Marquette County LWV getting closer to becoming own chapter

We’re pleased to report that the Marquette County League of Women Voters unit, which technically is a part of the Delta County league chapter, continues to take steps to become its own organization. And that’s good news for area voters, especially in this day and age when partisan politics seems to rule everything.

“The state league, the League of Women Voters Michigan, they start out leagues as a geographic unit, which is what we’ve been for two years and that basically means we’re assigned to a mentor league, which happened to be the Delta County league,” Darlene Allen, chairwoman of the Marquette County unit, said for a Mining Journal story this week. “We’re actually governed by the Delta County league board, so many of the things we wanted to work on or do went through them.”

The Journal story noted the local group put together a packet of information highlighting its accomplishments over nearly two years, which include, but aren’t limited to: hosting 40 community events since January 2018 to register and educate people on the primary and general elections; visiting five area schools on National Voter Registration Day last year; speaking with 292 students and helping 98 students complete voter registration applications; and publishing, through The Mining Journal, a non-partisan election guide for the November 2018 balloting.

The packet has been submitted to the state league, which oversees local units. The state organization is expected to review the matter at its scheduled Feb. 9 meeting.

If approved, the LWV of Delta County, Marquette County Unit would then be called the LWV of Michigan, Marquette County Membership-at-Large State Unit.

The original Marquette County chapter formed in 1968 but disbanded in 2006, after membership — and apparently interest — dipped. This new group, in our opinion, is highly motivated and excited to be a part of the process.

And as we said at the onset, that’s good news for area voters.