A Long Time VNP Volunteer Reflects on Prop 2

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January 6, 2022 Jessica Swartz has a pretty extensive resume both inside and outside of VNP. She is the Deputy General Counsel at Western Michigan University and a Girl Scout Troop Leader. Jessica has worn a number of hats within VNP including Prop 2 petition circulator and co-team lead, and Nights & Weekends team leader.  […]

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The Prop 2 Volunteer that Changes the World with Art

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January 6, 2022 Paul Marquardt’s artwork is an experience. This Kalamazoo native creates pieces that you can not only see, but touch and hear. While each piece presents a unique experience, they all share one key thing in common: societal change for the better. Whether it is a chair that literally speaks to you or […]

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VNP’s Internal Think Tank Develops Policy Solutions to Tough Questions

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By Naomi Siegel Morse, Policy Committee Co-Chair | January 6, 2022 When Voters Not Politicians was first organized, a Policy Committee was established to formulate a nonpartisan solution to the gerrymandering problem. Since then, anti-democratic forces have increased and broadened their efforts, leading to the continued expansion of the Policy Committee’s work. Committee members seek out policy […]

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Michigan Makes History!

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By Charlie Beall | January 6, 2022 On Tuesday, December 28th 2021, Michigan’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission adopted new maps for Congress, State Senate, and State House. Each map passed with a constitutional majority of at least two Democrat, two Republican, and two Non-Affiliated commissioners. This commission, made up of everyday citizens, achieved this feat amid […]

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Meet VNP’s Crafty State Field Director

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December 7, 2021 As the State Field Director, Kim Murphy-Kovalick sets targets for VNP programs, including voter contact, and makes sure that the VNP team is on track when it comes to canvassing, phonebanks, and grassroots engagement. If you have ever been on a volunteer Statewide Call or contacted your state legislator, then chances are […]

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Introducing the Voters Not Politicians Education Fund

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By Melissa Horste | December 7, 2021 You are already familiar with Voters Not Politicians, a remarkable citizen-led organization that mobilized 6,000 volunteers to do away with political gerrymandering. But you probably aren’t as familiar with the Count MI Vote Education Fund, VNP’s 501(c)3 affiliated organization that has been: Monitoring the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission […]

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Freedom to Vote Volunteers Shift Tactics As Winter Approaches

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By Rachel Diehl, Organizer for Regions 1 and 3, Student Program Coordinator | December 7, 2021 As the year (and decent weather) draws to a close for 2021, Voters Not Politicians is continuing full-steam ahead on its campaign to raise the alarm about the anti-voter Secure MI Vote petition. Gray skies, chilly winds, and early snow […]

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This ED has seen VNP grow before her very eyes

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November 8, 2021 Nancy Wang was one of the first volunteers to raise her hand on Facebook to answer the call to end partisan gerrymandering in Michigan. She led the policy committee that researched, elicited input from Michiganders at 30 town halls in 30 days, and networked with state and national experts in order to […]

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Michigan Is Showing the Nation a Great Example of Participatory Democracy

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By Connie Cook | November 8, 2021 The 6,000 VNP volunteers who helped pass Prop 2 in 2018 have a lot to be proud of. By ending partisan gerrymandering in Michigan, Prop 2 is guaranteeing that our district maps will preserve more communities and have more partisan balance than they would have had if constructed solely […]

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The Freedom to Vote Campaign is fighting anti-voter extremists on two fronts

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By Jamie Lyons-Eddy | November 8, 2021 Freedom to Vote Campaign Update The so-called “Secure MI Vote” petition, which would make voting harder and restrict funding for local elections, officially began circulating on October 8th. Meanwhile, both chambers of the Michigan legislature passed a package of bills that mirrored the language in the anti-voter petition. We […]

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