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Presidential Update June 2020

Amber Stenger and Ellen Miller  | Published on 5/29/2020

Step By Step to the Starting Line

In-person meetings?No.Progress on many fronts?YES!

Here are a few of the ways LWVJoCo is moving forward:
  • Get Out the Vote (GOTV). Getting voters to cast their ballots remains LWVJoCo’s top priority this year. Voter Registration Co-chairs Deb Scott and Robyn Hart created three videos targeting youth and teachers. Members Ann Sanders, Beth Seberger and others continue to work with faith and civic groups in Wyandotte County to engage voters.

  • Partners. Working with the Kansas Coalition for Citizen Participation, members were urged to contact Secretary of State Scott Schwab about mail-in ballots (postage paid); election transparency; and safe, fair in-person voting.

  • Member input. Your ideas from the March survey helped inform DEI plans. Self-analysis tools, speakers and learning how to address bias in others ranked highly. Concerning GOTV, you gave highest marks to partnerships, connecting with teen/youth groups and sharing League information on your personal social media. However, only 44 of our 354 members responded, just 12%. Next time, please speak up. We’re listening!

  • Leadership changes. Heartfelt thanks to Ann Norbury, who has stepped down from the communications team and managing our weekly eblasts. Over the years, her many JoCo hats have included co-president (twice!), webmaster, merchandise coordinator, event coordinator and many more. She indeed goes “above and beyond” for League. Thank you!

  • Intern. On May 18, Baker University senior Hadley Kaff became our first-ever JoCo intern. Thanks goes to member Linda Seiner who connected Hadley with LWVJoCo. Hadley will work with Amber Stenger and several teams to help us GOTV.

  • Election commissioners. LWVJoCo leaders are working with theJohnsonand Wyandottecountyelection offices to see how we could help them make voting fair and accessible. We’ll keep you posted.

2020 is a critical election year. LWVJoCo is on the move. Read your e-blasts. Check The VOTER newsletter. Visit our website frequently to find out how you can help protect voter rights.