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Judge Robinson to Speak at Annual Meeting

Join us Saturday, March 7, as we celebrate empowered women. Our featured speaker is Judge Julie A. Robinson, the first African American named to the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. She will share insights from her distinguished career breaking barriers and forging a path to leadership.

In 2018, Judge Robinson presided over the Fish v. Kobach case and permanently blocked a Kansas law requiring voters to prove their citizenship before registering to vote. She received the Distinguished Public Service Award from Baker University and the Distinguished Service Award from the Kansas Bar Association.

8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast (If you reserved your spot by Feb. 28, pay $5 at the event)

9:15 a.m. “Empowering Women to Lead” featuring U.S. District Court Judge Julie A. Robinson

10 a.m. LWVJoCo annual meeting (voting on 2020-2021 officers and budget, 501(c)(3) status)

Reservations for the breakfast closed on Feb. 28. Questions? Contact membership@lwvjoco.org

Judge Robinson’s presentation is free and open to the public.

President's Update

Yes, Your Vote Counts on March 7!

LWVJoCo members will vote on five items at our annual meeting on March 7. Here is an overview and links to each item.

Two items concern applying for IRS 501(c)(3) status. Benefits of that status include:

  • Donations and dues are tax-deductible
  • Almost all foundations and corporate donors require applicants to be 501(c)(3)
  • Advocacy is unlimited; lobbying is limited per IRS rules

IRS requires members to approve required verbiage in the proposed amended articles of incorporation and amended bylaws. Additionally, we’ll consider a bylaws housekeeping item for Article XII, allowing bylaws to be amended at meetings other than an
annual meeting.

Two other votes deal with increasing dues and the annual budget. Why a proposed dues increase? We pay 83% of all dues received to the state and national LWVs. That leaves us a take-home pay of about $11,000/year. The Budget Committee and your board propose that when our new fiscal year starts in April 2020:

  • Individual membership/year increase $10, from $60 to $70. (The amount LwVJoCo could keep would increase from $10 to $20.)
  • A second, household membership/year would increase $5, from $30 to $35. (The amount LWVJoCo could keep would increase from $5 to $10.)

The proposed dues increases would add new income of $3200, resulting in a balanced budget for FY2020-2021. For details, see both the proposed budget and its budget narrative.

The final vote will be the proposed slate of officers and directors. 

Questions, concerns? Just let me know.

Ellen Miller, LWVJoCo president

ellen3147@gmail.com; 913-894-5232

Kansas 2020 Presidential Primary/Caucus


The Kansas Republican Party has chosen to NOT hold a presidential primary or caucus, and all delegate votes will go to Pres. Trump.

The Libertarian Party will choose its presidential nominee at the 2020 Libertarian National Convention in Austin, Texas, May 21-25, 2020

The Kansas Democratic Presidential Primary will be held on May 2, 2020.

It will be a ranked-choice primary run by the Democratic Party. All who are registered as Democrats by MARCH 9, 2020, will receive the information about requesting a mailed ballot, and in-person voting locations for the May 2 election.

Voters need to be registered as a Democrat to vote in the Democratic primary. Register and/or update your voter registration at ksvotes.org

Key Democratic Party Presidential Primary Dates

  • February 28 – Party registration deadline to automatically receive a ballot in the mail. (If you are a registered Democrat by Feb. 28, you’ll automatically receive a ballot in the mail.)
  • March 9 – Information on mail-in ballots and voting centers available on Kansas Democratic Party website, Facebook page and via email.
  • March 30 – Mail-in ballot delivery begins.
  • April 17 – Last day to apply for a mail-in ballot: info@kansasdems.org.
  • April 24 – Postmark deadline for returning completed mail-in ballots.
  • May 2 – 10 am to 4 pm – In-person voting. Each senate district will have at least one voting center where voters can drop off mail-in ballots or register to vote and cast a paper ballot.

More details

  • Before mailed ballots are sent, confirmation of Democrat Party affiliation will be made through Kansas database.
  • The primary will employ Ranked Choice Voting, which gives voters the option to rank candidates in order of choice up to five candidates.
  • Photo ID requirements are the same as the current Kansas voter photo ID requirement.
  • Military and overseas voting is available through absentee voting.
  • All 17-year-olds are eligible to participate if they will be 18 by Nov. 3, 2020.
  • For more information, see  https://kansasdems.org/2020primary


2020 Census: What Everyone Needs to Know

The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. Census statistics help determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and how billions of dollars in federal funds are allocated to state and local communities for the next 10 years.

Get the details.

The 2020 Census is our opportunity to shape the future.


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Your source for opportunities to help Make Democracy Work! We need YOU.

