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League of Women Voters sponsors public forum

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It seems appropriate that the League of Women Voters celebrate the 100th anniversary of a Kansas constitutional amendment, which gave women the right to vote, by continuing its long-time sponsorship of voter education. Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew will speak at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20, in the County Commission Chambers of the Douglas County Courthouse.. Shew, who oversees elections, is also knowledgeable about the history of suffrage for women. He will address new laws on voter identification requirements and Kansas redistricting, as well as the struggle for women’s right to vote. The public is invited to attend the event sponsored by the Lawrence-Douglas County League of Women Voters. “As we’ve held voter registration events throughout the community this summer, we discovered there is still a great deal of confusion about when photo IDs must be shown and how the new re-districting maps affect their choice of candidates in the November election,” said Melinda Henderson, LWV president. “Jamie Shew can clarify the confusion, so we urge people to attend and learn what they need to know for active participation in the electoral process. It is a bonus for us that Shew is also a knowledgeable speaker on the suffrage movement.” Although the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote, was not added to the U.S. Constitution until 1920, Kansas approved a state constitutional amendment 100 years ago in 1912.

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