We had another busy month until the registration cut off on October 16th. We had a total of 167 new registrations, 9 new online registrations, 7 advance ballots and 32 address changes. We held 16 events, one was a rainout at the Lawrence Farmer’s Market and another did not produce anything but goodwill.
We had two successful naturalization ceremonies, one at the Dole Center on Sept 28, with 49 new registrations, and one at Lied Center on October 25 yielding 185 applications. We had new citizen voter registration applications from the following Kansas counties: Dickinson -1, Douglas – 7, Geary -9, Johnson – 4, Leavenworth – 1, Lyon - 2, Nemaha -1, Riley - 11, Shawnee – 12 with one out of state registration from Florida.
We are never quite sure of our staffing needs at one of these events, so we appreciate those who show up when called even if the event can be conducted with fewer volunteers. The Lied Center events are much larger – The October 25th event, coordinated by Melissa Wick, welcomed 347 new citizens from 65 countries. Lois Orth-Lopes again coordinated the voter registration form handout in the audience prior to the ceremony. An insight for next time, after the coordinator gives the LWV welcome and presentation just before the ceremony, is to have a number of volunteers stationed with forms as there was a large call for registration forms just after the coordinator spoke. We had applications from 11 Kansas counties: Johnson – 108, Leavenworth – 2, Wyandotte – 42, Lyon -2, Douglas – 10, Shawnee – 7, Atchison – 1, Riley – 5, Geary – 3, Osage – 1, Dickinson – 1 plus 3 out of state registrations, Texas, Missouri and New York. I will let everyone know when the next Naturalization events are scheduled.
Altogether, a very vibrant registration “season” and looking forward to continuing our relationships with existing public institutions and private multi- residential units as well as any place, public or private who wish to have the LWV-LDC hold a voter registration event.