This week, considering the SCOTUS decision of Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Association of Junior League’s International put out the following internal statement to all members:
“As an organization comprised of more than 120,000 women and built on inclusion, respect and empowerment; our Mission is to advance women’s leadership for meaningful community impact through volunteer action, collaboration, and training. We encourage our Members and our Leagues to use their individual voices to speak up in their communities and express their own independent views on important issues. We believe women have the ability and the capacity to be the catalysts who create lasting societal change through both collaboration and meaningful disagreement.”
As women leaders in our community, it is imperative that we exercise our right to vote at every opportunity. We have two elections coming up this summer and fall where many of our local and national leaders will be selected by our citizens.
The first is the Primary Election on August 2, 2022. There is also a constitutional amendment on the ballot during this election. I would ask that you pay close attention to the word “may” and consider what that could potentially mean for both women and girls. So even if you are an unaffiliated voter, it is important to exercise your right to vote in this election. The last day to register to vote in the Primary Election is July 12. Unable to vote on August 2 due to a hectic summer schedule? You can participate in early voting by going to the Shawnee County Election office at 3420 SW Van Buren St, or you can request an Advance Voting ballot. Mail in ballots must be requested by July 26, 2022.
We also have the General Election on November 8, 2022.The last day to register to vote in that election is October 18, 2022.
Unsure of your registration status? Check here.
I look forward to a robust participation of our membership, exercising our civic responsibility to vote, as these elections will undoubtedly have an impact on not only our immediate future, but that of future generations.