2018 House Candidates

 

District 1 - Michael Houser

This candidate has not responded to our questionnaire.

 The Kansas Coalition for Citizen Participation asked every House candidate to complete a questionnaire to survey their positions on our Smart Justice agenda. To view a candidate's responses to our questionnaire, click on the district and candidate's name below. If a candidate is not listed, we have not received a response to our questionnaire. 

 

Click here to read the full questionnaire sent to each candidate.

 

District 4: Lawrence Forbach
District 10: Eileen Horn
District 14: Angela Justus Schweller
District 16: Cindy Holscher
District 17: Laura Smith-Everett

District 18: Cindy Neighbor
District 20: Jan Kessinger
District 21: Jerry Stogsdill

District 23: Susan Ruiz
District 24: Jarrod Ousley

District 25: Melissa Rooker
District 26: Deann Mitchell
District 28: Brian Clausen

District 29: Brett Parker

District 30: Brandon Woodard

District 43: Pamela Finley

District 45: Mike Amyx
District 46 - Dennis Highberger

District 48: David Benson

District 52 - Brenda Dietrich, Toni Scalia

District 54: Sarah Coats

District 55: Annie Kuether

District 61 - Francis Awerkamp

District 67 - Alex Van Dyke

District 79: Ed Trimmer

District 82: Danette Harris

District 85: Monica Marks

District 99: Kristi Kirk

District 106: Bill Pannbacker

District 107: Bryan Bombardier

District 120: Jerry Hill

District 123: Pedro Rodriguez

 

 

 

 

 

 

District 4 - Lawrence Forbach

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes.

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot
open to all registered voters?

No.

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

No.

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

I agree voting belongs to eligible citizens. We need to ensure that all who are eligible to vote have the chance but also protect the process. 

 

 

District 10 - Eileen Horn

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes.

 

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot
open to all registered voters?

Yes.

 

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes. Absolutely!

 

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

Voting is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens. We should make it easy! And fun (national holiday!)

 

 

District 14 - Angela Justus Schweller

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes.

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot
open to all registered voters?

Yes. 

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes.

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

Voting is a right, that should always be made accessible to all eligible citizens.

 

Additional comments: The following bills were never brought up for debate in the elections committee, due to the chair (my incumbent) not allowing them. 1. HCR 5011 a constitutional amendment to have an independent commission draw our district maps for elections. 2. HB2225 bill to allow voters to be permanent advanced voters and always get their ballot by mail. 3. HB 2020 allows voters to register to vote on election day. I would support and vote yes each of these bills.

 

 

District 16: Cindy Holscher

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes. 

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot open to all registered voters?

Yes. In addition to the above mentioned benefits, expanding the permanent advanced ballot would mean less waste - in terms of manpower to process requests every election and paper forms used as part of the requests.

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes. Crosscheck has been proven to be very flawed; Kansas taxpayers should not have to continue to foot the bill for this program.

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

Voting is a right! Additional steps that have been put in place disenfranchise many people, most notably minorities and the poor.

 

 

 

District 17: Michael Kerner

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

No. People who fail to take the opportunity to register in advance have probably not thought much about how to vote. I don't think we should encourage random vote generation just to say we got more participation. We already allow permanent registration so long as you vote regularly and do not move. Registration should be a rite of passage at 18, not a last minute process.

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot open to all registered voters?

Yes. 

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes. 

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

RIGHT

 

District 17: Laura Smith-Everett

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes. 

 

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot open to all registered voters?

Yes. 

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes. 

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

It is an absolute right! I would support any of the legislation proposed by Rep. Parker dealing with voting rights, undue restrictions and unethical voter suppression.

 

 

 

District 18 - Cindy Neighbor

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes. We need to provide the opportunity for all voters to be a part of the election process. Our democracy isd stronger when voters actively participate.

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot
open to all registered voters?

Yes. Voting should be easy and accessible to all citizens.

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes. It has been proven that this is not a safe program and can be hacked.

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

Any time we making voting more restrictive, we are discouraging participation. We are fortunate in our county to have the "right" to vote!

 

 

District 19 - Stephanie Clayton

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes. 

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot
open to all registered voters?

