League of Women Voters

Missouri Photo ID Law
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Missouri’s secretary of state is moving forward with educating citizens on a new voter ID law that went into effect earlier this month. This comes as opponents are claiming the legislation makes it more difficult for people to vote.

Last November, 63 percent of Missourians approved Amendment 6, also known as HB 1631. The amendment requires a photo ID to vote. The state must assist voters without a photo ID in obtaining a free non-driver’s license for the purpose of voting.

Missouri Capitol
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Candidates for Missouri House of Representatives Districts 132 and 135 will participate in a forum tomorrow night (11/3) in Springfield.  The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri and Community Partnership of the Ozarks.

The incumbent in both of those races is not seeking re-election. The 132nd District representative, Charlie Norr, isn’t running due to term limits, while the 135th District representative, Lincoln Hough, decided not to seek re-election and instead is running for Greene County Commissioner.

Local Archivist Works to Preserve History

Dec 21, 2015
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In this segment of KSMU's Making Democracy Work series, Ilga Vise talks with Erin Smither, archivist at the Springfield Center of the State Historical Society of Missouri, about the center and what it offers.

The Springfield research center has been in operation since 2014, according to Smithers, and is located on the Missouri State University campus in Meyer Library.  There are other research centers in Missouri--in Kansas City, St. Louis, Rolla and Cape Girardeau. 

Anyone can make requests online for materials to be sent to the Springfield center. 

Faith Voices of Southwest Missouri

Crystal Brigman Mahaney talks with Susan Schmalzbauer of Faith Voices of Southwest Missouri and Dr. Danny Chisholm, pastor at University Baptist Heights Church, about local efforts to offer alternatives to payday loans in the battle against poverty.

University Heights Baptist Church has partnered with Educational Community Credit Union to create their "University Hope" rescue loan program. Faith Voices is a faith-based, grassroots organization which seeks to bring dignity back to public life through organizing and work on local, state and national policy efforts.

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Leslie Carrier talks with Ann Elwell, past president of the League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri, about two forums this week focusing on the April 7 election.