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VoteSafe Weekend of Action

Organizer: Voters Not Politicians

Join us for a weekend of action as we call voters throughout Michigan about VoteSafe and to remind them to complete the AV ballot application as soon as possible. When signing up, please select the time you'd like to receive training. We are asking all attendees to complete 50 phone calls by Sunday evening.

Location: Virtual

VoteSafe Virtual Town Hall

Organizer: Voters Not Politicians

Join Voters Not Politicians for a VoteSafe Town Hall. Voters Not Politicians launched the VoteSafe campaign to protect public health and the integrity of our elections during the COVID-19 pandemic. The VoteSafe campaign will build upon Michigan's no-reason absentee voting laws to ensure that this global health crisis does not become a democracy crisis in Michigan. By automatically mailing every registered voter a ballot, our lawmakers can make sure that all voters can cast their vote and make their voices heard without endangering their health or the health of their communities. Join us to learn what steps we're taking to help ensure safe elections, and how YOU can help.

Location: Webinar

Michigan's 14th congressional district was designed to pack Democratic voters from Pontiac and Detroit into one convoluted district.

Michigan​ redistricting commission gets appeals court's green light

In a huge win for the opponents of partisan gerrymandering, a federal appeals court has quashed a well-funded legal challenge from the right to Michigan's new independent redistricting commission.

The requirements for sitting on the panel, designed to limit the number of even potentially partisan players, were upheld as constitutional Wednesday by a unanimous 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Republicans maintain the criteria violate free speech and equal protection rights of would-be public servants.

Unless the Supreme Court decides to step in, which for the moment looks unlikely, the panel will be created in time to draw new congressional and legislative seats after the 2020 census. Michigan will be the second-biggest, after California, of the 13 states where at least some mapmaking will be done by such a nonpartisan commission.

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Fixing Bugs in Democracy: Organizing During a Pandemic

Organizer: Princeton Gerrymandering Project

Activist and political organizer Katie Fahey in conversation with professor Sam Wang on the subject of how to organize during a pandemic. Katie used social media to fight gerrymandering in Michigan, creating Voters Not Politicians. Now she runs The People, a national non-profit dedicated to democratic reform. Katie will speak about how the Internet can be used as a force for change, especially during our current public health crisis.

Location: Streaming video

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