Yes. 

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes. But only if this defund is well-planned and has a replacement, like ERIC.

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

It is a right. Period.

 

 

District 20 - Jan Kessinger

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes.

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot
open to all registered voters?

Yes.

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes.

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

Yes - it is a right. It should not be unduly restricted.  Our problem is not having too many people vote!

 

 

District 21: Jerry Stogsdill

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes. This is simply another method to encourage eligible citizens to participate in our political system and to exercise their right to vote.

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot open to all registered voters?

Yes. Opening up permanent advance ballots to all eligible votes will encourage greater voter participation in our elections. 

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes. Crosscheck is a flawed system that adds an unnecessary impediment to an eligible citizen's right to vote. It should be discontinued.

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

I believe we should be making voting as easy and accessible as possible for every eligible citizen. I believe that the vote is a right of every eligible citizen and that the state should do everything possible to encourage these eligible citizens to exercise their right to vote.

 

 

District 23: Susan Ruiz

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes. I support this measure and would be very excited to see an increase in voter turnout.

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot open to all registered voters?

Yes. There aren't enough efforts made in the state promoting permanent advanced ballots for those with disabilities. Expanding the access to everyone - registered voters would be a cost saving measure.

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes. This program is a hit to our democracy and must be defunded.

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

I believe in the right to vote. Without it we truly don't have a democracy. The vote is equal to our voice electing our representatives.

 

 

District 24: Jarrod Ousley

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes.

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot open to all registered voters?

Yes.

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes. I also submitted legislation to repeal the Sale Act, another Kobach suppression bill.

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

Voting is a right.

 

 

District 25: Melissa Rooker

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes. I support adoption of Election Day registration.

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot open to all registered voters?

Yes. I would love to have permanent advance ballot status open to all registered voters.

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes. II support defunding Crosscheck for all the reasons cited in the question. While it would be good to have a way to take care of duplicate registration, we should only do so in a way that keeps voter data safe and secure, and does not disenfranchise voters.

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

Voting is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens and should not be unduly restricted.

 

 

District 26 - Deann Mitchell

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes.

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot open to all registered voters?

Yes.

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes. 

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

I believe all legal residents of Kansas should be eligible to vote and the right to vote should not be unduly restricted.

 

 

District 28 - Brian Clausen

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes.

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot
open to all registered voters?

Yes.

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes.

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

It is a right that should be given to all residents the minute they turn 18. Same day registration, better access to advanced ballots, and the removal of the citizenship question are just a few things Kansas can do to increase participation. Kobach wants to drive down participation and does not care about election security. Kansas needs to do everything it can to become trustworthy, and removing the disastrous programs that Kobach instituted would be a great place to start.

 

 

District 29 - Brett Parker

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes. I sponsored legislation in 2018 that included same-day registration. 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot
open to all registered voters?

Yes, in 2017 and 2018 I proposed legislation to open permanent advanced ballots to all registered voters.

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes. I filed two pieces of legislation to shut down the Crosscheck program in 2018. The first was to shut it down, and the second was to strictly regulate it.

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

I believe voting is a right, and it is our duty as members of the legislation to protect this sacred right for citizens.

 

 

District 30: Brandon Woodard

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes. 

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot
open to all registered voters?

Yes.

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes.

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

I believe that voting is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted.

 

 

District 43: Pamela Finley

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes.

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot
open to all registered voters?

Yes.

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes.

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

Voting is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens.

 

Additional comments: I am a member of the ACLU and support voter rights.

District 44: Barbara Ballard

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes.

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot
open to all registered voters?

Yes.

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes. Unless the state can protect security concerns.

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

I believe the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and should not be unduly restricted.

 

District 45: Mike Amyx

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

I believe we should be working to make it easier for people to vote rather than more difficult. This also includes making the voting process as speedy a process as possible for all. Election day registration should not delay already-registered voters.

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot
open to all registered voters?

I understand a bill was introduced last session advocating this, however, I am not up to speedon it. It is an interesting thought, worthy of consideration; but until I see the written bill and consider the ramifications of it, I cannot answer either way. There are considerations of transient populations and how to maintain voter accuracy and privacy.

