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Serving the people of Sedgwick County and the Wichita metro area

Our Mission:

Empowering voters. Defending democracy.

Our Vision:

We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge, and the confidence to participate.


The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization, open to both women and men, encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Our October Newsletter

We have lots of news to share. Read more.

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All members should be receiving our newsletter and are welcome to be included in our Facebook group, Wichita LWV Members.


Tallgrass Film Festival: Win, Lose or Draw Straws

October 18-25

For the first time since it started in 2003, Wichita’s Tallgrass Film Festival is going virtual. Our League is sponsoring a documentary film: Win, Lose or Draw Straws.

➡️ Watch the 2-minute trailer.

The film will be available for streaming October 18-25 at your convenience. You can buy a pass for this single film for $10 or $15 if you’d like to include a donation to Tallgrass. With a single-film pass you receive an access code. Once you’ve hit “play” for that film, you have 48 hours to stream it.


October Unit Meeting: What Awaits Us After the Election?

October 26, 6:30 p.m.

Our League’s October member meeting will be livestreamed through YouTube and Facebook. Patrick Miller, Ph.D., will speak about possible election outcomes. Dr. Miller is an associate professor of political science at the University of Kansas.

Dr. Miller, a specialist in American politics, conducts research on political psychology, public opinion, electoral behavior, political communication, and survey and experimental methods. His commentaries are published in newspapers across Kansas, including this piece, “Kansas Voters Must Protect Their Own Votes This Year,” in the Wichita Eagle on Sept. 16.

The livestream will pop up at bit.ly/LWVyoutube and on our Facebook page.

League member meetings (also called unit meetings) are open to the public. All are welcome.


Tuesday Topics: Confederate Monuments, Support and Protests

October 27, noon – 1 p.m.
Erecting monuments is one way Americans have commemorated significant historical figures and events. Recently, Confederate monuments have been the target of citizens who object to the values they portray as symbols of a racist past. Learn more about the claims made by those who wish to preserve these tributes, as well as those who strive to create a socially just environment for generations to come.

Registration is required. Call 261-8500 or register online. This program will be held online via Zoom. A link to the program will be sent to your inbox the day before and the day of the program.


Sedgwick County District Judges Forum on KPTS

Did you miss the Sedgwick County District Judges Forum? Stream it now on kpts.org.

These races will be on your ballot in Sedgwick County. Get to know the candidates before you vote.


Tuesday Topics: Dying with Dignity

Death with Dignity laws allow terminally ill patients who are mentally competent to request and receive medication that will hasten their death. Nine U.S. jurisdictions have passed Death with Dignity laws, and one state permits the practice by court order. Other states are considering passing a similar law. Watch the recorded program to learn more about how these laws are a benefit to those facing end-of-life issues, and why some citizens oppose such legislation.


September Unit Meeting: Criminal Justice

Our League’s September unit meeting was livestreamed on Sept. 28. Our speaker, Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay, shared a lot of important information. Watch the recording if you missed it.

Where to watch:
🔹 on YouTube
🔹 on Facebook

One of the reasons for the League’s political effectiveness is its reputation for thorough study before taking a policy position.
➡️ State League’s statement on Criminal Justice
➡️ Links to all of the position statements of the State League


LGBTQIA+ ID Rights

Watch the recording!
There are many legal steps involved when changing your name or gender identification markers on your Driver’s License or other forms of identification.

On August 29, 2020, we invited Tom Witt of Equality Kansas, Delaney Hiegert of The National Center for Lesbian Rights, Meredith Schnug of the KU Law School Legal Aid Clinic, and Ellen Bertels, J.D. Candidate at the University of Kansas Law School and Democracy Intern for the Brennan Center for Justice, for a virtual discussion.

Where to watch:
🔹 on YouTube
🔹 on Facebook

Sign language interpretation was provided during the discussion.


Importance of Rural Voting with Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers

Watch the recording!
Our online conversation with Lt. Gov. Rogers touched on lots of issues relevant to rural elections.

Where to watch:
🔹 on YouTube
🔹 on Facebook

Sign language interpretation was provided during the webcast. The recording includes Spanish and English captions.


Digital Democracy on Tap: Elections During COVID-19

Thank you to everyone who joined us. We reached at least 1,000 people for the live discussion and thousands more have watched the recording since then. Kudos to KMUW​’s Engage ICT​ for hosting an informative discussion on how the upcoming elections will continue in Sedgwick County amid the pandemic.

Watch the conversation now!
🔹 on Facebook
🔹 on EngageICT.org
🔹 on YouTube

Wichita Public Library created a list of further reading and resources on this topic. Download the PDF: bit.ly/ElectionsCOVIDreading

Panelists:
🔸 Kenya M. Cox, President, Kansas NAACP
🔸 Ron Heminway, incoming freshman, The University of Kansas
🔸 Danielle Johnson, Assistant Director, WSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion
🔸 Tabitha Lehman, Election Commissioner, Sedgwick County Government
🔸 Carole Neal, Voter Service Co-Chair, League of Women Voters – Wichita Metro


Yard Signs 

Wanting that perfect yard sign that encourages people to vote and promotes the League of Women Voters? The Metro Wichita League has you covered!

We have yard signs available today. (We’ve already sold all of the face masks we ordered.) We are asking for a donation of at least $10 each. Reach out to Leanne Ralston Chase at 316-650-8463 or lrc4620@aol.com if you are interested or have questions. Leanne would be happy to arrange a meet up or porch drop.


Check out our complete calendar.


Have you renewed your membership?

LWV Wichita-Metro’s dues year is from July 1 to June 30. Renew here.

What does the League do?

  • We educate citizens about issues, legislation and candidates.
  • We encourage individual participation in the political process.
  • We inform through in-depth, objective study.
  • We monitor local, state and national government bodies and activities.
  • We register voters.
  • We sponsor candidate forums and public issue forums.

Join us to Make Democracy Work!

You can make a difference! Join LWVWichita and start making a difference in our community. League membership is open to all women and men from age 16.


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