Counting All Eligible Votes

There's a crack in our democracy - and voters are falling through it.

It’s time to amend Kansas law to count the votes of eligible citizens.

Kansas citizens are going to vote on election day, but even when their eligibility is verified, their ballot doesn’t count.

Local Election Officials are working hard to count every eligible vote and administer a free and fair election, but there is a crack in our current system that 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 even after their voting eligibility was verified and their registration was updated, because they missed a bureaucratic paperwork deadline the current law made their votes invalid. This issue is so widespread, it accounted for 80% of the ballots rejected in the 2018 election (according to the Federal Elections Assistance Commission).

The solution is simple:
Amend our laws and count our votes.

Contact your Elected Officials and ask them to support this fix!

While the solution is clear, those who administer our elections cannot fix this alone. We need the Kansas State Legislature to pass an amendment allowing our local election officials to count these votes as they verify eligibility. Here’s how you can help: 

  1. Meet with local government officials, such as an election commissioner, county clerk, or county commissioner and ask them to sign a letter of support for this solution. 

  2. Meet with your state Representative and Senator and ask them to vote in favor of this solution.

  3. Call the Election Committee Chairs and ask them to hold a hearing and a vote for an amendment to stop throwing away eligible Kansas citizens votes!

This proposed amendment doesn’t change anything about how election workers do their jobs. The only thing this would do is count votes by Kansas Citizens that are currently thrown out. It is easy to implement, wouldn’t increase costs for elections, and would comply with current electoral laws such as photo ID requirements. This fix in the electoral system has been passed in more than 21 states including Montana, Utah, and Iowa. It’s time we bring this common-sense solution to Kansas.

Kansas Coalition for Citizen Participation  |  P.O. Box 917; Mission, KS 66201  |  913.490.4100

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