Kansas Coalition for Citizen Participation
As League members know, tens of thousands of citizens have found it difficult or impossible to register to vote, actually vote, or have their votes count. This disproportionately harms young people, senior citizens, and people of color. Many Kansas voting restrictions are illegal, unconstitutional, and decidedly anti American. Now, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is laying the groundwork for voter suppression nationwide.
The Kansas Coalition for Citizen Participation is mobilizing support for policies that will improve the administration of elections in Kansas, protect democracy, enhance civic health, and dramatically increase the number of citizens who participate in elections and in their communities.
On Oct.1, the Kansas Coalition for Citizen Participation launched its first campaign, “Let People Vote,” in front of a national audience, with national speakers, national media attention, and a good crowd.
Reject “Election Integrity” Commission’s voter suppression agenda!
Voting brings us together as Americans — it is the one time we are all equal. But a national task force is laying the groundwork for dangerous voter suppression across the country.
The commission, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, purportedly seeks fraudulent registration on voter rolls across the country. The commission is not interested in facts, but false accusations in order to intimidate voters and implement dangerous election policy. Tell the commission you won’t let anything stop you from exercising your right to vote.
LWVK works to increase civic engagement in Kansas
On September 8, LWVK co-sponsored “Democracy Tomorrow: Increasing Citizen Participation in Kansas Elections” with the and NAACP and ACLU of Kansas. Highlights included:
- The keynote address by Kevin Kennedy, board member of the U.S. Vote Foundation and former director and general counsel for the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board was powerful and eye opening.
- Panel: “Enhancing Civic Health and Social Capital by Modernizing Voter Registration” with Samuel Derheimer, Senior Manager of Election Initiatives, The Pew Charitable Trusts; Tova Wang, Senior Democracy Fellow, Demos, and Director of Research and Policy, the Center for Secure and Modern Elections
- Panel: “Making Citizen Participation Easy: Trends in Election Administration” with Neal Kelley, Registrar of Voters, Orange County, CA; Natalie Tennant, Manager of State Advocacy for the Voting Rights and Elections Project, Brennan Center for Justice, and former Secretary of State of West Virginia
- Bryan Caskey, Election Director in the office of the Kansas Secretary of State
- Panel: Kansas Legislators with Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau; Sen. Randall Hardy; Rep. John Carmichael; Rep. Mary Martha Good
About LWV Kansas
- The League of Women Voters of Kansas is a grassroots, volunteer, political organization with nine local Leagues across the state. For nearly 100 years, LWVK has encouraged the informed and active participation of citizens in government and has influenced public policy through education and advocacy. The League never endorses candidates or political parties.
- You can make a difference! Now is the time to join a local League of Women Voters and start making a difference in your community. League membership is open to all women and men 16 years of age.
Think you’re registered to vote? 16,821 Kansans are not!
Chances are, you will find names you know on the June suspense list.
Johnson County had the most incomplete applications with 4,325 names, followed by Sedgwick with 3,021; Wyandotte with 761; Shawnee with 755; Geary with 486; Douglas with 466; Butler with 414; Crawford with 414; Leavenworth with 400; and Lyon with 309. See the entire list of counties.
As LWVK analysis has consistently shown, the under-30 age group has the most suspended voters, with 29.4 percent of the total. Of the 4,888 voters in this group, 3,209 are 18 to 24 years of age; 1,679 are 25 to 30.
Ages 31 to 40 represent 19.2 percent of the total or 3,174; ages 41 to 50 represent 17.9 percent or 2,971; ages 51 to 60 represent 16.3 percent or 2,699; and 60 or older represent 17.1 percent or 2,839.
With few exceptions, Kansans on the suspense list found the documentary proof of citizenship requirement to be too expensive in time, complexity, and money; or were failed by the state data management systems.
What does the League do?
- We educate citizens about issues, legislation and candidates.
- We encourage individual participation in the political process.
- We inform through in-depth, objective study.
- We monitor local, state and national government bodies and activities.http://www.lwvsalina.org/join.html
- We register voters.
- We sponsor candidate debates and public issue forums.