How You Can Help with Membership
By Carrie Lancaster

    We are making progress toward paying our dues annually in November. Invoices sent after our Annual Meeting presented the opportunity to settle the remaining months of 2017 along with payment covering January through October of 2018. Members whose membership expires between the months of December to May will receive a prorated bill in 2018. Don't fret over billing, just wait until you receive my email dues invoice; I am doing my best to make sure you pay the correct amount. November 1, 2018, you will see the first annual roster invoice. From that point on, just arrange to take care of dues annually. Thanks so much for your patience.
   Thank you for returning your Member Interest Forms that were handed out at our August 1, Tuesday Topics. The various Chairs will be contacting you soon about volunteering. Your help is greatly appreciated; you are what it takes to make our League even better.
   Finally, think about inviting working professionals to visit our League meetings and activities. I love our retired members who have already contributed so much, but we need to keep bringing in younger members to keep the League viable. Invite them to upcoming socials: Books, Bags, and Beyond Fundraiser; League Day; Mayoral Forums; or Tuesday Topics. (Visit our Calendar page for event details.) —8/11/2017

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Judge orders all votes by federal registrants to be counted in Kansas primary
by Tim Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal, 7-29-2016

A Shawnee County District Court judge Friday ordered the counting of all primary election votes cast by Kansans who registered with a federal form that doesn't require proof of citizenship and conflicts with the state's registration process.

Judge Larry Hendricks rejected arguments presented by Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who led establishment of temporary statewide rules requiring county election officials to disregard votes cast in local and state elections by at least 17,500 federal registrants that he had placed in registration limbo due to the citizenship conflict.



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“Forge Your Future: Initiative aims to increase number of younger voters, ” by Morgan Chilson, Topeka Capital-Journal, 5/8/2017

Former LWVK co-president Marge Ahrens opinion: “S.A.F.E. Act should be repealed,” Topeka Capital-Journal, 1-4-2017

Reviewing 2016, Anticiptating 2017
—a message from LWK co-presidents 1-2-2017

Be so very proud of your own hard work since the implementation of the so - called "S.A.F.E. Act" in 2012-2013.

Please continue to:

  1. Register voters using the Federal Form.  In particular, urge high school and college teachers to register young adults. 
  2. Collect stories and data related to  difficulties for Kansas citizens in both registering to vote and in the  end, voting. In just 9 of the largest  Kansas counties more than 7000 persons presented to vote, were given provisional ballots and no part of their provisional ballots were counted because they "were not registered to vote." 1-2-2017

“Shawnee Co. judge rules against Kris Kobach over dual voter registration system,” by Jonathan Shorman, Topeka Capital-Journal. 11-7-2016

The Intergovernmental Cooperative Council is a group of leaders of the taxing entities in Shawnee county and it meets at WU.  At the September ICC meeting, Dr. Steve Noble, new superintendent of Seaman USD 345, was the speaker.  No Child Left Behind has been left behind in favor of a new Federal initiative: Every Student Succeeds, with less testing. The conversation turned to the legislature, and the difficulty of hiring teachers. Schools are hoping the courts will restore funding. 10-17-2016

August 26, 2016, marked the 96th anniversary of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote in 1920. The League of Women Voters of Kansas (LWVK) is marking this historic occasion by launching a new website,
    Many people don’t realize that women in Wichita formed the first local League in the nation. Women in Kansas could vote in school board elections in 1861, municipal elections in 1887, and state elections in 1912. So, it was no surprise that Kansas was one of the first states to ratify the 19th Amendment.
    "Kansas led the way for women’s voting rights," said Carole Neal, current Kansas State League co-president, "and the League is still fighting for the right of every Kansas citizen to vote. Voting is still the key way to make an impact on the critical issues facing our communities.

Kansas television stations are running SEVEN 15-second spots promoting voting in Kansas elections. All are available to view online. Check them out!

Pine Ridge School Updates

“Community Health Center operations transition planned.” Read news release. [.PDF format] 11-16-2015

LWV-TSC made the newspaper!
"'Quality of life' should be part of economic development, women's group says," by Megan Hart, Topeka Capital-Journal, 8/22/2015

Policy Positions The League of Women Voters of the United States will no longer print booklets containing their policy positions, as it has become too expensive to print, ship and store additional copies of the publication.  However, members who are interested in obtaining “Impact on Issues,” which has these policy positions and can be downloaded as full publication or individual sections by visiting 8/11//2015

Action Alert
Support Repeal of the Death Sentence!
The cost of the death penalty is only one of many compelling reasons to abolish capital punishment. Research indicates
that the most persuasive repeal arguments for Kansans are 1) cost 2) the risk of executing an innocent person, and 3) the
negative effect on murder victim surviving family members. See entire alert. 2/19/2015

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