Kansas State Fair

The LWV Kansas requests volunteers for the booth at the Kansas State Fair, September 11-20.

Help fairgoers celebrate 100 years of the right to vote for all citizens. Share suffrage and League history, register voters, and encourage voter participation by providing information on the importance of voting.

Contact Ann Zimmerman of the Salina League at ann@annzimmerman.com or 785-825-7135.

Volunteers must pay their own expenses for travel, lodging and meals.

Read the description from LWVKS.

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Thank You to everyone who has already subscribed. When we have at least 100 subscribers (requirement recently changed from 50), we can customize our URL, which will make it easier for others to find us. Go to our YouTube channel and click the subscribe button.

NextGen Leaguers Target Millennials

A small group of our younger League members is discussing ways to reach out to voters in their 20s and 30s. If you are in this target demographic and are interested in getting your peers to the polls, contact Amber Stenger at amberstenger@gmail.com.

Souls to the Polls KCK

The next planning meeting for our voter outreach efforts in Wyandotte County will be 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 at St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kansas. Currently, more than 25 faith-based and community organizations comprise Souls to the Polls KCK. Join us at the March meeting if you are interested in taking part.

Upcoming Legislative Coffees

Find out what’s brewing in the Kansas Legislature for 2020!

The Johnson County Library and LWVJoCo invite current Kansas legislators to a Saturday morning coffee to inform residents about legislative actions in Topeka. Legislators will discuss their committee assignments, current bills and upcoming legislation. Coffee and donuts provided.

Johnson County Legislative Coffees (All start at 10 a.m.)

March 14: Monticello Library, 22435 W. 66th Street. Shawnee, KS

Sen. Barbara Bollier; Rep Tom Cox

March 28: Gardner Library, 137 E. Shawnee St., Gardner, KS

Sens. Molly Baumgardner, Julie Lynn; Rep John Resman

April 11: Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th Street, Overland Park, KS

Sens. Barbara Bollier, John Skubal; Reps.Jan Kessinger, Nancy Lusk

Wyandotte County Legislative Coffees

Current Kansas legislators are invited to share info about legislative actions in Topeka, Senators and representatives will discuss their committee assignments, current bills and upcoming legislation. Coffee and donuts provided.

March 28: 

Main Library, 625 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, KS, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Senators Haley, Pettey and Braun.  Representatives Curtis, Winn, Wolfe-Moore and Frownfelter.

Bonner Springs Library, 201 Nettleton Ave., Bonner Springs, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Senator Braun.  Representative Borroughs.

Virginia has become the 38th state to ratify the

Equal Rights Amendment.

Check out this LWVUS blog post to learn more about the next steps for the amendment.

Landa Williams

Sheri Hays

Angela Schweller

Carrie Cohn

Judith Frazier

Katie Rea

Karen MacGee

Susan Hangauer

Karen Shelor Sexton

Benita Carter

Tandy Wood

Cindy Shriver

Stacie Schirk

Lisa Crough

Brandy Seidel

Christy Dorn

Anne Shields and Brian Shields

Tracey Kahle 

Heidi Matthews


Need to renew your membership? Renewing is fast and simple.   

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Observer Corps

Catch up on the actions, decisions and proposals of our local public officials. 

Read summaries by League members who attend several public meetings in our area.

This month, highlights include:

  • The Prairie Village City Council held a special meeting to see and discuss the results of the market survey regarding a potential community center/library/YMCA in the city.
  • The Board of County Commissioners passed a motion to hold the federally required comment period before implementing adjustments to fixed routes in the public transit system.
  • The Lenexa City Council heard an update on the Public Market in Lenexa’s City Center. 

Board and Committee Updates

  •  A big thank-you to Donna Lauffer and the Centennial Celebration Committee for making our 100th anniversary such a memorable and successful celebration. Nearly 500 people attended the event at Yardley Hall on Feb. 29. The committee included Dolores Furtado. Janis Mcmillen, Susan Horst, Candy Birch, Mimi Rainen, Julie Rainen, Caryn Rains, MaryLou Jaramillo, Marie Hernandez, Jodie Dietz, Ellen Porter, Amber Sellers, Joan Cabell, Royceann Mather, Nancy Gatz, Betzaid Imperiale and Julie Miguel. It really sets the stage for our next 100 years! Look for more details about the event in the April VOTER.
  • The Women Power the Vote Day of Action at the Capitol was part of the LWV/LWVK People Powered Fair Maps Day of Action 2020 Attendees(PPFM) campaign. The aim was to energize membership and bring attention to LWV 2020 actions. LWVJoCo was represented by organizers Karin Leacox and Ann Norbury, along with 22 other attendees. Resolutions recognizing the 100th Anniversary of LWV were made in the Senate and House. It was a great day!



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