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Our monthly newsletter, The VOTER, provides information on League programs and events, and updates on our advocacy efforts, among other topics.

Ginger Park, Communications Chair

Articles for the Voter are due the Friday after the monthly Board of Director’s meeting held on the second Tuesday of the month.


THE VOTER
March 2024

 

Calendar of Events

Tuesday Topics | March 5 | Noon | Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Zach Aherns, President & CEO, of the Capper Foundation will talk about the organization’s work and plans for the future in the library’s Marvin BC or attend by Zoom. You are welcome to purchase lunch from the Millennium Cafe and bring it into the meeting room. If you purchase lunch, we recommend you arrive at 11:15 a.m.

Upcoming Tuesday Topics

  • April 2 – LWVTSC Annual Meeting
  • May 7 Sherman Smith (rescheduled from January)

President’s Perspective

Don’t hesitate to be an advocate! It’s important you inform legislators about your position on proposed legislation. Give them your reason why you support or do not support proposed legislation. Advocacy can be done by phone call or email – or spend time in the Statehouse and make an appointment to meet with your legislator.

Read the full article

 

Topeka-Shawnee County LWV Day at the Capitol

Members recently spent a day at the Statehouse advocating for voting rights and Medicaid Expansion. We had appointments with each of the eight Shawnee County Representatives and three Senators. Our group was able to meet and advocate with them individually to discuss these two issues. Additionally, members observed the House and Senate general session proceedings.

If you wish to become more involved in advocacy for voting rights or other League legislative priorities, email us contact@lwvtsc.org. A Board member will contact you.

Read more Day at the Capitol summary

Kansas LWV Day at the Capitol

The League of Women Voters Kansas will host their annual League Day at the Capitol on March 11. The day will begin at 8:45 a.m. To register and learn more details refer to the LWVK website. There is no registration charge.

Presidential Primary Preference

Presidential Preference Primary dates to remember:

  • February 28 – Advance voting begins.
  • March 18 – In-person advance voting ceases at Noon
  • March 19 – Presidential Preference Primary election.  (Advance ballots submitted by mail must be received by the close of the polls.)

Policy Activities Continue

LWVTSC continues to work with a coalition that includes ACLU of Kansas, LoudLight, YWCA of NE Kansas and LWV toward expanding early voting locations in Topeka. We recently met with the Election Commissioner and are meeting with county commissioners.
 
A group of LWVTSC members visited with our senators and representatives and took part in Medicaid expansion activities on Feb 14. Another Medicaid Expansion Rally is planned for March 6.
 

See Documentary on Local Response to Climate Change

See dates and locations of Upcoming Showings.
 

 

 

Local Observer Reports

LWV observers keep you informed about what is happening in local government. The Local Observer Corps volunteers attend city, county and school board meetings and take notes. Read the March 2024 Observer Reports.

 

February Tuesday Topics Summary

At the February Tuesday Topics LWV Johnson County member and co-chair of the committee Richard Pund and LWVTSC member Vicki Arnett discussed alternative voting methods and the LWV proposed position. Feb Tuesday Topics Summary

Board Briefs

  • The budget for 2024-2025 is under development.
  • The Board voted to decline a grant from LWVUS for a spring youth voter education program due to limited interest from area high schools. We have strong support from schools for our fall program.
  • LWVK Day at the Capitol will be Monday, March 11 & LWVK Annual Convention will be April 27 in Lawrence.
  • We will send up to three members to training provided by the Kansas Leadership Center.

State League Action Alerts & Newsletter

Stay informed of State League of Women Voters articles & news.

 

2023-2024 Board of Directors

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