While living in Wyandotte County and working with several social service agencies, Beth became aware of the widespread poverty in KCK. She wanted to help these citizens have a stronger voice in public policy. Living near Wyandotte High School, she also wanted to make sure students there were given an opportunity to register to vote. She thought the League—with its nonpartisan stance and good reputation—could help solve voting problems for many individuals.
Beth thinks LWVJoCo could focus on enacting same-day voter registration in Kansas. Also, Hispanic and other immigrant and underrepresented citizens get hit-or-miss information about registration and voting. The result is that they are less likely to participate in elections.
During this last election season, Beth became a roving voting advocate in her neighborhood. First, she registered voters at a card table outside of the El Rio Bravo Supermarket in KCK for three days. Then, she provided information and rides to the polls for several neighbors. Read more...