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Marquette County Unit Information

Information about the Marquette County Unit

Learn more about the new Unit of the LWV in Marquette County

Celebratory Gathering at the Ore Dock

After months of hard work the Marquette LWV Unit celebrated the end of a long season of "Empowering Voters and Defending Democracy". Congratulations to the volunteers who helped register voters, talked to students in the Marquette County Schools, attended numerous community events providing voter information, coordinated community education events, presented on the statewide ballot proposals, contacted all the local candidates and set up a big election and multiple races on, and worked with the Mining Journal to produce our first printed voter guide!

First Printed Voter Guide!

Marquette County residents found this gem tucked into their Mining Journal paper on Saturday morning, October 27th.

A big congratulations to the LWV volunteer team who worked so hard to make this happen. They spent hours learning the data system, they developed questions for the candidates, they figured out how to get in touch with all of the candidates, they worked with the County Clerk to get the accurate ballot proposal language for all of the county wide proposals, they set up a slew of races on and had to figure out what GIS codes applied to each race so that voters could access their own individualized ballots, they did their best to track down candidates by phone, email, etc. to get their responses to the questions. Meanwhile the volunteers met regularly with the Mining Journal to lay out plans for the guide and to figure out what the Mining Journal needed. Once all of the information was in the system the volunteers figured out how to get what the Mining Journal wanted in the computer file format that they wanted in. Without their work our local races and ballot proposals would not have been on the system and this guide would not have been in the Mining Journal Saturday morning papers. They figured it all out and made election information available for the entire county and beyond!

Ballot Proposal Presentations

The Statewide Ballot Proposal Education Project was presented at 6 events around Marquette County. We were invited to present to the Marquette Breakfast Rotary and for the NMU Student Leadership Fellowship and Superior Edge groups. The Ballot Proposal information was shared with over 180 people.

Delta County

  • Escanaba Bay College Ballot Proposal Presentation Escanaba

Marquette County
  • Chocolay Township Hall, Marquette Chocolay Township 10/4

  • Powell Township Hall Powell Township 10/22

  • Lakeview Arena Citizens Forum Room Lakeview Arena, Marquette 10/24 Lakeview Arena, Marquette 10/24

  • Ishpeming City Hall Ishpeming City Hall 10/25

Marquette City Commission Candidate Forum - Full Video Recording Available

Northern Michigan University Fall Fest - Welcome Students

LWV Volunteers talked with students at NMU Fall Fest. Registered several students and had some great conversations despite the wind, heat and humidity.

Observer Corps Newsletter Launched - What's happening at your community government meetings?

We currently have 10 LWV members in our Observer Corps, and we are following 11 local governmental entities. Our goals are to provide the LWV and the public with information about their local government and to ensure that local government is aware of public interest and scrutiny regarding their efforts on our behalf. This quarterly newsletter is one of the avenues by which we hope to accomplish our goals. Here, we will provide a calendar of upcoming governmental meetings for the coming quarter, and brief summaries of the highlights of the meetings that we have followed in the previous quarter.

July to September 2018 Newsletter

April to June 2018 Newsletter

Jan to March 2018 Newsletter

Marquette 4th of July Parade

Summer Voter Registration and Education Activities

Marquette Farmers Market

Ishpeming Festival of Treasurers

Promote the Vote

Promote the Vote is a proposed constitutional amendment to:

  • Make voting more accessible and convenient
  • Ensure that everyone's votes are secure and counted
  • Ensure that everyone's voice is heard

Promote the Vote Circulator Training

Circulator Training

Gathering signatures at the March For Science

Sharing information about Promote the Vote

Happy Anniversary!

We recently celebrated the 1st Anniversary of the Marquette County Unit being reestablished. We now have 57 members. Check out this link to see what we have been up to over the 12 months. If any of our projects look interesting to you join our League Unit soon!

Marquette Unit Organizing

The League of Women Voters of Delta County, Marquette County Unit is pleased to announce the reestablishment of the league in Marquette County. The League has had a rich and long history in Marquette County. In 1968 a provisional Marquette County League formally organized with 46 charter members. For almost 40 years they thrived and grew with a reported high of 120 members. They provided many voter and education services to the community until they saw membership numbers dwindle and the same small group of women found themselves responsible for the leadership roles. In 2006 with great regret the group disbanded.

The times right for the League to begin its work again in Marquette County. Citizens are craving reliable accurate, fair and impartial information and that's what the League can provide. The League of Women Voters is an historic, respected organization.

As the new Unit's name implies, the "League of Women Voters of Delta County, Marquette County Unit" will be operating under the governance of the Delta County League for a period of time. This will allow the new group to learn more about the mission, policies and practices of the League. The Marquette group is fortunate to have mentors from the Delta County League and former Marquette County League members to provide guidance and leadership as the Marquette group grows.

To learn more about the Marquette County League's organizing efforts listen to The 8th Day Show on 101.9-Sunny FM as host Todd Pazz interviews Darlene Allen, League Unit Leader.

The 8th Day Interview - Part 1

The 8th Day Interview - Part 2

The 8th Day Interview Sunshine Week, the Observer Corps and League Activities Find us on Facebook

Just for fun!

A group of League Members gathered to watch the Movie "Iron Jawed Angels". This movie takes a fresh and contemporary look at a pivotal event in American history. Iron Jawed Angels tells the true story of how defiant and brilliant young activists Alice Paul, played by Hilary Swank and Lucy Burns, played by Frances O'Connor took the women's suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote. We learned about this movie when listening to a podcast from What Would Alice Paul Do Podcast. Check out their podcasts. They are perfect for any LWV aficionado.

Available for loan from the Peter White Library