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Civic Matters: 'Voting Is Sexy' Videos, Ballot Initiative Forums, And More

Oct 8, 2018

Voter Registration Deadline
Credit Mary Morgan / CivCity Initiative

October 9th is the voter registration deadline for this year's midterm elections, but there's still time to get signed up.  Voter registration events, ballot initiative panels, and upcoming meetings in Ann Arbor government are the topics of discussion in this week's "Civic Matters" with WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan.


Mary Morgan, executive director of the CivCity Initiative in Ann Arbor

Mary Morgan brings a wealth of experience to the airwaves.  While heading up the CivCity Initiative now, Mary was previously co-founder and publisher of the Ann Arbor Chronicle.  Prior to that, she served as a reporter and editor for the Ann Arbor News when it was a daily, print edition newspaper. 

This Week's Topics:

   • Tuesday, Oct. 9 is the deadline to register if you want to vote in the Nov. 6 election – and of course you do!  Click here to check your registration status

   • On Monday, a Michigan Secretary of State van will be parked outside of the Michigan League from 10 a.m. til 4 p.m. to help with registration.  You can register in person and pick up an absentee ballot in one stop!

"Registration Romance"
Credit Youtube / youtube.com
   • For inspiration/information, the folks at the University of Michigan's Voting Is Sexy project made this "Registration Romance" video.  Students also created shorter quirky videos – including "Knock, Knock, Time to Register" and "Rock the Polls."  Check out their YouTube channel for the complete set!

"Electoral Reform via Ballot Initiatives" Forum
Credit Ford School of Public Policy / umich.edu

• The three statewide proposals on the Nov. 6 ballot will be highlighted in a UM Ford School panel discussion Monday at 4 p.m.: Electoral Reform via Ballot Initiatives: Redistricting, Voter Registration, and Voter Rights in Michigan.  And check out videos of Saline and Dexter high school debate teams discussing pros and cons of state Prop 1 and Prop 2.

  • In non-election civic news, tonight the Ann Arbor City Council and Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority board will hold a joint working session focused on parking issues.  The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and can be watched online here.

Buhr Park Burn
Credit Mary Morgan / CivCity Initiative

• Also on Monday, the staff of Ann Arbor's Natural Area Preservation unit will host a public forum about their controlled ecological burn program.  The burn season runs from Oct. 9 through Dec. 21.  Tonight's forum starts at 7 p.m. at the NAP office, 3875 E. Huron River Drive.  Click here for details.

"Race to Nowhere" Poster
Credit Ann Arbor District Library / aadl.org

• On Thursday, Oct. 11, our nation's educational system is the focus of a panel discussion and free screening of the documentary "Race to Nowhere: Transforming Education from the Ground Up."  The event starts at 6 p.m. at the downtown Ann Arbor library, 343 S. Fifth Ave.  Click here for details

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— David Fair is the WEMU News Director and host of Morning Edition on WEMU.  You can contact David at 734.487.3363, on twitter @DavidFairWEMU, or email him at dfair@emich.edu