IS AN ENGAGED CITIZENRY.
KANSANS HAVE A DUTY
TO VOTE IN EVERY ELECTION.
Citizen participation is the cornerstone of a healthy democracy. That’s why it’s crucial that we expand opportunities for citizens from all over Kansas to participate in our elections.
THE SOLUTIONS FOR KANSAS DEMOCRACY:
COUNTING THE BALLOTS OF
ALL ELIGIBLE VOTERS
There is a crack in our current system—and eligible voters are falling through it. Kansans must currently have their voter registration updated by a certain deadline each election cycle in order for their vote to count. Roughly 80% of ballots rejected in the 2018 election were not counted because thousands of Kansas voters missed this deadline. Kansas should change the law so these eligible votes count.
35,314 Kansas citizens tried to register to vote in 2014, but Kansas' suppressive Documentary Proof of Citizenship (DPOC) law blocked them from casting their ballots. DPOC was found unconstitutional and in violation of the National Voter Registration Act, and has disenfranchised eligible voters across party lines. Let's remove onerous requirements and let our eligible voters cast their ballots.
There is a clear correlation between the availability of open polls and voter turnout. But because local election officials in Kansas have such wide discretion over when to offer early voting, voters’ access to the ballot box varies dramatically across county lines. Access to democracy shouldn’t depend on your zip code.