League of Women Voters®
of Lexington, KY


  • 24 Oct 2017 9:49 AM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    The League of Women Voters of Lexington will examine college and postsecondary education access and affordability barriers for Kentuckians on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until noon at the Bluegrass Community and Technical College: Newtown Campus (Newtown and Fourth Street), Classroom 107.


    The Student Voice team of the Prichard Committee will present their research findings. This group of students has done research, interviewed students across the state, and assembled a wealth of information to share and has recently released a new book, Ready or NotStories from Students Behind the Statistics.

    The panel will also include Perry Papka, policy analyst at the Prichard Committee with a focus on postsecondary education, and Erin Klarer, Vice President for Government Relations at the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority.

  • 22 Oct 2017 3:00 PM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    The League of Women Voters of Lexington is sponsoring an essay contest for Fayette County high school students asking them to write an op-ed on the following:

    Given that the first amendment of our Constitution protects “the freedom of speech and of the press,” is there any way to avoid the influence of distorted or false reports?  In these contentious political times, how do you evaluate the information that comes your way?  What sources do you feel you can trust and why?

    The contest is open to any student in grades 9-12 who attends a Fayette County school. Private school and home-schooled students are eligible. The deadline for submission is Friday, December 8, 2017.   

    Monetary prizes of $250 for first place, $150 for second place and $100 for third place will be awarded in January.  There also will be a special recognition of ESL writing of $100. An honorarium will be awarded to the teacher/sponsors each of the winning writers. 

    Students and teachers can learn more about the contest by e-mailing Essay Contest Committee chair, Judy Johnson at lexington.lwvessaycontest@gmail.com.

    “We sponsor the Essay Contest to encourage high school students to think about our democratic process and to provide an avenue for students to express themselves in writing,” said Tammy Fagley, president of the Lexington League. 

    Judy Johnson, Essay Contest Chair


  • 18 Oct 2017 9:46 PM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    Unfortunately, the League has to cancel the candidate training class that was scheduled for October 21.  We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

  • 07 Oct 2017 4:10 PM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    Money in Politics To Be Examined at Oct. 19 Forum

     Money in Politics: Our Republic in Crisis is the subject of a public forum to be hosted by Together Frankfort and the New Kentucky Project at the Kentucky History Center on October 19 at 6:30 pm. Other sponsors include the Kentucky League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women-Kentucky.

    A panel of speakers will discuss corporate influence on American democracy from perspectives of both the left and the right.  Participants include:

    •Krystal Ball, author, founder of the People’s House Project, and former co-host of MSNBC talk show The Cycle;

    •Adam Edelen, former state auditor and co-founder of the New Kentucky Project;

    •Dr. Donald A. Gross, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Kentucky who, for over twenty years, focused his research on campaign finance reform; and

    •John Pudner, executive director of the conservative organization, Take Back Our Republic.

    Laura Cullen Glasscock, editor and publisher of The Kentucky Gazette and assistant professor of journalism at Kentucky State University, will moderate the evening’s discussion.

    A reception will follow the discussion. There is no charge for the event but donations are welcomed.

    Together Frankfort is a non-partisan, volunteer group seeking to increase civic engagement. New Kentucky Project, co-founded by former state auditor Adam Edelen and Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones, seeks to move Kentucky forward and modernize our state through identifying and promoting new ideas and new leaders.

    For more information about this event, contact Mary Lynn Collins, phone 502-319-5509; e-mail marylynn41@hotmail.com or Erik Jarboe, phone 502-545-3098, e-mail  erik@newkentuckyproject.comor on the web at www.togetherfrankfort.org/fall-forum.html.


    Together Frankfort Coordinators

    P.O. Box 870

    Frankfort, KY 40602

  • 24 Sep 2017 2:09 PM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    Moderated Forum Discussing Redistricting and Gerrymandering in Kentucky.

    The question, are we are choosing our legislators or if they are choosing us, will be examined by a panel of legislators who have filed bills in past sessions to address some of the challenges of redistricting and who will discuss their perspectives on the issue. The focus will be on how to develop a redistricting process that is public and transparent and allows citizen input to enhance public confidence that elections allow full and fair participation by all. Also serving on the panel will be Susan Perkins Weston, League member, who is writing a report on behalf of the League of Women Voters of Kentucky and will discuss the findings of League’s committee on redistricting.

    When: Tuesday, October 3, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Open to the public.

    Where: Downtown Lexington Public Library’s Farish Theater, 140 E. Main Street 

    Parking for this event will be available on the street or in the attached garage.

    The meeting will also be available live on Facebook.


