VNP’s Fast Talking Taskmaster

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August 3, 2021 VNP’s work to implement Proposal 2 and make sure that the map drawing process is fair and inclusive is managed by VNP’s volunteer Community Mapping Committee, which exemplifies the stellar programming that VNP volunteers produce. In May, VNP welcomed Alyson Grigsby to the team. As the new Civic Engagement Associate, Alyson provides […]

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A Dial For Democracy Volunteer Discovers A Hidden Talent

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August 3, 2021 When an issue arises in the Michigan Legislature that threatens our democracy, Dial For Democracy (DFD) volunteers answer the call to contact their elected officials. One of VNP’s most reliable Dial for Democracy (DFD) volunteers, Karen Agacinski, found not only an opportunity to take action safely during a pandemic, but a talent […]

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Every Michigander Deserves the Freedom to Vote: Updates from the Campaign

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By Jamie Lyons Eddy | July 1, 2021 The national movement to suppress voting has come to our great state. Politicians want to choose their voters, but Voters Not Politicians will not stand for it.  The threat to voting access in Michigan: In March, the Michigan Senate introduced a package of 39 bills that restrict […]

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Over 800 Michiganders Make Their Voices Heard in the New Redistricting Process

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By Alyson Grigsby | July 1, 2021 The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission has finished the first round of public hearings as part of the state’s new redistricting process, 16 hearings in total across Michigan. VNP’s Deep Engagement Partners showed up in force at the public hearings to testify and submit their maps to the […]

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Bridget Bly: A VNP Volunteer Empowers COIs

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July 1, 2021 A statistician by day, Bridget Bly is a part of the COI Community Mapping Committee that has been hard at work providing training and resources to Communities of Interest (COIs) so they can participate in the redistricting process.  Community mapping volunteers help COIs succeed by breaking down each step of the process, […]

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Meet Melissa Zinn: VNP’s Engine with a Green Thumb

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July 1, 2021 In April, Voters Not Politicians welcomed Melissa Zinn as our new Administrative Assistant. Melissa keeps the VNP team organized, informed and on time. She is the engine that makes our whole operation run smoothly. Though new to her role, Melissa has been a dedicated volunteer since 2017. She was inspired to get […]

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Candidates for State House Earn VoteSafe Approval

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With the onset of the novel coronavirus, our entire world was in a state of flux, and the work of Voters Not Politicians was immediately impacted. We saw, along with voting rights advocates nationwide, that during the COVID-19 pandemic, we would likely need all-hands-on-deck to take concerted action at the federal, state, and local levels […]

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How the Commission is Chosen

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Voters Not Politicians is a grassroots group who, in 2018, passed the constitutional amendment to take politicians out of the redistricting process and put the people in charge through an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. One of the founding principles of the Commission laid out in the policy is that the Commission is independent from partisan […]

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Redistricting Amendment Criteria

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The redistricting reform amendment includes a set of strict criteria to replace the loose guidelines that were previously followed by politicians. This set of criteria ensures that the Commission does not manipulate election map lines with partisan bias. Michigan voters deserve election maps that represent them, not politicians or special interests. The redistricting reform amendment […]

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