May was an active month for voter registrations. On May 4, Cille King, as co-president of the Kansas League of Women Voters, conducted an informational meeting in Chanute and garnered five new voter registrations with an additional three address changes.
We conducted our first Lawrence Farmer’s Market Voter Registration Drive on May 5, resulting in six new applications and nine address changes.
On May 17, we conducted a voter registration drive at the Lied Center after a Naturalization Ceremony for 308 new citizens. We were able to register 141 new citizens, complete with copies of their naturalization certificate. This is a huge event, with all registrations taken in less than an hour. Many volunteers brought their own copy machines, paper, clip boards and pens. We had volunteers pass out the registration forms in the auditorium prior to the ceremony. This worked extremely well. We had volunteers directing traffic to the first available open copy machine, with one volunteer copied the naturalization document while theother volunteer reviewed the application for completeness. All the while, volunteers were greeting and congratulating the new citizens. It is a very uplifting event, a favorite among volunteers.
The next Naturalization event is July 19, at the Lied Center. Please contact Melissa Wick to volunteer.