    Panel: Susan Perkins Weston

    Senator Albert Robinson, District 21 ( R )  (invited)

    Rep. James Kay, District 56 (D)

    Moderator: Cindy Heine

  • 06 Apr 2017 8:10 PM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    League of Women Voters of Lexington, Kentucky

    2016-2017 President/League’s

    Annual Report

    The League of Women Voters of Lexington, KY members attended a naturalization ceremony and registered many new citizens.  (The courthouse has been under renovation so there have not been many ceremonies during this timeframe.)

    We held 4 candidate forums for the fall elections.  These forums included KY Supreme Court, school board and state representative candidate forums.  The forums were televised, published on YouTube and noted in the Lexington Herald Leader.  Several  more candidate forums were scheduled but one or more candidates cancelled so their forum could not be held.

    We updated and distributed blue sheets.

    We maintain a member on the Lexington Ethics Commission as well as the Community Action Council.

    We held a membership wine tasting event.  This gives current League members a chance to socialize and is also an opportunity to obtain new members.

    We participated in Vote411.org voter guide for local Lexington races. We plan to participate in Vote 411 next year but may not include the federal race candidate due to the high cost.

    We started a book club for League members which meets once a month on Tuesdays. Some of the books that have been read and discussed by the book club are Alexander Hamilton, LaFayette in the Somewhat United States, Give Us the Ballot, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, Hillbilly Elegy, Never Enough, and Chester Alan Arthur.

    We worked with the local Girls Scouts Council to help the scouts with their Promise to Vote badge campaign.  We help the Girls Scouts obtain locations to have tables to get people to sign up and promise to vote.  We also helped them register voters.

    We joined the Kentucky Non-Profit Network and had a member attend their annual conference to obtain information helpful to non-profit organizations.  We also participated in their annual day of giving in May as a fundraiser.

    In November, we held an informational forum for members and the public about immigration.  Isabel Taylor, the Multicultural Affairs Coordinator in Lexington, spoke to the audience, answered questions, and led a lively discussion.

    In January we announced the winners of our annual high school student essay contest which takes place in the Fall of the year.  This year, students were asked to tell their stories as voters and potential voters who had just lived through a divisive election season.  Top honors and $250 went to Hanae Yoshida, a freshman, for “The Election 2016: Do You See What I See?” Sahar Mohammadzadeh was runner-up ($150), and Jons Theodore  Ehrenborg took third place ($100). Special recognition went to ELL student Samwele John of $100.  A $50 honorarium went to the teachers of these students.


    On March 15th the League hosted a group during the On the Table conversations.  Our group discussed food deserts, infill and growth as well as tolerance.  League members as well as non-League members attended our discussion group.

    We published nine Voter newsletters to keep our members informed about the issues and advised of the League’s activities. 

    We established a committee who will work on increasing voter participation in the upcoming election.

    We had members attend the League Lobby day at the Capital on February 7th to lobby the legislators regarding our positions.

    We developed a promotional video for our League that is on our website and social media.

    Respectfully Submitted,

    Tamara Fagley


    League of Women Voters of Lexington, KY

  • 07 Feb 2017 9:52 AM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    President Tammy Fagley announced the Lexington League of Women Voters essay contest winners today.  First place with a prize of $250 went to Hanae Yoshida, a 9th grade student at Sayre Upper School. Second place and a prize of $150 went to Sahar Mohammadzadeh, an 11th grade student at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.  Third place with a prize of $100 went to Jons Theodore Ehrenborg, a 10th grade student at Henry Clay High School.  Samwele John, a 12th grade ELL (English Language Learner) student at Lafayette High School, won a special recognition award of $100.  This award honored the extra effort needed to address complex ideas in a second language.

    Honorariums of $50 each were awarded to recognize teachers cited by writers as mentors. These teachers are: George Bebensee at Sayre; Kristin Studle, counselor at Paul Laurence Dunbar; Scott Brown at Henry Clay; and Tim Mitsumori at Lafayette.

    This year students in public and private Fayette County High Schools were encouraged to submit essays responding to the divisive 2016 presidential election campaign.  Writers were asked to reflect on the experience and explain lessons learned from that experience.


    “The League sponsors this essay contest each year to encourage and support student interest in the democratic process,” said Fagley. “We want to encourage students to take responsibility as citizens, vote and, perhaps, run for public office one day.”


    Carol O’Reilly, who made the presentations, commended the students on their thoughtful reflections and excellent writing skills.  “I was so honored just to read their work,” she said.

