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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.


August 21. Potluck! Candidates! The League and the Voter Education Coalition will cosponsor a pot-luck outdoor event from 5-8 pm at the Centennial Park East Shelter House to meet as many candidates as we can. The main dish will be provided, but we welcome donations of appetizers, vegetables, desserts, and more. A feature of the program is a "speed dating" round with several candidates at different tables. All are welcome, so please bring a friend. We would appreciate an RSVP by Sunday, August 17, to For more information, visit our calendar. To learn more about the VEC, please visit their Facebook page.

August 18. The Kansas Legislative Research Department 2014 Legislative Highlights was released on July 15. You can download the document as a pdf here.

July 9. The League applauds Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew's Office for offering to help pay the cost of documentation required for newly registered voters who cannot afford it themselves. Read more about this in the Lawrence Journal-World here. Visit the County Clerk's Voting & Elections page.

March 11. Laura D. Routh named 2014 Recipient of the Helen Fluker Open and Accessible Government Award by the LWV L-DC. The Lawrence-Douglas County League of Women Voters has selected Laura D. Routh to receive the 2014 Helen Fluker Open and Accessible Government Award.

2014 Fluker Award recipient Laura Routh (L) with LWV LDC Co-President Cille King (R)

2014 Fluker Award recipient Laura Routh (L) with LWV L-DC Co-President Cille King (R)

Read an announcement in the Lawrence Journal-World here.

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

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).

Celebration of the 93rd Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

More than forty League members joined co-sponsors and guests on Saturday, August 24, to celebrate the 93rd anniversary of adding the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Speakers included State Senator Marci Francisco, County Clerk Jamie Shew, MadreLawrence's Leslie Soden, and League co-president David Burress. Their messages honored past achievements in national and Kansas history while emphasizing present-day challenges to voting rights, especially in Kansas.

The program included a dramatic reading of selections from Elizabeth Cady Stanton's "Declaration of Sentiments," adopted in 1848 at the Seneca Falls Convention. Christine Smith, Lee Ketzel, Laura Routh, and Marjorie Cole participated. In addition, Marlene Merrill and members of the Lawrence Civic Choir, assisted by singer and guitarist Lilly Mason, led group singing of suffrage songs set to familiar tunes.

Co-sponsors with the League were the Douglas County Older Women's League, MadreLawrence, Lawrence NOW, and Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice. Watch for the September Voter's more detailed report.

Read a story about the celebration in the Lawrence Journal-World.

League Co-President Cille King reads Lawrence Mayor Michael Dever's proclamation in honor of National Women's Day

Office of the Mayor


Lawrence, Kansas

WHEREAS: The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified on August 18, 1920, which granted American women the right to vote; and

WHEREAS: Seventy-two years after the Seneca Falls Convention, the 19th Amendment finalized women's right to vote, one of the last barriers to women's enfranchisement in the United States, and empowered women to allow their voices to be heard through the political process; and

WHEREAS: Today, ninety-three years after the ratification of the 19th Amendment, women are making a difference in our local, state, and national elections by ensuring that their votes are cast to effect change at all levels of government;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Michael Dever, Mayor of the City of Lawrence, Kansas, do hereby recognize the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and celebrate the women who worked tirelessly to advance the causes of justice, opportunity, and prosperity for all Americans, regardless of gender.

Michael Dever, Mayor

August 20, 2013

League Membership Chairman Margaret Arnold introduces the event, thanking members of co-sponsoring Older Women's League, MadreLawrence, National Organization for Women, and Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice for their collaboration

League member and Kansas State Senator Marci Francisco addresses the audience, encouraging her listeners to believe they can continue to meet voter needs

The audience listens intently to a featured speaker

Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew reminds us of historical gains and setbacks, encouraging energetic voter registration

League board member Marlene Merrill, accompanied by Lilly Mason (right with guitar) and members of the Lawrence Civic Choir, leads group singing of suffrage songs to familiar tunes

League Co-President David Burress explains men's roles in Kansas suffrage history

Download a copy of David's remarks [pdf].

Leslie Soden of MadreLawrence invites the audience to campaign locally

Download a copy of Leslie's remarks [pdf].

LWV L-DC Voter Service Chair Ruth Gibbs is ready to register voters and share information

Annual Meeting 2013

Fifty-two members and two guests attended our 2013 Annual Meeting, held April 20th at the Smith Center at Brandon Woods. Our featured speaker, Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger , told us about the Health Insurance Marketplace (Exchange) in Kansas, including what is in effect now and what goes into effect in 2014, and other aspects of implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Kansas. (Download Commissioner Praeger's presentation.)

New officers and directors elected at Annual meeting include David Burress (Co-President), Cille King (Co-President and President Elect), Marci Francisco (Vice President), Marjorie Cole (Treasurer), Caleb Morse (Secretary), Caroljean Brune, Scott Criqui, James Dunn, Ruth Gibbs, and Midge Grinstead, Directors, and Sharon Brow, Bonnie Dunham, and Kay Hale, Nominating Committee. Continuing in the second year of a two-term term as Directors are Margaret Arnold and Marlene Merrill. Photos soon to follow!