IT'S TIME TO INCREASE CITIZEN PARTICIPATION FOR A STRONGER DEMOCRACY.
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:
35,314 Kansas citizens tried to register but were blocked by Kansas' suppressive law, Documentary Proof of Citizenship (DPOC). DPOC has been found unconstitutional and in violation of the National Voting Rights Act, and its impacts have blocked eligible voters across party lines from exercising their right to vote.
There is a crack in our current system that eligible voters are falling through. If a voter hasn’t updated their registration by an arbitrary deadline, they lose their right to have their vote counted for that election. Thousands of Kansas citizens cast a ballot in the 2018 election that they still think counted, but current law made their votes invalid.
Because local election officials in Kansas have such large discretion over when to offer early voting, citizens' access to the voting box varies dramatically across county lines. In the 2018 general election, 78% of Kansas counties failed to offer early voting outside of normal business hours.