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Fannie Mandelbaum Honored by the League of Women Voters

 Fannie Mandelbaum   
Fannie Mandelbaum, Honorary Life Member of the League of Women Voters, was honored by family and friends November 1, 2014, at a celebration of her 100th birthday. Temple Beth Shalom was the site of the event. She turned 100 year old on November 3rd.
    The League of Women Voters of the United States inducted Fannie as an Honorary Life Member in April 2007. She received her Life Member pin and no longer has to pay membership dues. Until recent years, Fannie was very active in our League. She always attended Tuesday Topics, served on the Board of Directors and on several committees. At her birthday celebration, the League of Women Voter of Topeka Shawnee County presented Fannie with a certificate recognizing her long time commitment to and support of the League.

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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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.

See also:
"Analyst: Kansas leaders misrepresented research into cause of state tax revenue drop
," by Bryan Lowry, Eagle Topeka bureau, Wichita Eagle, 6-7-2014.

"Memo: Kansas revenue dip tied to state, federal tax policy Brownback official reject claims state tax cuts at fault," by Tim Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal, 6-10-14.

"Kansas revenue slips $28M below estimates in June," by Tim Carpenter, Topeka Capital-Journal, 6-30-14.

Other Issues in the News:

Appeal court questions proof-of-citizenship rules, Associated Press, by Nicholas Riccardi, 8-26-2014.

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

Steve and Cokie Roberts, Opinion: "Gerrymandering Stalls Congress," Herald-Standard, 8-17-2014.

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

Citizens Government Review Committee Report, City of Topeka, Kansas, May 20, 2014 [PDF download] June,2014.

City of Topeka, Fire Resource Allocation Study, 2014 [PDF download] June,2014

Citizens Government Review Committee Report, City of Topeka, Kansas, May 20, 2014 [PDF download] June,2014

City of Topeka, Fire Resource Allocation Study, 2014 [PDF download] June,2014

Bad Decision on Proof of Citizenship Will Hurt Voters, by Stephanie Drahan, LWV Press Release, 3-19-2014

Kansas, Arizona Prevail in Voter Citizenship Suit
ABC News [AP], 3/19/2014

Kansas Supreme Court: Public school funding unconstitutional
CBS News, 3/7/2014
—Article has link to the court's ruling

PBS Take: Everything You Need to Know About Voter ID Laws

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