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August 31, 2020 - 61 DAYS TO ELECTION
Remembering John R. Lewis' important words:
"To Vote is precious.  It is almost sacred.  It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democracy."  (June 25, 2019)

Information on LWVGTA's Candidate Forums for the fall General Election will be out soon! 
Our candidate forums will be held via Zoom meetings this fall.  We have some volunteers needed to plan and execute the forums, but more helpers would be great.  An online practice session will be held on September 4th at 11:30AM.  You don't need to have experience in the running of forums to help out.  If you think you might be interested in learning more about the online forums please contact Peg Townsend, or phone her at 231-392-3847.

This is new from the Secretary of State's Office: You can now register to vote online!  
Go to: 
This site is easy to navigate and you can also find out if you're already registered and see a sample ballot.

Even in this difficult time, LWVGTA continues to be active in working on our mission of Empowering Voters and Defending Democracy.  We continue to hold our individual dues at $60 and household dues at $90 annually.  Once we have paid the state and national LWV dues, that leaves us only $5 toward our general fund expenses.

You can pay via PayPal online on our website or by sending a check to LWVGTA, PO Box 671, Traverse City, MI49685-0671 
Voting By Mail for the November 3rd General Election:

We have been informed that ballots for the general election will be mailed out in the last week of September

Make sure your ballot is in the mail, or preferably in your clerk's drop box, with plenty of time for it to arrive in case mail is slowed at election time.

Mailed ballot envelopes need 65 cents postage or two stamps, but locally we have been assured that they will be delivered with or without postage.

Drop boxes are available at area township or city clerk's offices.  You can also hand your voted ballot to the receptionist in your clerk's office.

In a general election you can cross party lines to vote for your candidate.  If you over-vote, or otherwise spoil your ballot with extra marks, take it to your clerk's office to get a new ballot.

For non-partisan voter information on candidates and issues, go to, now available in Spanish. is the winner of the 2020 People's Voice Winner Webby Award. 

Election workers are needed in many precincts.  These are paid positions and precincts are supplying masks, hand sanitizer and plexiglass barriers for workers.  Contact your city or township clerk. 

Robin Stott and Kathy Tuckerman are doing phenomenal work with LWVGTA's Facebook and Twitter pages.  Please sign up for both to see what's online!
1. Once you've signed up for Facebook, search for "LWV of the GTA".
2.To set up a Twitter account from your computer, phone or tablet, open Twitter, then type your phone number or email address in the first text box provided on that page.
Then type the the password you want to use for Twitter in the 2nd box.
Next, click the "Get Started" button.
Our Twitter handle is @LWVGTA.

On August 18, 1920 the 19th Amendment, Women's Right to Vote was ratified.  On August 26, 2020 a celebration of this 100th anniversary was comemorated in Traverse City.
Traverse City's Celebration of Women's Right to Vote
On August 26th four Traverse area groups, Women 2 Women, LWVGTA, AAUW and Traverse Area Historical Society held a 100 year anniversary celebration at the Open Space in Traverse City.  The event was well attended with everyone wearing white and their masks.  LWVGTA made quite a splash with our t-shirts, which sold out!  Speakers included our Mary Grover , who mentioned this year is the 60th anniversary of LWVGTA, and Peg Siciliano who represented the Historical Society.
Thank you to everyone who bought a t-shirt!
A crowd of about 200 women and men participated in the celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote in Traverse City on August 26, 2020.

Suffragists didn't have only one platform; they also fought against slavery, child labor, unsafe working conditions, abuse of alcohol, women's not having control of their own bodies, the strict adherence of dress codes, attempts to enforce "lady-like" behavior, and the right to vote for minority women.

Today the League of Women Voters and others continue to fight for women's equality, equal pay, equal representation in government, equal educational resources and access to credit.  We continue to fight against voter suppression, unfair voter districting, racial discrimination and the pollution of our environment.  These fights are now more likely to be successful because women's votes count.

The Equal Rights Amendment, passed by congress in 1972. On January 15, 2020, Virginia finally became the 38th state to ratify the amendment known as the E.R.A., but the law's fate has yet to be determined.  Please contact members of the United States congress to make your opinion known.  Perhaps 2020 is finally the year it will be passed.

LWVGTA has yard signs that are available for $10 with half of that going to our Education Fund.  The signs have a different message on each side.  One side urges voters to look up to get unbiased candidate information directly from the candidates themselves for all political parties involved.  

The other side encourages voters to vote by mail.
We are unable to put our signs in a yard with a partisan political sign.  If you want a sign for your yard (or a friend's yard), please call
Ingrid Brophy at 231-499-4173,
Anne Montgomery at 214-202-2786 or
Nancy Nordfjord at 231-590-1799. 
Signs can be delivered to you.
The second side of our two sided sign.
Liz Messing's new addresses for get well cards and messages are: 820 Red Dr., #217, Traverse City, MI 49684, or her rehab address at 523 Cottage Arbor Lane, #206, Traverse City, MI 49684.  It has been suggested that her rehab address may be the best way to deliver your message.
The League of Women Voters encourages the informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.  The League is strictly non-partisan, neither endorsing candidates nor supporting political parties.  The League, in both its values and its practices, reaffirms its commitment to diversity.

LWVGTA would welcome donations.  2020 will be a busy year with federal, state and local elections.  You can make tax deductible donations designated for the LWVGTA - Education Fund.  These funds can only be used to provide nonpartisan civic information to help citizens understand and participate in government with the goal of building citizen participation in the democratic process at all government levels.  

You can also make unrestricted donations to LWVGTA which could be used for our other important work.

One way we make money is to collect Oleson's receipts. Please send your receipts to: Jan Warren,12055 S. Woodwinds Circle #15, Traverse City, MI 49684.
The League of Women Voters of the Grand Traverse Area

Serving Antrim, Benzie, Crawford, Grand Traverse, and Kalkaska Counties
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First Vice President
Mary Grover

Second Vice President
Linda Crandall, Publicity Chair

Ingird Brophy filling in for Liz Messing

Ann Swaney

Board of Directors
Mary Beeker, Web Master
Ingrid Brophy
Marcia Koppa, Crawford County Unit Chair

Barb Berry
Peg Townsend, Voter Services Co-Chair
Anne Montgomery, Voter Services Co-Chair
Nancy Nordfjord, Membership Chair
Joanne Westphal, Natural Resources Chair

Cheryl Naperala, Program Chair

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 We recently sent out a request for volunteers for the LWVGTA Program Committee. Mary Grover is chairing this committee and would welcome more volunteers.
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LWVGTA Membership renewal for the fiscal year of 2020-2021 (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021) begins in May. To pay dues by PayPal or print a membership application go to
LWVGTA Facebook Page
LWVGTA Website
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League of Women Voters of the Grand Traverse Area, P.O. Box 671, Traverse City, MI 49685

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