WCDP News: October Meeting Video, Events, and more!

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Video from WCDP Meeting
Ranked Choice Voting:
Boon or Doom for Democrats?

Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) for municipal elections is on the ballot in Ann
Arbor (as Proposal B) on November 2.

RCV has gained a lot of momentum in recent years, with advocates touting it as a cure for extreme partisanship and boon for accurate representation of voters’ interests and inclinations. But what if, as WCDP Chair Chris Savage says in a recent Eclectablog post, RCV strongly favors Republicans in Michigan, and could “doom democracy”?

Questioning the wisdom of RCV for Ann Arbor, Chris Savage and Dirk Mayhew.

Defending its benefits, Sarah Woolsey of Rank MI Vote (and office manager for the Kent County Democratic Party) and Ann Arbor City Council member Lisa Disch.

Watch the video here.


Get Informed!

Did you get your application for the November ballot in the mail? There are Mayoral and City Council races in Chelsea and Milan, City Council in Saline, and Library Board positions in Milan too. A full list is here.

The WCDP has endorsed the following candidates for the November elections:

Chelsea Mayor
Jane Pacheco

Chelsea City Council
Tony Iannelli
Christine “Kate” Mehuron
Bill Ruddock

Saline City Council
Jim Dell’Orco

Check out their information links, and vote!


There are ballot proposals this fall, too!


Read about all the county ballot proposals here.

We must vote, and must protect the vote.

At the October meeting, Erica Peresman, the MDP Voter Protection Director, spoke of the voter suppression petition drive being sponsored by the Republicans, and the actions we can take to help defeat it and protect the polls next fall.

She specifically asked for voter protection volunteers, to serve as poll challengers (Republican poll challengers will be out in force at polling stations across the state), hotline volunteers, and phone bank recruiters for other volunteers. They will train volunteers for the jobs, and you will be supported throughout.

Erica Peresman’s Video
MDP Voter Protection Flyer and Sign-up Links

Take Action! Redistricting

At the County Level
The census data is in, and it’s time to determine County Commission district lines. This is decided by a commission including the County Clerk, Treasurer, and Prosecutor, along with the heads of the County Democratic and Republican Parties.

Our Data Officer, Dirk Mayhew, has put together this info page and a tool for drawing your own map as well! If you do, please take a screenshot to submit it to the Apportionment Commission.
http://www.washtenawdempds.org/index.html

Written comments can be provided to the Apportionment Commission using this online form,

Written comments can also be sent by mail to / dropped off in-person at this address.

Washtenaw County Apportionment Commission,
c/o Washtenaw County Clerk – Elections Division
200 N. Main Street, Suite 120
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Or you can fax them to (734) 222-6528.

At the State Level
We need folks across the state advocating for fair maps and signing up to give public comment to the MICRC.

The Commission is tasked with drawing fair maps that undo political gerrymandering. Their maps need significant adjustments across the state to be considered fair. If adopted, these plans would create a Republican-controlled legislature for the next decade.

We need to give speak up IMMEDIATELY and advocate for fair maps that level the playing field.

There are 3 ways to do this.

1. Comment directly on their latest state Senate map using this link: https://michigan.mydistricting.com/legdistricting/comments/plan/199/23

2. Sign up to speak remotely at the Commission’s meeting this week. They are meeting daily beginning at 9 AM.

To sign up to give public comments remotely via Zoom for Wednesday, use this link: https://www.research.net/r/DXGXVZK.

3. Sign up to speak at one of the public hearings later in the month. To be kept up-to-date on those hearings, sign up here: https://forms.gle/9EWXDffr8z1XVcpW6
Time for public comment will be provided at the beginning of every meeting this week.

Please note: During the meeting on Friday, the MICRC voted to limit public comment to 1 minute for each speaker.  

Upcoming Public Hearings:

The MICRC voted on Friday to reduce the number of public hearings to give them more time to map. You can attend a meeting near you and speak via zoom at any of them.

Public Hearings run from 1-3:30 and 5-8 on the following dates:

10/18 Grand Rapids – Amway
Either 10/19 OR 10/20 (TBA) Detroit  – TCF Center
10/21 Lansing – Lansing Center
10/25 – Gaylord – Treetop Resorts
10/26 – Flint – Dort Center

MDP Redistricting Toolkit (and Meeting Schedule)
MICRC’s Public Comment Portal
MICRC’s Website
MICRC’s maps

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Want some more resources on what to say and how to say it? Here they are.
League of Women Voters – Redistricting
Voters Not Politicians – Redistricting
Redistricting Actions YOU Can Take


Events

Saturday, October 16th, 8am
BLM Street Mural Repaint Day
Riverside Park, Ypsilanti

Register here

Saturday, October 16th, 2:00-3:30pm
Sue Shink’s Birthday Fundraiser

Please join Sue Shink, Washtenaw County Commissioner and probable candidate for Michigan’s 52nd State House District for cider, conversation, good company, and family-friendly fun!

RSVP Here


THE FINAL WORD


STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOUR MICHIGAN REPS

Find your county commissioner here.

State Senator Jeff Irwin has a regular Virtual Coffee Hour — To receive the Zoom access code and the next date, please fill out this form:

State Rep. Yousef Rabhi, 53rd House district: yousefrabhi@house.mi.gov, Phone: (517) 373-2577. https://housedems.com/yousef-rabhi/.
Typically discussions are 10 am on the 4th Saturday of the month and 6 pm on the 2nd Monday of the month. Click to register:

State Rep. Ronnie Peterson, 54th House district: ronniepeterson@house.mi.gov Phone: (517) 373-1771 | Toll-Free: (855) 347-8054, https://housedems.com/ronnie-peterson/

State Rep. Donna Lasinski, 52nd House district: donnalasinski@house.mi.gov, Phone: (517) 373-0828 | Toll-Free: (855) 627-5052, https://housedems.com/donna-lasinski/ (sign up for emails here). 

State Rep. Felicia Brabec, 55th House district: FeliciaBrabec@house.mi.gov, Phone: (517) 373-1792, https://housedems.com/felicia-brabec/.


GOTV Chelsea!

HELP US GET OUT THE VOTE IN CHELSEA!
 The Western Washtenaw Dems will be doing door-knocking to help turn out Democratic voters in the critical upcoming Chelsea Mayoral and City Council elections for the next three Saturdays. Please help us get the Democratic candidates elected! Sign up for a shift (or two, or three…)

Sign up here!


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