Making Democracy Work

Educational Activities

MI Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson will be speaking about changes to Voting and Registratio

August 26, 2019 6PM at Hancock Middle School Auditorium
MI Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson will be speaking about changes to Voting and Registration

Please print out the attached flyer and post it everywhere you have a spot.

Aug 6, 2019 Consolidated Election for Houghton County

August 6, 2019 Consolidated Election for Houghton County

Calumet Village capital bond improvement proposal(precincts 1 and 2) and
local school proposal for Osceola Township, Precinct 1 and 2 Torch Lake, Precinct 1 and 2

Click here for proposals

Open Meetings Act (OMA)

On March 12, 2019 at 6pm in the Community room of the Portage Lake District Library, Valorie Troesch gave a presentation on the Open Meetings Act (OMA). Below is her presentation.

OMA presentation.

Constitutional Convention Movement

On November 13, 2018, Liz Hakola did a presentation on the Constitutional Convention Movement at the Portage Lake District Library. Her presentation can be viewed here. Constitutional Convention Movement Presentation

The League joined constitutional rights and public interest groups in opposing calls for an Article V Constitutional Convention. The League believes that a constitutional convention under Article V of the U.S. Constitution is a threat to every American's constitutional rights and civil liberties. Group letter on Constitutional Convention

Houghton County Facilities/Jail, Courthouse, Sheriff's Office 2018

Houghton County Jail

The LWVCC had conducted several meetings to gather public input into two important issues facing the Houghton County electorate in the next year - the inadequate Houghton County jail and the aging and cramped County courthouse. The County Board of Commissioners advanced a millage proposal that would build an addition to the existing jail in the place where the parking deck behind the courthouse is now located. This millage did not pass in the November, 2018 election. For more information on the jail/courthouse issues, please see the pro/con lists below. League of Women Voters of the Copper Country wants to expand the discussion and involve the citizens.

Houghton Jail Fact Sheet-One Page Description
Pro and Con
Proposed Addition Floor 1 Proposed Addition Floor 2
Jail Presentation

Daily Mining Gazette Editorial Feb. 24, 2018 Jail Millage's Lack of Public Input by Faith Morrison

UPEA comments from Karin Cooper and Rod Miller.

The solutions presented may not solve every issue, but we believe it is a good solution for the jail for many reasons:

    * conforms to jail construction standards
    * improves security for the public, corrections staff, and courthouse employees by providing interior connection to the courthouse
    * provides flexibility for classification and separation of inmates
    * more controlled and observable movement paths (safety)
    * cost-effective for construction, efficiency, and operations

HOUGHTON COUNTY FACILITIES/JAIL, COURTHOUSE, SHERIFF'S OFFICE LEAGUE POLICY The League of Women Voters of the Copper Country supports the construction of a new Houghton County Jail building (to replace the facility in existence as of 04/2007) with adequate facilities for functional, cost and energy efficient, secure operation in compliance with State Administrative Rule requirements, as set forth in the Rules for Jails, Lockups and Security Camps. LWVCC supports comprehensive planning to include the needs of the offices housed in the historic Courthouse, including Administrative offices, the Courts and also the administrative offices of the Sheriff's department as well as the Jail.

November 2018 State Proposals

Oct. 22 - Monday - LWVCC President, Leah Bectel, gave a presentation on the three State proposals at 6:30 Portage Lake District Library.
All three state proposals passed in the November, 2018 election.

Click here for presentation

Gerrymandering/Redistricting Educational Meetings

March 22, 2016 presentation
A Gerrymandering/Redistricting Educational Meeting will be held at the Portage Lake District Library's Community room on March 22 from 7-9pm. This meeting is open to the public.

The presentation will focus on Michigan and on the recent Supreme Court decision on redistricting in Arizona. A documentary film on Gerrymandering, the current state of redistricting and its impact on voters will be presented and discussed.

The Library is located at 58 Huron St in Houghton. Light refreshments will be provided. For additional information, you can contact Mary Marchaterre at or 906-483-2291.

Redistricting Handout

Gerrymandering Presentation

Dec 6, 2017 Gerrymandering Presentation Part 1
Dec 6, 2017 Gerrymandering Presentation Part 1

Why We Should Abolish the Electoral College and How to Do It

Constitutional Experts Endorse Us

Endorsements and Praise are Starting to Flow In on the LWVIL Electoral College Presentation "Electoral College Reform--Why We Should Abolish the Electoral College and How to Do It" :

Dr. George C. Edwards III, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Jordan Chair in Presidential Studies at Texas A&M University. "With this excellent presentation on the electoral college, The League of Women Voters are making a major contribution to improving democracy in America."

Dr. Tom Ginsburg, Constitutional scholar at the University of Chicago. "The League of Women Voters is a critical organization for American democracy, and their electoral college proposal makes imminent sense. In years to come, the need to reform the archaic way we elect the president will only become more pronounced, and I hope the League's proposal gains widespread attention."

Click here for full biographies of Dr. George C. Edwards III and Dr. Tom Ginsburg for use in press releases or at meetings.

New Shorter Presentation Available

Are community groups asking your League for a presentation on the Electoral College but in a shorter format? We have heard you! A shorter presentation (20 minutes) is now available for download on the LWV-Wilmette website. (+ There is also an improved version of the full-length presentation available for download and some new materials for printing and distribution.

Karen Glennemeier of LWV-Wilmette. IL, gave our presentation at the Stevenson Center on Democracy in Mettawa, Illinois on Sunday, August 26, 2018. Here is a link to the video of the presentation about the Electoral College

Post your success stories about your presentations in a comment on our Facebook page. Or, let us know about it by email

We look forward to hearing from you.

In League, LWVIL- Electoral College Committee Nov 8, 2018

Transportation Challenges and Opportunities in the Keweenaw & Western UP Presentation

Teen Leadership Presentation 03/21/2017