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This week on “In The Public Interest," our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, we meet and talk with the winner of the student art poster contest encouraging people to vote.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with senior Jack Weddell and his art teacher at Ann Arbor's Pioneer High School Helen Bunch.


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For some people, just getting out to vote takes a lot of effort.  They may never think about or realize exactly what goes in to putting a local election together.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry takes you behind the voting curtain to learn about just how much time and preparation goes in to putting together an election in Washtenaw County, so residents can exercise their right to vote.


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The mid-term elections are about a month away, now. Typically, turnout for mid-terms is much lighter than in presidential election years. This year, the political climate is tense and polarized. That appears to be manifesting itself among younger voters with a new sense of interest. In looking at Washtenaw County, if newly registered young voters turn out, it could help determine outcomes in November. 

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Michigan is a step closer to letting eligible voters register online.  The state House passed legislation Wednesday. 


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The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area is working to help seniors register to vote, apply for absent voter ballots, and get on the permanent absent voter list, but never with the actual ballot itself.  This week, on "In the Public Interest," 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to League of Women Voters member Kathy Whitaker about helping seniors engage in the democratic process.


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This week, on "In the Public Interest," our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry gets the lowdown on some interesting league history from member Susan Wooley.


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There are plenty of opportunities for civic and community engagement this week.  WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan of the CivCity Initiative  run them down for you in this week's edition of "Civic Matters!" 


Lisa Barry

In this week's "In The Public Interest," our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by Washtenaw County Elections Director Ed Golembiewski and league member Cheryl Depner.  They talk about what's involved in being a county elections inspector and other issues related to rules and regulations concerning several upcoming elections.


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Governor Rick Snyder has signed bills that would make it tougher and more expensive for losing candidates to call a recount of the results. 


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In this week's bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry talks with Sue Smith, a member of the Ann Arbor area league and a board member of the League of Women Voters of Michigan.


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We're kicking off a new segment on WEMU called "In The Public Interest."  It is a bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area talking about the importance of a politically engaged community.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry begins. 


A mental health services and public safety millage wins countywide approval, while voters in the nine public school districts in Washtenaw County pass a special education renewal question. Two countywide millage issues on the ballot in Washtenaw county were both approved in Tuesday's elections.


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Michigan’s elections chief says it appears there were 31 instances of people casting two ballots in the 2016 election, but it doesn’t seem to have changed any results.  That was the finding of audits of the election results, as well as a separate inquiry into ballot irregularities in Detroit.


Michigan Senators Tackle Voting Reform

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Michigan lawmakers seem to be making voting laws a priority.  Lawmakers in both chambers have now introduced legislation they say will make voting easier. 


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A state board has approved spending as much as $82 million dollars over the next two years for new voting machines in every precinct in Michigan.


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Some voters like to take “selfies” with their ballots on Election Day.  But, in Michigan, that’s against the law.

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Three Washtenaw County townships will be voting on three separate millage issues next week.  


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A mailing mix-up has resulted in hundreds of Ypsilanti Township voters being told to go to the wrong polling place for next month's election.

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The Washtenaw County Clerk’s Office expects more registered voters this year over 2012.

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If you plan to vote in the May 3rd election in Washtenaw County, you have until today to register. 


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Now that the votes have been counted in the Super Tuesday states, presidential candidates are turning their attention to the next round of primaries – including Michigan’s in a week.  


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The Washtenaw County Department of Elections is encouraging residents to sign-up to be an election inspector. 


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Local leaders and school officials are challenging a new state elections law in federal court.


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Legislation that would eliminate the straight-ticket voting option on Michigan ballots is headed to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk. Jake Neher reports.


Michigan teens would be able to pre-register to vote under a proposal in Lansing.

The measure would allow 16 and 17 year olds to fill out their voter registration paperwork when they get their driver’s licenses. The state would mail their voter cards when they turn 18.

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