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June, 2016, Kansas Voter Suspension List
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Kobach Proposes New Regulation

Secretary of State Kris Kobach has proposed a new administrative regulation that would cancel any incomplete voter registration 90 days after the application was received in the county election office. 

League President Camille Nohe submitted the following comment to Mr. Kobach concerning the negative effect of this proposed regulation:

August 28, 2015

Dear Secretary of State Kris Kobach,

As president of the League of Women Voters of Topeka and Shawnee County, I have reviewed the proposed Kansas administrative regulation 7-23-15 and must register my disapproval of it.

While it appears to innocuously allow persons 90 days to complete their voter registration (if complete documentation is not presented at the time of registering), the effect would be to totally cloak the actual number of persons on the suspension list. Thus, this regulation would result in masking actual large numbers of people who attempted to register to vote, but were not successful.  This actual number, currently around 30,000-plus, is of critical interest to those of us who track the voter registration efforts of thousands of Kansans.

For this reason, I urge you not to adopt this regulation.

Camille Nohe, President
League of Women Voters of Topeka and Shawnee County

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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Kansas television stations are being urged to consider running these 15-second spots promoting voting in Kansas elections. The Eleanor Roosevelt spot is already being broadcast on KTWU Public TV, Channel 11, and we're hoping KTWU and other stations will soon be running all three spots. Watch all three here:
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Eleanor Roosevelt
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Margaret Mead
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New Case filed on Voting rights
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"ACLU Sues Kansas Over Dual Voter Registreation System"
"ACLU Sues..."ABC News, Wichita

Editorial: Another victory for voting rights in Kansas. Kobach's concerns about voter registration are hollow. Topeka Capital-Journal,, 6-16-2016

"10th Circuit: Kansas can't block voters from casting ballots," by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press, 6-10-2016

NPR/KPR audio report:

"Analysis: How 'lost souls' could alter elections in Kansas:Activists push purged voters to wield their electoral power," by Justin Wingerter, Topeka Capital-Journal, 5-21-2016

On May 20, 2016, it was announced that voter registrations at the Kansas Department of Motor Vehicles, both prior to that day and henceforth, will be checked against DMV documents. Persons registering to vote at the DMV will no longer be put on suspense lists and purged if the DMV has matching documents to support their citizenship. It is our understanding that those registering to vote elsewhere will still be required to produce documentary proof of citizenship. We will notify members if we receive further information. 5-21-2016

"Voting Gets Harder in Kansas," by The Editorial Board, New York Times, 4-30-2016

Local League releases Economic Development Report. [.DOC format] After nearly two years of work by a nine-person study group, the Topeka-Shawnee County League of Women Voters’ 150-plus members have approved a detailed series of recommendations to city and county government that will improve outcomes of the Joint Economic Development Organization’s use of taxpayer dollars. 4-7-2016

On March 17, the League of Women Voters of Kansas (LWVK or the League) joined a federal class action complaint against Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan. Read our LWVK Joins Lawsuit news release [.DOC format] 4-7-2016

YouTube VideoYour Right to Vote; Kansas Campus Initiative

This video gives detailed instructions on how to register to vote in the state of Kansas. This is to be used in the classroom and beyond. For the full teaching module please contact (11 minutes + 15 seconds)
Membership Grows!
Although Kris Kobach alleged “The League of Women voters is communist,” it has not kept people from sending in their applications for membership. We have grown twelve members in the months of February and March. We welcomed the following new and reinstated members: Jack McGinnis, Ginger Park, Jeanne Vawter, Linda Holmquist, Norm Klocke, Christine and Charles Steinkuehler, Rita Burns, Neysa Thomas, Mary Snyder, and Bonnie Walker. We are sorrowful to hear of two lifelong members, Nancy Kindling and Dr. Joe Sargent, passing.

Our visitor register reflects a growing interest in our Tuesday Topics. The February meeting logged 45 visitors. We signed in 10 visitors at our March meeting. Carrie Lancaster, membership chair, is optimistic that we will see more growth during this critical election year!

Pine Ridge School Updates

"Judge: Kobach had no authority to encumber voting in Kansas," by Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press. 1-16-2016
[Read the full decision entered by Judge Theis on the Kobach case.]

"League of Women Voters keeps close eye on imcomplete voter registrations," by Celia Llopis-Jepsen, Topeka Capital-Journal. 12-29-2015
“Vote: LWV Kansas Campus Initiative”
by Justin Wingerter, Topeka Capital-Journal, 12-16-2015
“Community Health Center operations transition planned.” Read news release. [.PDF format] 11-16-2015
Art is an Invitation to Activism / Verse Two: Four Women PoetsView wrap-up
"Kris Kobach says voter registrations without 'proof of citizenship' need to go," by Edward M. Eveld, The Kansas City Star, 8/30/2015
Happy 95th Birthday to the 19th Amendment8-18-2015,
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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

One-Third Of Congressional Districts Could Be Affected By Supreme Court Ruling
by Jessica Taylor, NPR
  A Supreme Court ruling expected Monday could dramatically remake the partisan makeup of the next Congress ahead of the 2016 elections. June 28, 2015

Kansas' experiment in concentrated conservatism keeps getting grimmer, by Scott Lemieux, in The Week, 4/24/2015

Supply-Side Doom in Kansas, by Barry Ritholtz, BoombergView, 4/17/2015

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

Oregon is first to adopt automatic voter registration, by Sheila V. Kumar, The Associated Press, 3/17/2015

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

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

Kobach voter-fraud allegations exposed as fraudulent, by Steve Benen, MSNBC, 2/10/2015

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