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 work hard to count every eligible vote and administer a free and fair election, but some voters still fall through a crack in our current system.
Unless a voter has updated their registration by a certain deadline, their vote may or may not count. If a voter who missed the deadline moves within the same county, their vote counts—but if they move across a county line, it’s rejected.
Roughly 80% of the thousands of ballots rejected in Kansas in 2018 fell into cracks in the law like this (1). Many of these voters still incorrectly think their ballots counted. Their voting eligibility was verified and their registration was updated, but their votes were thrown out.
With multiple races decided by a handful of 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.
It’s time for legislation that would stop forcing election officials to reject these ballots.
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.
1 According to the Federal Elections Assistance Commission.