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LWV Kansas supports these topics as priorities during the 2019 legislative session
- Enact Election Day Registration
- Expand the early voting period
- Allow for permanent or semi permanent advance voting by mail
- Enact Automatic Registration
- Create an independent special commission responsible for redistricting
- Remove SOS authority to appoint County Election Officers
- Withdraw Kansas from the Crosscheck data system
- Enroll in ERIC – Electronic Registration Information Center
- Remove Kansas Sec. of State authority to prosecute voter fraud
- Election of US President by Popular Vote
- Repeal proof-of-citizenship requirement for new voter registration
- Disallow anonymous bills
- Require all votes of legislators be recorded
- Eliminate “Gut and Go”
- Change the process for the appointment of committee members and committee chairs and the process for scheduling bills to be debated in each chamber
School Finance: Provide funding for public education (pre-K-12) education that is adequate and equitable
Taxes: Create a broad-based state tax system that has diverse sources of revenue and that is equitable, provides adequate revenue, and is effectively and economically administered
Death Penalty Abolition of the Death Penalty
· Support Medicaid Expansion for Kansas
· Support Women’s right to reproductive choice
Now is the time, Voting Rights Advocates!
We have been calling, writing and meeting with our Senators and Representatives. Now is the time they really need to hear us. This Tuesday, both the House and Senate will have a hearing on Election Day Registration (EDR). This legislation is a common sense, bipartisan, proven solution to increasing voter turnout, especially in historically disenfranchised communities. Now is the time to throw in for this important work!
Here’s what you can do:
Attend a hearing: Show up in full attire! Wear your brightest blue to the committee meetings so they can see the support as they take a vote! Both hearings are on Tuesday, 2/19:
9:30 am at Senate Ethics and Elections Committee, Room 142-S (SB43)
3:30 pm at House Elections Committee, Room 212-N (HB2092)
Call your elected officials: If you can’t make it to Topeka, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t hear from you. Call, write, and email about your support for EDR! You can look up who your legislators are and what their contact information is here!
Share your support publicly: Write a letter to the editor in support of EDR. Here is a “how to” one pagerto help guide you through this process. Send it on over to me when you’re done.
To learn more about our campaign to increase citizen participation in Kansas and Election Day Registration, click here.
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LWVJoCo in the news
ACLU files lawsuit over rejected ballots
The Shawnee Mission Post reported: The lawsuit seeks the names of the Johnson County voters whose ballots were rejected because the election office said the signatures on their mail-in ballots did not match the signature the election office had on file.
Ellen Miller, LWVJoCo president commented: “It is essential that all Kansas local election offices publicize the criteria for not counting some ballots. Transparency in the entire voting process helps inspire needed public confidence. The League of Women Voters is committed to helping citizens exercise their constitutional right to vote. Your Voice is your Vote.”
Watch LWVJoCo President Ellen Miller speak about the vote counting issues Johnson County experienced in the primary and our expectations for greater responsiveness for the November election. Aired August 15 on KSHB Channel 41.
Judge rejects Kansas voter law
KANSAS CITY STAR, June 25, 2018
Review feedback from newly registered voters and see how the voter citizenship law has impacted League voter registration drives. Read more
TOPEKA , June 20, 2018
A federal judge has struck down a Kansas voter citizenship law that Secretary of State Kris Kobach had personally defended. Read more
League of Women voters marks victory in federal court voting rights case
Read more of this June 19, 2018 press release.
Supreme Court decision fails voters
The Supreme Court’s June 11 decision ruled against Ohio voters in the case Husted v A. Philips Randolph Institute — upholding the state’s practice of purging voters who missed voting in a single election, no matter the reason.
This is unacceptable. We cannot look the other way while thousands of eligible voters are kept from participating in our democracy. The League of Women Voters efforts to fight for the rights of every voter is more important now than ever before.
The Supreme Court got this one wrong. The right to vote is not “use it or lose it.” The public trust in the fairness of our election is badly shaken. This decision will fuel the fire of voter suppressors across the country who want to make sure their chosen candidates win reelection — no matter what the voters say.
The League argues that Ohio’s practice of purging voters for missing a single election no matter what the reason — serving our country, caring for a sick child, or working — violated the National Voter Registration Act and kept hundreds of thousands of eligible, registered voters from participating in the 2016 elections. We have to be ready to fight when other states take this decision as a green light to implement more aggressive voter purges for the coming 2018 elections and beyond.
Jen Miller, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio said it best, “Not only did Ohio voters not find justice today, but the high court has opened up the opportunity for extreme voter purging in other states across the country. Today’s decision further limits the Voter Registration Act with an unreliable and unreasonable flag that carries a big impact.”
A democracy is strongest when every voice can be heard — when every eligible voter can cast their vote and have it counted. The League of Women Voters will continue to fight for voting rights, for equality at the ballot box and equal representation in government. Chris Carson, president LWV US
Take Action: Citizenship Question is Bad for the Census
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has chosen to include a question on the U.S. Census pertaining to citizenship. Including this question on the Census will discourage participation and impact the data collected in every community across the country.
This decision is bad for the census, bad for our communities and bad for America.
The Census occurs once every 10 years, so it is imperative to get the most accurate count. Every community relies on Census data — from apportioning our national representatives to making decision about public safety and neighborhood resources — this information impacts every aspect of our lives. A fair and accurate count lets our leaders and businesses make sound investment decisions that keep our communities thriving.
Including a citizenship question on the Census undermines the rights of eligible voters and threatens a process vital to our democracy. We will do everything in our power to correct this issue before it’s too late. Stand with the League as we fight back against this decision. Sign the petition.
KCUR (89.3 FM) Statehouse Blend is one-part profile and one-part insider look at the Kansas Legislature. Each week, host Sam Zeff welcomes a state representative or senator to the podcast to talk policy and politics, as well as their personal life. We also invite a citizen voice and journalist to round out the conversation over good coffee and donuts. You can hear part of the conversation every Tuesday on Up To Date at 11 a.m.
Civil rights: Kansas Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights issues report about voting rights and the SAFE Act. The report urges the Kansas legislature to reconsider voting requirements in the context of these findings.
LWVK State Council included a presentation, “Effect on Schools by State Education Funding” by Saline School Superintendent William Hall.
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