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

I have no answer for this question because I am concerned about what might be used to replace the current system. If certain individuals have their way, it could be much more intrusive and ubiquitous.

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

Voting is a right that should be treated as a privilege. We need to make voting as simple as possible. It is appalling to see such low voter turnout.

 

 

District 46 - Dennis Highberger

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes. I support any election reformthat will increase voter turnout without leading to voter fraud. The research that I have seen shows that states that have implemented election-day registration have not seen any increase in voter fraud related to election-day registration.

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot
open to all registered voters?

Yes. I do not see any justification for a separate request to be filed for an advance ballot for each election. I would also support balloting by mail as is done in Oregon and other states, because it clearly contributes to higher voter participation and a better-informed electorate.

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes. I think the purpose of the Crosscheck program is to support Secretary of State Kobach’s voter suppression efforts. The number of false positives for double registration have clearly put thousands and thousands of people in danger of being unjustifiably being denied their right to vote. The citizens of Kansas should not support this program.

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

Voting is a right that many people throughout our nation’s history have struggled and suffered to defend and extend. I think voting should be made as easy, accessible, and widespread as possible, provided that is done in a way to minimize any possibility of voter fraud.

 

 

District 48: David Benson

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes.

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot
open to all registered voters?

Yes.

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes.

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

Voting is a right and should not be restricted!

 

Additional comments: I am a member of the ACLU and support voter rights.

 

 

District 51: Noah Wright

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes. 

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot
open to all registered voters?

Yes.

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes.

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

A Right.

 

 

District 52 - Brenda Dietrich

Candidate's response: Thank you for the opportunity to complete your survey, but I have made it my policy to not complete any surveys during campaign season because I receive between 30 and 40 surveys ...yours is the 4th survey this week.....and I am out walking on doors and talking to my constituents. I am very supportive of your initiatives and would be happy to visit with you at any point in time......I just don’t have time to complete all of these surveys. All the best!

 

 

District 52 - Toni Scalia

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes. I would like to see compulsary voting with fines for 1st two no-shows and removal of drivers license to be returned at election election individual curb votes. 132 countries [have] compulsary voting laws.

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot open to all registered voters?

Yes.

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes.

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

Voting is a right. I believe voting should be enforced law.

 

 

District 54: Sarah Coats

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes. 

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot
open to all registered voters?

Yes.

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes.

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

Voting is a right and an important right to protect. Voting should be accessible, with low to no barriers.

 

 

District 55: Annie Kuether

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes. 

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot
open to all registered voters?

Yes.

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes.

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

It's a right!

 

 

District 61 - Francis Awerkamp

Candidate's response:

Coalition,

 

Voting is very easy in Kansas. It simply takes a little thought and foresight.

 

If a person can't take a little responsibility for their own life, nothing the government does will help them out.

 

May I suggest that you redirect your efforts towards helping people take more responsibility for their actions? I think the results will prove much more beneficial to everyone's future.

 

Thanks, Francis

 

 

District 67 - Alex Van Dyke

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes.

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot
open to all registered voters?

Yes.

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes. This measure cost thousands of Kansans' personal information to be compromised and needs to be stopped.

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

Voting is a right of every citizen and we should do what we can to make it possible for everyone to vote. We should make Election Day a state holiday, enact Automatic Voter Registration and same day registration, and open our primaries. I also would like to see ranked voting implemented.

 

 

District 79: Ed Trimmer

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes.

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot
open to all registered voters?

Yes.

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes. 

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

I believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens.

 

 

District 82: Danette Harris

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes.

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot
open to all registered voters?

Yes.

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes. 

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

Voting is a right. It should be easier for all eligible citizens.

 

 

District 85: Monica Marks

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes.

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot
open to all registered voters?

Yes.

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes. 

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

[no answer]

 

 

District 99: Kristi Kirk

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes. 

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot
open to all registered voters?

Yes.

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes. 

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

It is a right!

 

 

District 106: Bill Pannbacker

Dear ACLU, et al,

 

Although I don't fill out questionnaires, I am generally supportive of the positions brought forth by the 3 associated groups showing the 6701 W. 64th St. Ste 210 address. As a freshman legislator (assuming I don't lose to a write-in), I will need to bide my time before initiating legislation that substantially impacts how govt. functions.

