Which Ballots Count and 
Which Are Thrown Out?

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.

Citizens in Kansas are going to vote on Election Day, but even when their eligibility is verified, some of their ballots won’t count. 

Local election officials are working hard to count every eligible vote and administer a free and fair election, but voters are falling through a crack in our current system. If a voter has not updated their registration by a certain deadline, their vote may not count.


Roughly 80% of the ballots rejected in 2018 didn’t count because thousands of Kansas citizens missed this deadline1. These voters cast ballots that they still think counted, but even after their voting eligibility was verified and their registration was updated, their votes were thrown out. 

 

Current law denied eligible voters’ right to exercise their civic duty because of a paperwork deadline. 


With multiple primary and general election races decided by several hundred or a thousand votes, there is no denying the significant impact this process can have on our democracy.

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

We advocate for legislation that would count these ballots after the voter’s eligibility has been confirmed. 


This fix wouldn’t change anything about how election workers do their jobs. The only change would be counting votes cast by eligible voters that are currently thrown out. It is easy to implement, wouldn’t increase costs, and would comply with current electoral laws such as photo ID requirements.


Let’s bring this common-sense solution to Kansas. 

You can help fix our democracy in Kansas.

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 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 supporting this solution. 
2. Meet with your state Representative and Senator and ask them to vote for 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.
4. Get help from the Kansas Coalition of Citizen Participation. We’ll help you get started and connect you with other concerned Kansans also working to increase citizen participation for a stronger democracy in our state. 

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

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