Making Democracy Work

Because democracy is not a spectator sport!

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. We influence public policy through education and advocacy.

The latest issue of The VOTER.

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WHAT'S NEW?


May 6. Read LWVK Observer Paul Johnson's latest report on the 2016 session of the Kansas Legislature here.

April 25. We have posted updated information to help the 609 Douglas County voters still on the the Kansas Secretary of State's "Suspense List" complete their registrations. To find out the suspense list and learn how to complete your registration, visit our elections page.

April 22. Read the presentation David Burress planned to present regarding the LWV L-DC Economic Development Study at our 2016 Annual Meeting here.

March 30. If you missed our March Hot Topic, with Douglas County Administrator Craig Weinaug and Assistant City Attorney Maria Kaminska Garcia discussing Guns in County Buildings, or would just like see it again, you can now view it on YouTube.

March 7. Expanding earlier studies of governmental secrecy in Douglas County, League member Alan Cowles has investigated the use of closed meetings by governing bodies statewide. You can find his most recent (2016) summary and the full report on our LWV L-DC Reports and Minutes page.

February 23. Read a nice editorial in support of League in today's Lawrence Journal-World defending League here.

League members hard at work registering voters at a recent event.


February 23. If you missed our February Hot Topic with guest speakers Erica Hunter, Kansas DCF, and Diana Frederick, CASA, or just want to watch it again, you can watch it here. A big thank you to Cal Butcher, Director, Media Crossroads, KU William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications, and his students.

December 28. Read more coverage of League's efforts to register area high school students to vote in today's Lawrence Journal-World here.

December 9. Our November Hot Topic meeting (The Pros and Cons of Local Tax Abatements) is now on YouTube!

November 29. Read coverage of League's efforts to register area high school students to vote in today's Lawrence Journal-World here.

November 20. Read coverage of our November Hot Topic meeting on "The Pros and Cons of Tax Abatements" in today's Lawrence Journal-World here.

October 28. A plan by the League and several state universities to offer a short course aimed at educating college students about voter registration in Kansas is getting a lot of coverage this week. Read a story about the initiative in the Wichita Eagle here, and an editorial supporting our efforts in the Lawrence Journal-World here.

October 27. Our October Hot Topic meeting (Same Sex Marriage is legal, So now what?) featured attorney David J. Brown, who has represented same sex couples in legal actions challenging discriminatory Kansas laws. You can view David's presentation on YouTube.

October 16. Read a story in the Lawrence Journal-World about League's efforts to register voters here and an editorial praising League's efforts here!

October 3. Video of our September 24 Hot Topics program, Planned Parenthood: Myths, Facts, and the Fight for Kansas Women, has been posted on YouTube. It's a riveting program, packed with information. Did you know that 90% of the visits to Planned Parenthood are for services other than abortion? Yet, men and women seeking medical care have to go pass a 100 or more protesters to enter the building.

June 9. View recent League events on YouTube!
View the May 21 Brown Bag presentation by Craig Weinaug on overcrowding in the county jail and the need for expanded mental health care facilities here.
View the June 3 Legislative Update by League Observer Paul Johnson with questions and comments from Senator Marci Francisco and Representatives Barbara Ballard and Dennis "Boog" Highberger here. (Q & A starts at about minute 46.)


April 11. 24 members and one guest attended our Annual Meeting. We heard about the upcoming LWVK State Convention, progress in our ongoing study of Local Economic Development, and the "Gut-N-Go" tactic of legislation. During our business meeting, we adopted a budget for the 2015+2016 League year and elected President Debra Duncan; Vice-President Cille King; Secretary Jeanne Mann (first year of a two-year term); Directors Margaret Arnold, marci francisco, Janice Friedman, Midge Grinstead, Carol Klinknett, Marlene Merrill, and Melissa Wick (each first year of a two-year term); and Nominating Committee, Mary Lou Wright (Chairperson), Sharon Brown, and James Dunn. Continuing on the Board are Treasurer Marjorie Cole and Director Austin Turney.

Your newly elected LWV L+DC Officers and Board of Directors (left to right) are: Mar-jorie Cole (Treas), Marlene Merrill, Carol Klinknett, Melissa Wick, Midge Grinstead, Cille King (Vice Pres), Debra Duncan (Pres), Janice Friedman, marci francisco, and Austin Turney. Not pictured: Margaret Arnold, Jeanne Mann (Secr).

Ruthi Rapp selected to receive 2016 Helen Fluker Award

March 10. The Lawrence-Douglas County League of Women Voters selected Ruthi Rapp to receive the 2016 Helen Fluker Open and Accessible Government Award. The Fluker Award honors a Douglas County resident who shows leadership in promoting citizen participation in government. Ms. Rapp is recognized for her community leadership in promoting improvement in government through her work with the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence encouraging and facilitating Kids Voting Kansas.
She was honored at the Fluker Award Luncheon on Saturday, March 19.

