Help Provide Meals for Shelter Guests
The UUFCM will be providing dinners for the shelter guests at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Tuesday, November 16, and Friday, November 19. If you are interested in participating, please contact Joyce Henricks (Joyce.firstname.lastname@example.org).
Voting Rights News
Information on Voter Suppression Ballot Initiative
Secure MI Vote submitted an initiative petition, a proposed law, to the State Board of Canvassers, which approved the summary’s wording of it. Signature gathering may have commenced on Oct. 1. The initiative would suppress voting insofar as it:
React to the Redistricting Maps in October
The Michigan Independent Redistricting Commission (MICRC) needs your input about its draft maps in October—this is the month when the MICRC can still tweak its maps. By November, the public will only be able to urge the MICRC to use one or another entire set of maps, that is Set A or Set B for State House districts, for example.
9/30-10/1 - MICRC will vote on DRAFT maps.
10/4 - Draft maps available
10/18-10/26 - Public hearings, including 10/18 in Grand Rapids, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 1-3:30 & 5-8pm.
Other hearings: 10/20 in Detroit, 10/21 in Lansing, 10/25 in Gaylord, 10/26 in Flint. All 1-3:30 and 5-8pm.
One may testify at a hearing in person or virtually, and provide input at any time via the MICRC’s portal.
11/5 - MICRC will vote on proposed maps. (Public may comment for 45 days but only yes or no for an entire set of maps.)
12/30 - First date MICRC may vote on final maps.
The League of Women Voters of Michigan is holding a series of educational webinars to inform residents about the maps proposed by the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC). The webinar for Isabella County is Thursday, October 21 at 7 pm. The public will have opportunities to comment on the maps during MICRC hearings; they are free and open to the public. Register here.