Virtual voter rights information session slated Tuesday – Manistee News Advocate

MANISTEE — The League of Women Voters of Manistee County and the Manistee News Advocate will host a voter information session via Zoom and Facebook on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.

According to league president Nancy Behring, the main purpose of the event entitled “Your Voter Rights” is to get accurate information out to Manistee County voters as to what their voter rights are.

The town hall will feature Manistee County Clerk Jill Nowak, Manistee League of Women Voters board member Sandra Nelson and Pamela Tompke, a past president of the Manistee County Clerks Association. 

Behring notes that “there is so much misinformation and disinformation out there, and not just locally but across the nation.” She said that the voter rights town hall is designed to clear up misconceptions.

“One vital role of a newspaper is to provide facts to the community about what’s going on in the world around them,” said Michelle Graves, News Advocate managing editor. “In the past the News Advocate also has partnered with the Manistee league to inform voters of their options. We felt partnering with the group again for this event was a no-brainer.”

The newspaper and the league also partnered in December 2020 to host a live coronavirus forum featuring Dr. Brian McComb, chief medical officer of the Munson Healtcare Manistee Hospital.

Behring said the League of the Woman Voters started after women got the right to vote 102 years ago with the 19th amendment of the U.S Constitution. She notes the organization is not partisan, often runs voter registration drives for seniors as well as those turning 18, and has a goal of encouraging all eligible voters to go to the polls.

The league also holds town halls and debates for candidates during local elections that have more than a single candidate or only an incumbent running. 

The group also publishes a voter guide called The information in the guide has side-by-side answers from candidates who are asked the same questions as well as other information, such as where a voter can find their closest voting location, and where they can register to vote.  

To attend the town hall live, visit the league’s website,, and click on “Events” at the top of the page. Then select “Your Voting Rights Town Hall” to join either on the Zoom link there or on the league’s Facebook page where it will be live-streamed. The Zoom meeting ID is 87960744116 and the passcode is 252465.

The town hall will be recorded and available later on the league’s website, Facebook page and YouTube channel, as well as the Manistee News Advocate’s website. 

This event is free and open to the public.


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