Berrien and Cass Counties

Berrien and Cass Counties

The LWVBCC, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

78th District State House of Representatives Candidate Forum 

The LWVBCC moderated a Candidate Forum hosting Brad Paquette and Dan VandenHeede who are running as candidates for the office of State Representative for the 78th District of Michigan. A video of the form can be found here.

Help Celebrate Nation Voter Registration Day, Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

  • Learn about healthy voting during Covid-19
  • Find out about early, absentee, and mail-in voting
  • Find webinars and other resources to help get ready for the vote
  • Check your registration status

To explore this wealth of voter registration information please click here.

 

 Constitution Day celebration and lecture by Geoffrey R. Stone
 Video available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ykn7Cda8kC4

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS TO HOST CONSTITUTION SCHOLAR

AT LOCAL “CONSTITUTION DAY” CELEBRATION SEPT. 17

     The League of Women Voters of Berrien and Cass Counties has announced that Geoffrey R. Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago Law School, will speak at its Constitution Day celebration, Sept. 17, in Lincoln Township. 

     The public is invited to join the LWVBCC to hear Dr. Stone speak on “Democracy and Equality: The Fundamental Values of the American Constitution” at the Community Center Park in Lincoln Township, 5575 S. Roosevelt Rd. (behind the Lincoln Township Library on John Beers Rd.) at 5:00 p.m., Sept. 17.  Following the presentation, the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions of the speaker.

     Geoffrey Stone served as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, and also served as Dean of the Law School, and later as Provost of the University of Chicago.

     Dr. Stone is the author of many books on constitutional law including Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion and Law from America's Origins to the Twenty-first Century (2017).  His next book is National Security, Leaks and The Freedom of the Press, scheduled for publication in Spring, 2021.

      Dr. Stone was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies which evaluated the government's foreign intelligence surveillance programs in the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks.

      Geoffrey Stone is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a member of the American Law Institute, the National Advisory Council of the American Civil Liberties Union, and the American Philosophical Society.

      Everyone attending should wear a mask and plan to social distance at all times.  People attending are welcome to bring lawn chairs and to remain afterward for conversation and to celebrate the Constitution.

 

 

 
 
 

To register for the VOTE411 event on Zoom please click here.
To join the VOTE411 event on Facebook Live please visit the Kent County Essential Needs Taskforce.

VOTE411 Poster

Here is an excellent solution to the looming USPS/voting issue. 
Good advice for people who feel unsafe about voting in person but now fear the USPS will be unable to deliver a “mail-in” ballot in a timely fashion.

There is a way around it:
1. Request a mail-in ballot. Call or visit your local city or township Clerk to make this request.
2. When you get it, mark your choices, but do not mail it.
3. Drop it off at your city or township Clerk's office in person BEFORE ELECTION DAY NOVEMBER 3.

Here is what you're accomplishing by doing this:
A. You're not relying on the USPS to get your ballot in on time, so no matter what, your ballot gets in on time.
B. You don't have to worry about standing in a long line and risking infection. You're just stopping by to drop it off.
C. You still voted! Hooray!

Then, when you drop it off, verify that you can track your ballot online.  Michigan has a system that can track your ballot just like tracking a package from Amazon.  Here is the system:
 
Go to:  Michigan’s Voter Information Center -- https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/.
  • The top line reads: "Are you registered"
  • Complete ONE box (search by name OR by driver's license number)
  • Click report on Absentee Voter Ballot Status
 
You will find out this:
  • application received date
  • ballot sent date
  • ballot received date
***This is very important information.  If you can, pass it on to all your family and friends.***
 
 
 
 

 

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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS TO HOST CONSTITUTION SCHOLAR

AT LOCAL “CONSTITUTION DAY” CELEBRATION SEPT. 17

     The League of Women Voters of Berrien and Cass Counties has announced that Geoffrey R. Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago Law School, will speak at its Constitution Day celebration, Sept. 17, in Lincoln Township. 

     The public is invited to join the LWVBCC to hear Dr. Stone speak on “Democracy and Equality: The Fundamental Values of the American Constitution” at the Community Center Park in Lincoln Township, 5575 S. Roosevelt Rd. (behind the Lincoln Township Library on John Beers Rd.) at 5:00 p.m., Sept. 17.  Following the presentation, the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions of the speaker.

     Geoffrey Stone served as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, and also served as Dean of the Law School, and later as Provost of the University of Chicago.

     Dr. Stone is the author of many books on constitutional law including Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion and Law from America's Origins to the Twenty-first Century (2017).  His next book is National Security, Leaks and The Freedom of the Press, scheduled for publication in Spring, 2021.

      Dr. Stone was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies which evaluated the government's foreign intelligence surveillance programs in the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks.

      Geoffrey Stone is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a member of the American Law Institute, the National Advisory Council of the American Civil Liberties Union, and the American Philosophical Society.

      Everyone attending should wear a mask and plan to social distance at all times.  People attending are welcome to bring lawn chairs and to remain afterward for conversation and to celebrate the Constitution.

League of Women Voters to Provide VOTE411.org Website for
November 3 Candidate Research and Comparisons

The League of Women Voters of Berrien and Cass Counties has announced that once again their informational, data packed website, www.vote411.org, will be available for the November 3 election.

 The League is urging voters to prepare for the upcoming November 3 election by visiting VOTE411.org to read and compare candidate responses to relevant issues.  Every candidate on the November 3 ballot has been invited to participate, to provide biographical information, and to write a response to the following question:  “If elected, what will be your top two priorities and how would you address them?”

 VOTE411.org also helps voters find their polling place, check voting hours, learn about ballot proposals and initiative measures, and read tips about voting in Michigan.  What about voters who do not know their state or county district?  Simply by typing in their home address, VOTE411.org will give them that information. 

 Voters need simple, helpful tools to help them navigate the voting process and Election Day.   VOTE411.org is the nation’s premiere online election resource, and the League of Women Voters of Berrien & Cass Counties has added a local voter’s guide to VOTE411.org so that voters in this area can learn about their federal, state, county, and local candidates. 

 These days, voters have many ways to connect and share the things that matter most to them. This year, their ballot is the ultimate ‘app’. Learn about the candidates on VOTE411.org before November 3!  And be sure to vote Absentee by mail (no reason is required) or in person!

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