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Newsletter of the League of Women Voters of Johnson County, Kansas
May 2018

Vol. 69 Number 12

Everyday Activism: Small Efforts Create Big Change

Elizabeth Arnold, co-founder of Stand Up Blue Valley, will speak at our May meeting.

Elizabeth Arnold, co-founder of Stand Up Blue Valley

Join us at our annual breakfast and meeting as we celebrate the power of everyday activism. Our featured speaker, Elizabeth Arnold, will share how small, individual efforts can create big change. Elizabeth is one of the founders of Stand Up Blue Valley, a grassroots organization that informs residents about legislation affecting public schools and documents how elected officials are voting.

Saturday, May 5, at Atonement Lutheran Church 

8:30 a.m. Coffee
9:00 a.m. Breakfast buffet provided by Taylor Made Catering
9:30 a.m. Program

Event registration including breakfast buffet is $20. Reservations due by May 1

Register now

Immediately following the breakfast, members will vote on a budget and board members for 2018-2019.

2018-2019 LWVJoCo Slate of Officers

  • President: Ellen Miller (2018-2019)
  • Co-vice presidents: Marcia Manter and Marty Birch (2018-2019)
  • Treasurer: Anita Kaiser (2018-2020)
  • Directors: Communications, Amber Stenger (2018-2020); Voter Services, Julie Lester and Becky White (2018-2020)
    Nominating Committee for 2018-2019: Kathy Minges and Eileen Manza, co-chairs; Lorene Miller

Thanks to the nominating committee: Chair Ellen Miller, Christine Hutchins, Karin Leacox, Christine Caseras and Diane Kuhn

Several pieces of silver and turquoise jewelry.

Several pieces of fine jewelry will be featured in a silent auction during our May meeting.

Remember: Bring your checkbook/ cash to bid on pieces of contemporary jewelry during our May breakfast. All of the proceeds will go toward supporting our initiatives this year.


League volunteer and her grandson at a recent voter registration drive at Shawnee Mission South High School.

Voter services co-chair Mary Estrada with her newly registered grandson at Shawnee Mission South High School.

Voter Registration Efforts Continue

League members registered 621 new voters at area high schools this spring, thanks to Cathy Nix, Mary Estrada and all of our volunteers. The voter services team plans to be out in force this summer registering voters at festivals, farmers markets and other events throughout Johnson County.

In addition, Christine Hutchins, chair of the Naturalization Committee, helped us land a $1,200 grant from to support and expand LWVJoCo’s efforts at naturalization ceremonies.

Watch our website and Facebook page for opportunities to bring more people into our democratic process.

Thinking of changing your party affiliation?

As you know, Kansas voters receive ballots in primary elections based on their declared party affiliations.

 Voters registered as Republicans will vote a Republican ballot.

 Voters registered as Democrats will vote a Democratic ballot.

 Libertarian voters are not eligible to vote in the August Democratic or Republican primary for any candidate.  Libertarian voters are eligible to vote on non-partisan races and questions, if any.

 Unaffiliated voters may choose to affiliate with a party and vote a partisan ballot when they go to vote. Unaffiliated voters who do not wish to declare a party affiliation are eligible to vote on non-partisan races and questions, if any.

If you want to change your party affiliation for the August 7 primary, you need to update your voter registration information by completing a new voter registration application before June 1.

Other important election dates:

July 17: Deadline for voter registration

July 18: Advance voting by mail begins

July 23: Advance voting in person begins (six locations)

August 6: Advance voting ends

August 7: Primary Election


Just in Time for Mother’s Day: League Yard Signs and Car Magnets

We have lots of ways for you to show your League spirit. Yard signs are $10 each; car magnets are $5. Look for the merchandise table at the May 5 meeting or contact Ann Norbury.

Your Vote Matters yard sign

Remind your neighbors to vote. Pick up a yard sign at our next meeting.

Personalized, magnetic name tags are also available for $10 each. To order, contact Karin Leacox or sign up at the May 5 meeting.

Welcome, New Members

Five people joined LWVJoCo during April: Leslie Mark, Martie Ross, Deb Scott, Linda Hornbuckle and Sam Dworkin.

That makes 95 new members since July 1, bringing our total active membership to 285 people.

Not a member yet? Become one today. Everyone (including men!) age 16 and older can join.

Observer Corps

School safety, library openings and senior support services are among the many issues public officials discussed in meetings this month. Read summaries created by several League members who attend these public meetings regularly.

WANTED: Editor for the Newsletter

Do you have ideas on how to make this publication better? If so, we need you. To help with The VOTER newsletter, please contact Amber Stenger.

In Case You Missed It

Find out more about what the state League is doing.
U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson found Secretary of State Kris Kobach in contempt of court in the latest development of the Fish/League of Women Voters of Kansas v. Kobach case.

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