one party over another? Is there a better and fairer way to do this? What are the alternatives?

Come to a Town Hall near you to learn more!


  Local Leagues in Michigan that have elections on November 3, 2015 will be posting non-partisan candidate information via in early October.  Through this national site, the League of Women Voters has been providing the public the opportunity to read the written responses submitted by the candidates in their own words on relevant issues since 2012. Inserting your home address, you can access information about candidates and proposals on your November ballot.  Check back soon for this information you'll need to vote.  
energy rate increases in the upper peninsula
  The primary energy provider to Michigan's Upper Peninsula decided to close last year when its largest customer, a mine operator, took their business elsewhere. The power plant was required to continue operating the facility with permission to charge back expenses to the existing customers. This region is already paying some of the highest energy costs and this "cost allocation decision", which will take effect in the new year, will be dramatic and prohibitive to customers.

     On November 24th, President Smith sent a letter to Representative Scott Dianda supporting his bill, HR 407, that he introduced.  The League agrees with the resolution supporting the construction of new electricity generating facilities and the use of alternative energy sources in the Upper Peninsula necessitated by the scheduled closure of the Presque Isle Power Plant.  Read the letter here.

     A letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was sent by President Sue Smith on December 8, 2014 supporting their decision to request additional information used to determine the cost allocations for the continuing operation of Presque Isle Power Plant. This, however, will not eliminate the problem.  The League of Women Voters would further support action by appropriate levels of government to encourage the use of renewable resources and energy conservation through funding for research and development, financial incentives, rate-setting policies and mandatory standards. Read the letter here. 

     UPDATE: March, 2015: WE Energies, a Wisconsin energy provider, has agreed to continue operation of the Presque Isle Power Plant until a new power plant can be built and on line by 2020. Cliffs, a mining company, and consumer of 80% of the energy from this plant, had initially made plans to leave to go to another provider, but has now agreed to remain until the new plant is up and running. The Upper Peninsula power crisis has been averted.