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July 27, 2020 - 99 DAYS TO ELECTIO
In memory of John R. Lewis:
"To Vote is precious.  It is almost sacred.  It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democracy."  (June 25, 2019)
" Today, on the 53rd anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act by President Lyndon Johnson, we celebrate a milestone in American history.  With the stroke of a pen, millions of Americans were ushered into the democratic process.  In 1964 in Holmes County, Mississippi, there were only 12 black registered voters.  In 1965 there were 28,000 and by 1984 there were 406,000." (August 6, 2018)
"Today we should be making it easy, simple and convenient to vote.  Instead, legislatures around the nation are creating barriers and making it more difficult for citizens  to vote.  There is not just one law, but many types of laws that are disenfranchising millions of voters: voter photo identification laws, proof of citizenship laws, barriers to registration, elimination of early voting and absentee voting, and laws making it harder to restore voting rights for people who have paid their debt to society.  These laws are a barrier to inclusive democracy.  We are stepping back toward another dark time in our history.  We must ensure every vote and every voter counts."
John R. Lewis

Information on LWVGTA's Annual Meeting as well as our Candidate Forums for the fall General Election will be out soon! 
Our annual meeting will have a different look this year.  More on that later.
Help is needed to plan and execute the forums.  You don't need to have experience in the running of forums to help out.  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.
It's that time of year again - time to renew your League membership.  Thank you for your past support and for renewing today so we can continue to have the impact you have come to expect from the League.  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 August 4th Primary Election:

Make sure your ballot is in the mail 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.

Drop boxes are available at many township or city clerk's offices.  Call your clerk to see if an outdoor drop box is available.

Remember - do not vote for more than one political party in a primary election.  If you spoil your ballot, take it to your clerk's office to get a new ballot.

For non-partisan voter information on candidates and issues, go to  Entering your address will allow you to receive by email information from the candidates themselves. is the winner of the 2020 People's Voice Winner Webby Award. 

Election workers are needed in many precincts.  These are paid positions.  Contact your city or township clerk.

Robin Stott and Kathy Tuckerman are doing phenomenal jobs with LWVGTA's Facebook and Twitter pages.  Please sign up for both to see what's online!

Anne Montgomery and Betsy Wilson were able to attend the online convention and gave this report:

Topics for workshops and caucuses included involving youth in League activities (, using technology to improve a League's management, budgeting and membership, diversity, health care, the criminal justice system, climate change, immigration, the Anti-Electoral College movement and voter registration education.

The group was addressed by LWVUS CEO Virginia Case, outgoing president Chris Carson, the new president, Deborah Turner, Washington DC's Mayor Muriel Bowser and CBS's Norah O'Donnell.

The convention was held on Zoom meetings that were organized in just 3 months.  Carrie Catt would have been amazed by this technology.

"When democracy is attacked, we cannot stay neutral.  We must stand in our positions and advocate for what is right and just."  We are non-partisan, but WE WILL fight for what is right."
Virginia Case, LWVUS CEO
Suffragists Win the Right to Vote! 
To mark the 100th anniversary of women suffragists success in obtaining the right to vote, this newsletter is doing a series of articles about the founding suffragists' ambitions and struggles to win womans' right to vote and other important issues occurring at the same time in the United States. 
This installment covers the last years of the suffragists' struggle to get passage of the 19th Amendment.
Representative Rankin opens the debate on a suffragist amendment in the House.  The amendment fails to win the required 2/3 majority in the Senate.

President Woodrow Wilson states his support for a federal woman suffrage amendment.

President Wilson addresses the Senate about adopting woman suffrage at the end of WW1.

Michigan, South Dakota and Oklahoma adopt woman suffrage.

The Senate finally passes the 19th Amendment and the ratification process by the states begins.

August 26, 1920
American women win full voting rights.

Source: The National Women's History Museum

It should be noted that Asian American women didn't have the right to vote until 1952, African American and Hispanic women didn't win the right to vote until 1965, and Native American women had to wait for state-by-state approval from 1948 to 1962. 
Source: Wikipedia
In case you missed Elaine Wiesel's talk on her book The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, it's still available to view.  Find it on the National Writers' Series YouTube channel.
If you are a woman holding a job you enjoy, or owning property or managing a retirement portfolio, you owe the suffragists a debt of gratitude.  If you are the father, son, brother or friend of a woman for whom you want these things, you should join in the celebration of this important event, which helped to advance the 'more perfect' union we all seek. 

Excerpt from Linda Chapin, LWV Orlando, FL on the Celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment
Excerpts from a 2020 study on "Daily Emotional Well-being During the COVID-19 Pandemic", Lades, Laffin, Daily and Delaney:
1) During this pandemic, positive affect is greatest when outdoors and exercising.  Going for a walk, gardening or pursuing a hobby are particularly positive activities.
2) Social media use and informing oneself about COVID-19 are both associated with elevated levels of negative affect.  These results suggest that setting personal limits for news and social media consumption may help safeguard people's well-being at this difficult time.

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.

Donations to special projects, especially to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the US ratification of women's right to vote or our 60th anniversary of the founding of our League are also welcome.  Celebrations will be held this summer.
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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Jan Warren

First Vice President
Mary Grover, Program Chair

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

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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
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