 

However, with the likelihood that Kansas will elect a governor without said governor receiving a majority vote, the time might be at hand to move to an open primary. Although I haven't read the KS Constitution, I'm pretty sure there is no reference to Democrat of Republican parties. Personally, I'm offended that we taxpayers pay for what I consider a private endeavor, partisan primaries.

To me, a much better method is to have ALL candidates listed & all voters have access to any candidate & the top two face off in the General Election. 

 

That will not win favor with my colleagues right off the start, but I would be an enthusiastic backer of such change.

I look forward to visiting with your group about the election process and the futility of the death penalty.

 

Sincerely, Bill Pannbacker, DVM

 

 

District 107: Bryan Bombardier

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes. There is no reason to deny legally verified residents of the state of Kansas a vote. We can definitely treat these ballots like provisional ballots until they are verified if necessary.

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot
open to all registered voters?

Yes. Within reason, we should allow advanced ballots to be mailed out to any voter who requests it. This must be done with some sort of verification of the individual voter however. A primary mailing verifying that the voter wants another advanced ballot or some other method would be fine. But until our voter rolls are scrubbed more effectively we will need a verification system. For example, we cannot just mail out ballots from a 15 year old request for advanced ballot without some sort of verification that the voter is alive and a legal voter in Kansas.

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes. I am a Libertarian. I support any method of decreasing administrative costs in Kansas government. Our county clerks and secretary of state can determine legal voter status without some bloated 3rd party system.

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

Voting is a right to all eligible citizens. Any restrictions to voting should be eliminated immediately. We need more participation in the political process and this starts with the individual voter.

 

 

District 120: Jerry Hill

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes. Kobach is doing all he can to disenfranchise citizens. We need open elections. The time limitation is not necessary or desirable. 

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot
open to all registered voters?

Yes. See my previous answer. Advanced ballots are a perfect idea, especially in rural areas. 

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes. See the previous answers. Kobach must be stopped.

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

Right! Inalienable.

 

 

District 123: Pedro Rodriguez

Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

Yes.

 

Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot
open to all registered voters?

Yes.

 

Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

Yes.

 

Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

circled "is a right"

 

 

Full questionnaire

 

1. In most states, including Kansas, voter registration deadlines are weeks before the election. As of March 2018, fifteen states plus the District of Columbia make same day registration available on Election Day. This statute is sometimes called Election Day registration (EDR) and has been shown to increase voter turnout, especially among military families, marginalized communities, and youth. In fact, states with election-day registration have turnout rates 10-12% higher than states without it. Increasing citizen participation should always be a shared value because it is no secret that our democracy is strongest when more people participate. Do you support the adoption of an Election Day registration statute in Kansas?

 

Yes/No

 

Additional comments:

 

2. Currently, the only people that may be approved for a permanent advanced ballot must have a permanent physical disability or illness or have been diagnosed as having a permanent illness. This is a great tool that needs to be expanded on to increase citizen participation in the elections. If permanent advance ballots were made available to any registered citizen, county clerks would
have a streamlined process and the simplicity, practicability, and convenience of the permanent advance ballot could increase citizen participation in elections. Do you support the adoption of a statute that makes the permanent advance ballot open to all registered voters?

 

Yes/No

 

Additional comments:

 

3. The Crosscheck program, supposedly designed to identify individuals registered in more than one state, incorrectly identifies double registrants at a 99 percent rate. The way that this system is implemented in Kansas exposes the personal information of the state’s voters and unnecessarily leaving them vulnerable to identity theft. Eight states have already opted out of the program citing privacy security concerns, and the liabilities it creates for them. Kansas taxpayers are the sole funders of this program. Do you support legislation to defund the Crosscheck program?

 

Yes/No

 

Additional comments:

 

4. Do you believe that the vote is a right that belongs to all eligible citizens, and so should not be unduly restricted? Or do you believe that the vote is a privilege that belongs to eligible citizens, and so adding steps to the registration and voting process—even if they reduce participation—are not serious problems?

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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