July 30, 2012 Monday Update

Your Monday Morning Update:

I did it!  I finally did it!  I’m sure you are wondering what I did that was so exciting and fulfilling – I cast my ballot in the primary election! I scurried over to the election office during my lunch hour and voted.  I must say that I was a bit distraught to see that it was me (and only me) and about 25 election workers at that location.  As I left, I can’t tell you how many times I heard the phrase, “thank you for voting!” When walking out the door into the 100 degree weather, I thought how thankful I was for the OPPORTUNITY to vote!
Kansas is a state of opportunity. You have three options in how you vote:
  • You can now vote in person at four Johnson County locations.
    • Johnson County Election Office, 2101 E Kansas City Road
    • Great Mall of The Great Plains, 20345 W 151st Street (across from License Bureau)
    • Metcalf South Shopping Center, 9531 Metcalf Ave (west entrance)
    • Ten Quivira Plaza-Shawnee, 12156 Shawnee Mission Pkwy (1 block west of of Quivira)
    • Please check www.jocoelection.org to confirm dates and hours.

  • If you want to vote by mail in advance, it’s not too late to get an application for an Advance Voting          Ballot form, visit www.jocoelection.org. The ballots need to be received at the Election Office no later than  7 p.m. on Election Day.
  • Vote at the polls on Election Day (August 7th). If you don’t know where you go to vote or if you want to see your sample ballot, again go to the election website for details.

Remember that one of the changes made to elections is that you need to show photo identification every time you vote. Be sure to have it in hand.

I can’t stress enough how important this election is.  I’ve been asked over and over again my opinion as to who will win in the primary.  My response is always the same—“it all depends on who takes the opportunity to vote.”

It’s not only the Kansas weather that is HOT; the political environment is equally as steamy. Please let your voice be heard!

Let’s talk about the other HOT issue affecting us, that of KanCare.
The Kansas Department on Health and Environment is holding stakeholder meetings to describe the pending changes to the Kansas Medicaid Program (KanCare.) The meetings for Johnson County are held this Thursday, August 2nd.  There will be two meetings.  One meeting is for providers and the other for beneficiaries.
The meetings are both held at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center located at 11902 Lowell.  The provider meeting is from 1 – 4 p.m. and will require registration at https://www.kmap-state-ks.us/Public/Workshop%20Schedule/Workshop%20Schedule.asp.

The beneficiary (recipient) meeting is from 6 – 8 p.m. at the same location.  No registration is necessary. If you are a parent or family member, this would be the meeting that you should attend.  I’d encourage you to take advantage of this if at all possible.

Now what are you waiting for?  Get out there and VOTE!  Thanks for all your good works and support.

Warm regards,
Lurena Mead
JCDS Community Relations Manager
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