A Popcan and a Penny for Your Thoughts: Betsy Robbins Reflects on the Prop 2 Campaign

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February 9, 2022 With our new Promote the Vote 2022 ballot initiative campaign underway, it’s fun to look back on, and take inspiration from, what made our Prop 2 campaign in 2018 so successful. Most VNP volunteers will recognize Betsy Robbins who gained notoriety on the 2018 campaign trail for her fun and entertaining songs […]

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Proposal 2 Implementation – Michigan’s New Maps Have Been Adopted… Now What?

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February 9, 2022 The MICRC adopted their final maps on December 28, but the redistricting process isn’t over. Several groups have brought lawsuits (as expected), and those will be resolved in the coming weeks or months. More information on the lawsuits is below. Meanwhile, under the Constitution, the MICRC must issue a report by February […]

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VNP joins powerhouse coalition to Promote the Vote in 2022

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February 9, 2022 On January 31, the groups that brought landscape-changing democracy reforms to Michigan in 2018 announced a new collaboration: Promote the Vote 2022.  Voters Not Politicians, in partnership with Promote the Vote, ACLU of Michigan, the League of Women Voters of Michigan, APIA-Vote and Detroit Action, announced a new constitutional amendment ballot initiative. […]

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Voters Not Politicians seeks to defend new congressional map against challenge

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The group behind the constitutional amendment that created Michigan’s citizen-led, independent redistricting process took steps Monday to defend the commission’s work in court against a lawsuit brought by Republicans challenging the new congressional map. Voters Not Politicians filed a motion to intervene as a defendant in the lawsuit against the commissioners who drew the map. […]

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New constitutional amendment could nullify GOP-led efforts to restrict voting

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A new ballot initiative filed with the Michigan Secretary of State Monday could nullify Republican-led efforts to restrict voting and enshrine a series of voting rights — including barring partisan interference in future elections — in the state’s constitution, election experts said Monday. The “Promote the Vote 2022” ballot initiative would amend the state constitution to improve both security […]

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‘Promote the Vote’ ballot initiative launches to protect voting rights in Michigan

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A voting rights group announced Monday it has plans to collect signatures for a ballot initiative aimed at protecting access to the polls in Michigan. The Promote the Vote 2022 ballot initiative would improve both security and access to the polls in Michigan, supporters said. The group will need approval from the Michigan Board of […]

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Voters Not Politicians slams Secure MI Vote over signature gathering

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Voters Not Politicians on Thursday shared a video of a petitioner misleading voters while collecting signatures for controversial petitions to tighten state laws on absentee voting and limit state departments’ emergency powers.  A Kalamazoo volunteer for the so-called “pro-democracy” nonprofit shared a video of a paid petitioner asking voters for signatures supporting petitions including Secure MI Vote, Unlock Michigan and Let […]

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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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