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Voting rights advocates organize in SE and West Michigan to get measure on the Nov. ballot

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Voting rights advocates are ramping up efforts on a ballot initiative that seeks to expand voting access in Michigan. On Saturday, Voter Not Politicians (VNP), the nonprofit group that successfully amended the Michigan Constitution in 2018 to create a nonpartisan citizen-led redistricting process, hosted a series of large-scale trainings and petition circulation drives in Detroit, […]

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VNP Launches Affinity Groups

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Voters Not Politicians hired Magnolia Detroit in order to assess our organization and advance our goals of making VNP a more inclusive space for all of our staff and volunteers. As a result of this work, VNP is launching Affinity Groups to create supportive spaces for volunteers and staff with shared lived experiences and identities. […]

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This Board Member Seeks the Holy Grail of Free, Fair and Representative Democratic Elections

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While Kevin Deegan-Krause may be one of the newest board members of the Voters Not Politicians Education Fund, he is also one of the longest running VNP volunteers. In addition to serving on the board of the Voters Ed Fund, Kevin is also a member of the policy committee. Kevin Deegan-Krause bounced around the country […]

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VNP Volunteers are on Track to Shatter Goals

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By Amanda Lammon, State Field Director | May 3, 2022 Ask anyone: Voters Not Politicians volunteers are the best volunteers! Since getting petitions back in hand our volunteers have braved snow and hail and collected more than 20,000 signatures.  (Pictured above: Lisa Jevens and Marie Knoerl going all out to gather signatures) As soon as VNP […]

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Voters Ed Fund Receives a $300,000 Grant

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By Melissa Horste | May 3, 2022 The Voters Not Politicians Education Fund (Voters Ed Fund) started the year strong with a $300,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. This grant will support the Voters Ed Fund as we share the lessons learned from Michigan’s historic inaugural independent redistricting process, expand […]

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Promote the Vote receive support from UP residents

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HOUGHTON — Promote the Vote, a petition drive that aims to amend Michigan’s constitution in order to protect voting rights, is gaining support among Copper Country community members. Promote the Vote contains a number of legislative proposals that include expanding absentee voting access, creating an extended early voting period, upholding the affidavit option, and allowing […]

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Column: Here’s what we’ve learned from Michigan’s independent redistricting process

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Michigan residents recently concluded a historic experiment in representative democracy. For the first time, the drawing of voting districts that will shape our representation in Washington, D.C., and Lansing for an entire decade was not led by self-interested politicians.  Thanks to the hard work of Voters Not Politicians and their allies to pass a redistricting […]

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Redistricting reform advocates look ahead to protecting voting rights

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The nonprofit group that successfully pushed to amend the Michigan Constitution and create a nonpartisan citizen-led redistricting process, took a moment Thursday to both reflect on the success of that effort, but also to say it was, “moving forward to protect rights of Michigan voters.” Voters Not Politicians (VNP), which helped establish the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting […]

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Non-profits seek to get ‘Promote the Vote’ proposal on general election ballot

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Nineteen non-profits in Michigan are backing a voters’ rights proposal for this fall’s general election. If the proposal gets on the ballot and is passed, it would give active military members access to absentee ballots 45 days prior to election day, allowing them to return them up to 6 days after election day if they […]

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Battleground Michigan: GOP joins with militant far right in campaign against democracy

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Right-wing groups have launched an unusual political campaign in Michigan, uniting major Republican donors — including Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s former education secretary — with far-right militants in an effort to exploit the state’s petition rules and bypass the normal legislative process. If successful, this could lead to the veto-proof enactment of a series of bills […]

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