logo for the League of Women Voters of Wichita-Metro

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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League Fundraiser Launches with Matching Funds

We need your support to further our goal of a complete and fully informed electorate. Read more.


November Unit Meeting: Tough or Smart on Crime?

Our League’s November unit meeting will be Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. through Facebook. Our panelists will include:
🔸 Marc Bennett, District Attorney, Sedgwick County
🔸 Jeff Easter, Sheriff, Sedgwick County
🔸 David Gilkey, Co-Founder, Rise Up For Youth
🔸 Dr. Kevin Harrison, Community Engagement Coordinator, WSU

The livestream will pop up on our Facebook page at fb.com/League.Of.Women.Voters.Wichita


Tuesday Topics: Election Analysis

December 1, noon – 1 p.m.
Learn more about the 2020 election, from paper ballots to the campaign trail. Dr. Russell Fox, professor of Political Science at Friends University, will discuss the trends, analyze the results, and offer insight into what issues may be key during the upcoming term.

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.


October Unit Meeting: What Awaits Us After the Election?

Our League’s October member meeting was livestreamed on Facebook. Patrick Miller, Ph.D., spoke about possible election outcomes. Dr. Miller is an associate professor of political science at the University of Kansas. Watch the recording now.


Tuesday Topics: Confederate Monuments, Support and Protests

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. Watch the recorded program.


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


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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