VOTER SUPPRESSION

WHY IT MATTERS

Voter suppression happens in many different ways. 

  • It may come on election day, in the form of arduous ID requirements, or the relocation of a polling place, as happened in Kansas.  Some voters face intimidation from people outside the polling place, harassing questions about a voters' qualification to vote, false information about voting requirements, or people posing as election officials or poll workers, discouraging people from voting.
     

  • It can come in advance, in the form of manipulating voter registration records, with the state or county intentionally deleting certain types of voters. 
     

  • It can also come in the form of gerrymandering, which allows the party in power to redraw district maps to their advantage.  
     

All of these actions work to lessen the power of specific voters, usually minority voters.  

If you experience any sort of voter suppression, report it to Election Protection
(866-687-8683) immediately.

CALLS TO ACTION

Voting in Kansas

 

Kris Kobach's efforts to suppress voters are still being dismantled in Kansas - in the legislature and the courts.  His proof of citizenship requirement resulted in nearly 36,000 voters unable to vote in 2016, while finding less than a dozen "illegal" voters.  

 

While the courts have ruled against the "Kansas Secure and Fair Elections Act" requirement for proof of citizenship when registering, Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab continues to try to resurrect the bill.

Here's what you can do:
 

  • Make sure you are registered to vote at ksvotes.org.
     

  • Ask your representative to strike the "Kansas Secure and Fair Elections Act" requirement for proof of citizenship from the state's laws.
     

  • Ask your representatives (in both Kansas and Missouri) to make voting easier with (1) Election day registration; (2) Longer polling hours; and (3) Weekend voting.

 

NEWS & BACKGROUND INFO

 

LEGISLATION

Click through to read more about bills, their status, full text, sponsors and how specific elected representatives voted. (Best viewed on a larger screen.)  

Colors bars to the left of bills indicate IKC strong support (bright green) to strong oppose (dark red). 

We will be ranking more pieces of proposed legislation in the 2020 session.  If you'd like to help us sort through the bills introduced regarding voter suppression, rights and protections, go to our volunteer form, here.

**Data supplied by Bill Track 50**

 
 
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