This past month has been very eventful, and will continue to be busy for us as we ramp up to the October 16th registration deadline. Our collaboration with the KU student community continues to develop; Amy Schumacher-Rutherford addressed the last board meeting to discuss her involvement with the Skimm’s No Excuses campaign and other outreach efforts, and we joined our September Drinks & Democracy with their Party to the Polls event at the Oread on National Voter Registration Day. We expect more involvement from our nascent KU branch in the near future (including our next board meeting!)
Our candidate forum and potluck was tremendously well-attended by both candidates and civilians - see the write-up in the Journal-World if you were unable to make it. Thanks to all who helped out with food, supplies, or organization; we couldn’t have done it without you!
The Voter Education Coalition, in which the League participates, is planning another Candidate Forum on Sunday Oct 7, 1:30pm at the City Council chambers. We will host Kansas Legislative Candidates from Districts 42 - Jim Karleskint and Thea Perry, and 45- Mike Amyx and Cynthia Smith. There will also be a presentation from Douglas County about the proposed sales tax increase. (Check out the video)
Please plan to attend the next Hot Topic on Oct 18 11:30-2:00pm at the Library. We will be showing the movie “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.” Investigative reporter, Greg Palast, covers voter suppression throughout the country and includes in-depth research of Kansas' flawed and unsecured Interstate Crosscheck program. By the time you read this, League Day in Wichita may have come and gone. If so, we hope that you were there and had a great time!
One thing you can still do is help prepare voters for the coming election, whether by registering, informing, or arranging transportation. Please reach out to Melissa Wick or your co-presidents if you are not already receiving emails and would like to volunteer.
Whatever you do, we hope you’re enjoying some fall weather (at last), and that you’ve checked your own voter registration!
Until next month!