  • 06 Feb 2017 5:19 PM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    The League of Women Voters of Kentucky released a state report today, Felony Disenfranchisement in the Commonwealth of Kentucky showing Kentucky has the third highest rate of citizens and the highest rate of African Americans who have lost their right to vote despite completing their full felony sentence. This report is an updated version of similar studies conducted in 2006 and 2013.


    According to the report, Kentucky is one of only four states to enforce lifetime voting bans on all persons with felony convictions resulting in the disenfranchisement of over 312,000 residents. This is an increase of more than 68,000 since the figures reported by the League in 2013 and 126,000 since the 2006 report.


    One of every 11 adults in Kentucky is ineligible to vote due to a previous felony conviction, a rate of 9.1 percent, nearly three times the national average of 2.47 percent or one in 40. Among African Americans, almost one in four is disenfranchised, a rate of 26.2 percent, more than triple the national rate of 9.1 percent.  The report also finds that 92 percent of those disenfranchised live in the community and 78 percent have completed their full sentence. 

    In 2001, the Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation to simplify voter restoration for people with previous convictions resulting in an increase in restoration of voting rights, from 831 in 2000 to 1,231 in 2003.  After a 2004 change in gubernatorial policy requiring an essay and three character references, there was a dramatic decline in applications and approvals to 164 in 2006.  Changes in 2008 with a new governor, resulted in an improvement in the numbers, 10,479 between 2008 and 2015.

    In 2015, then-Gov. Steve Beshear issued an order that restored voting rights to individuals with non-violent felony convictions who had completed their sentences and met other criteria. That order also established a process by which qualifying citizens’ voting rights would be restored as they completed their sentences. In late 2015 Gov. Matt Bevin rescinded that order and replaced it with Kentucky’s prior procedure. That procedure requires individuals who have completed their full sentence to submit an application detailing their convictions and sentences served. As of October 2016, no restoration orders had been issued.

    Enactment of House Bill 40 in 2016 allowed persons with certain Class D felony convictions to have those convictions vacated and expunged. Since the law took effect in July, fewer than 389 persons have had their voting rights restored.

    The League has a longstanding belief that “voting is a fundamental expression of citizenship and every citizen of our Commonwealth should be protected in the right to vote,” according to the new report.   Kentucky League co-president, Dr. Terry Naydan said, “When we show felons who have paid their debt to society that they are allowed to vote, we are saying that they are citizens again. Studies show that the rate of recidivism goes down when a felon feels he/she can fully participate in our democracy.” 

    League recommendations include providing:

    ·         A ballot measure to allow Kentucky voters to decide whether people living in the community and who have completed their full sentence have their voting rights restored automatically 

    ·         Increased assistance to eligible persons with the restoration of voting rights application process

    ·         Increasing public education about the process of restoring voting rights and available resources to help those wishing to vote

    ·         Annual release of data on the number of people applying for restoration of voting rights and expungement of felony records and the number approved and denied

    ·         Reduction and/or waiver of the $500 application fee for expungement of felony records.


    “The League was created by women who struggled many years seeking the right to vote,” said Nita Smith, co-president of the state League. “We believe citizens who have made a mistake should have that right reinstated once they have completed their full sentence and/or parole. The League of Women Voters believes that our society is stronger when all of our citizens vote.”

    The state League of Women Voters takes positions only after deliberation and consensus from local Leagues across the state.


    The report, Felony Disenfranchisement in the Commonwealth of KentuckyA Report of the League of Women Votersof Kentucky, February 2017 along with the 2006 and 2013 reports are available at lwvky.org/about/publications/.

  • 28 Nov 2016 7:15 PM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    Click on this link to print a copy of the Essay Contest Flyer and to see the contest details:

    2016-17 Essay_Flyer.doc

  • 04 Oct 2016 9:15 PM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    All forums air on Time Warner Cable Channel 20 Monday through Saturday until Election Day.   There are no viewings on Channel 20 on Sundays.  Click on the link and watch on YouTube at any time.
    Supreme Court District 5

    Glenn Acree and Larry VanMeter

    Airs 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

    YouTube link: https://youtu.be/Df6iqS845Xw


    House District 75

    Kelly Flood (D) and Gary McCollum (R )

    Airs 11:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.

    YouTube link: https://youtu.be/A_Ppr1uFWXc

    School Board District 1

    Airs 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.  

    Melissa Bacon and Samantha Rodarte

    YouTube link: https://youtu.be/zQC4EQbh7R4

    School Board District 5

    Daryl K. Love and Sharon Mofield-Boswell

    Airs 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. 

    YouTube link: https://youtu.be/-JoIlAChSDA

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