Ms. Rapp has volunteered for Kids Voting Kansas for many years, acting as the sole liaison to bring the education program into all 14 Boys & Girls Club locations in Lawrence. She has increased youth participation in Kids Voting Kansas to 6,723 by exposing youth to the experience of participating in the democratic process.

Ms. Rapp worked with the Boys & Girls Club staff to implement citizenship curriculum and activities leading up to voting day. She put together age-appropriate activity notebooks for each site that can be used for many years. As a result of her efforts, more youth in Lawrence are growing up as informed citizens who will now have the tools needed to participate actively in local and national government upon reaching adulthood. Mr. Rapp's impact on future citizen participation is immeasurable.

League in the news: Recent articles and letters to the Lawrence Journal-Word from League members

League member David Burress, Flawed logic (1 March 2015).

League member Bill Getz, Albatross? (8 January 2015).

League members Lawrence and Lynne Bodle, Bad Idea (2 December 2014).

League member David Burress, Historical Parallel (25 November 2014).

League member George M. Brenner, Disappointed (8 November 2014).

League member J. Mike Pryor, Out of Mideast (7 November 2014).

League member Robert A. Duver, Law of the Land (25 October 2014).

League member Ann Carlin Ozegovic, Women on a Mission (23 October 2014).

League member Lauralyn Bodle was profiled as one of the winners of the 2014 Phoenix Awards in Rise and shine: 2014 Phoenix Award winners promote arts, inclusivity (11 October 2014).

League member David Burress, Smart Business (11 October 2014).

League member Laura Routh, Tax process (21 September 2014).

KU journalism student and League summer volunteer, Kaitlyn Klein, Primary vote (5 July 2014).

League member David Burress, Shared facility (24 June 2014).

League members Donna and Forrest Swall, Student debt (14 June 2014).

League President Cille King, New voters (24 May 2014).

League member David Burress, Bikes, sidewalks (22 May 2014).

League members Donna and Forrest Swall, Immoral action (28 April 2014).

LWVK President Dolores Furtado, Due process (8 April 2014)

League members Donna and Forrest Swall, Suppressed vote (26 March 2014).

League member Midge Grinstead, Animal welfare (14 Mar 2014).

League Co-President David Burress, Patent policy (6 Mar 2014)

League member Caroljean Brune, Wasteful spending (21 Feb 2014).

League member Scott Criqui, Disheartening bill (15 Feb 2014).

League member Marilyn Roy, Rental issues (4 Feb 2014).

League Co-President David Burress, Court system (3 Feb 2014).

League Co-President David Burress, Spreading stores (23 Jan 2014).

League member Melinda Henderson, Insurance boon (4 January 2014).

The League's effort to register Douglas County voters in suspense was profiled in Volunteers working with Douglas County to help would-be voters get registered (25 November 2013).

League member Marilyn Roy, Money talks (5 November 2013).

League Co-Presidents David Burress and Cille King, Real insurance (2 November 2013).

Lawrence resident Annie Reed, League lauded (2 October 2013).

League board member Caroljean Brune was profiled in Longtime Lawrence activist recalls 1972 fight for women's rights (29 September 2013).

League Co-Presidents David Burress and Cille King, Voting rights (25 September 2013).

Letter from Cille King, ACA misperceptions (25 June 2013).

Column by Charles Stansifer, Opinion: Retired professor examines foreign policy columns (12 June 2013).

Letter from Sarah Casad, Food stamps vital (10 June 2013).

Letter from Forrest Swall, Sinking state (7 June 2013).

Letter from Patrick Wilbur, Gun fears unfounded (5 June 2013).

Letter from Marilyn Roy, Downtown demise (31 May 2013).

Annual Meeting 2015

Summary of Business Transactions. During the business meeting, the membership:

  • Adopted a budget for the 2015+2016 League year.

  • Elected President Debra Duncan; Vice-President Cille King; Secretary Jeanne Mann (first year of a two-year term); Directors Margaret Arnold, marci francisco, Janice Friedman, Midge Grinstead, Carol Klinknett, Marlene Merrill, and Melissa Wick (each first year of a two-year term); and Nominating Committee, Mary Lou Wright (Chairperson), Sharon Brown, and James Dunn. Continuing on the Board are Treasurer Marjorie Cole and Director Austin Turney. There were no nominees for the other President Elect and one vacant seat on the Board of Directors. Two board members will be appointed to the nominating committee by the board of directors at a later date.

Minutes of the meeting may be found on our reports and minutes page.