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League Monitors General Election Canvass

    November 10, representatives of the League of Women Voters of Topeka Shawnee County observed the canvass of the of the November 2014 election. checkThe League focused on how many provisional ballots were cast, how many of those were counted and how many were not counted. 1376 provisional ballots were cast in Shawnee County. 1005 were counted. Of that number, 277 were a partial count as the voter voted at the wrong ballot location. 135 ballots had technical issues resolved. 593 ballots had registration questions resolved.
    371 provisional ballots were not counted. 277 of those ballots, the voters were not registered in Shawnee County. The Election office did not know if any of these persons were on the Secretary of State's suspense list for failure to present necessary documentation. Based on feedback from poll workers, the Election Office speculates some voters are unaware they need to register first to be able to vote. 39 ballots, the voter had moved but failed to complete the registration card. 35 ballots, the voter did not provide ID at the polls or by the deadline prior to the canvass. 33 ballots, the voter did not provide proof of citizenship prior to the deadline before the canvass. The canvass did not reveal if persons who failed to present required documentation at the polls just did not bring it with them or if they lacked the necessary documentation. I mentioned the top four reasons ballots were not counted so the number does not add up to 371.
    The number of ballots Counted to Not Counted is 1005 to 371=1376. 73% of provisional ballots were counted to 27% not counted. More work needs to be done to educate people about the vote and to advocate changes to unnecessary voting restrictions. The goal is to have fewer voters cast provisional ballots at an elecetion.

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Making Voting Harder Is a Time-Honored American Tradition: Understanding Oregon's new voter registration law and how big of a departure it is. by Seth Masket, 3-23-2015

News: How school finance deal raced through Legislature, an article by Jonathan Shorman, The Topeka Capital-Journal, 3-17-2015

Dolores Furtado, Immediate Past President of the League of Women Voters of Kansas, draws attention to a petition to expand Medicaid in Kansas. If you support Medicaid Expansion, click on the link and sign the petition. The Governor needs to hear from voters who support Medicaid expansion.
—A hearing in committee is scheduled on Medicaid Expansion, date and time TBA. Dolores will testify at the Legislature on behalf of the League of Women Voters in support of Medicaid Expansion. 3-9-2015

Sunshine Week: March 15-21, 2015
Join in the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information. Visit the Sunshine Week website for details on what has been planned for this year's celebration. 3-1-2015

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

Kansas Tax Shortfall Debate:

National editorial:
Kansas' Ruinous Tax Cuts, by The Editorial Board, in the NYTimes, 7-13-2014

Read front page coverage:
"Expert forecast: Kansas will be in the red within a year without changes," by Andy Marso, and also "Brownback budget director questions Goossen's record," by Andy Marso, in The Topeka Capital-Journal, 6-5-2014

Other Issues in the News:

"U.S. States with Higher Minimum Wages Gain Jobs," Associated Press, by Chistopher S. Rugaberl, 8-19-2014

"In States Where It's Wanted, Obamacare is Working Well," Huffington Post, by Jeffrey Young, 8-5-2014

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