Guest Column: Voters League wants to register assisted living residents

By  The League of Women Voters Wichita Metro

The League of Women Voters Wichita Metro was contacted last fall by an assisted living facility to help their residents with voter registration for the 2020 General Election.  We were honored by this request, and based on this successful project and relationship, the League realized that this effort could be expanded to all senior living facilities.

We are proposing to all assisted living facilities in the Wichita area that voter registration forms be included in their welcoming packets for new residents.  Since any address change requires the citizen to re-register to vote, it is apparent that assisted living residents are perfect candidates for this service.

The request for the forms can be made by e-mailing to bbell150@att.net or calling 316-299-1108.  Upon receipt, the League will mail a supply of voter registration forms for your use.  We encourage the forms to be completed soon so the forms can be submitted to the Election Office before this summer’s primaries for the local elections.  To simplify this process for the facility directors, the League will handle the implementation.  In addition, forms to request mail-in ballots will be provided as well.  

This is a wonderful service that the assisted living facility directors can provide to their residents.  Senior citizens are important members of our society and must retain their right to participate in the democratic process.

The League of Women Voters Wichita-Metro is a non-partisan 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.

The League was heavily involved with many other organizations in registering people to vote in 2020.  Overall, voter registration increased by 28,243 voters or 9.6 percent. 

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