Nights and Weekends: Celebrations and Expansions!

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By Alyson Grigsby Our Nights and Weekends program is expanding to more cities this year after starting our clerk engagement work in 2019! Building on the success of Promote the Vote 2018 (2018’s Proposal 3), we are working to expand convenient voting services in clerk’s offices across the state.  Even after the passage of Proposal […]

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Press Releases and Poetry – Meet VNP’s New Comms Manager

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By Melissa Horste In April, Voters Not Politicians welcomed the newest member of the team, Communications Manager, Melinda Billingsley. As VNP’s Communication Manager, she fills a critical role on the team. Voters Not Politicians has grown rapidly over the years into a family of organizations, including Voters Not Politicians, Voters Not Politicians Education Fund and […]

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No Stamp Required – The Story of a Drop Box

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By Melissa Horste It’s the day before election day. Jane has her absentee ballot in hand, but can’t find a stamp and the post office is closed. She has to head out of town for a work trip in the morning and doesn’t have time to vote in person. Plus, Jane isn’t sure what would […]

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Royal Oak in Bloom – A Bountiful Success

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By Kathy Krauskopf Now that spring is in full bloom, events are taking place across the state that attract huge crowds. VNP volunteers capitalize on these events to circulate petitions and hit our signature collection goals. Royal Oak in Bloom is an annual event with a huge following of people and families who attend year […]

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A screenshot of the Democracy Bot page when first opened. In a chat message style, incoming messages "Hey there, I'm Democracy Bot". Followed by a animation of a cartoon bear waving. Another incoming message "Before we get started you should know that this form is for the express use by supporters of Voters Not Politicians to report anti-voter, anti-election material spread by groups that could harm or confuse voters in the state of Michigan."

Meet Democracy Bot, Our Newest Ally Against Disinformation

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By Charlie Beall Meet Beartrice, better known as Democracy Bot, our new tool to fight back against election disinformation in Michigan. Taking notes from a coordinated national effort, spreaders of disinformation in Michigan are trying to undermine voters’ faith in our election system and to prepare the ground for election subversion in 2024. By using […]

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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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Kevin Deegan-Krause kneels next to his dog and holds up his scale model of the old 14th Congressional District, made entirely out of Lego.

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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The Secret to This Super Circulator’s Success

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April 4, 2022 Meet Lyn Pawloski Thousands of volunteers collected more than 428,000 signatures in 110 days in 2018 to put Proposal 2 on the ballot. There are a handful of volunteers who stood out among the rest for the sheer number of signatures they collected. This elite squad of passionate volunteers have been aptly […]

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