Kansas is the epicenter of this movement to undermine the right to vote. Former Secretary of State Kris Kobach has created many new restrictions on voting in Kansas, making it harder for eligible citizens to register to vote and to cast a ballot. Sec. Kobach convinced the Kansas Legislature to pass the nation’s most restrictive voter registration requirement. That “papers please” requirement forced eligible citizens to produce a birth certificate, passport, or similar document in order to register. Tens of thousands of Kansans either struggle to find those documents, or simply do not have them. Since they cannot produce a piece of paper, they are prevented from registering and are disenfranchised.  Just three other states have a similar requirement; all adopted it after being prompted by Sec. Kobach and none enforces it as harshly as Kansas does.

In June 2018, a federal district court struck down these illegal voter restrictions related to citizenship documents in Fish v. Kobach, a lawsuit brought by the ACLU. 

In addition, Sec. Kobach has tried to stop eligible citizens who use federally-issued voter registration forms or who register to vote at motor vehicle offices from voting in state and local elections. He has argued that those eligible citizens should only be allowed to vote in federal elections—not state and local ones, like for governor or the state legislature—even though a judge has ruled that the Secretary of State does not have the authority to set up such a system.

Our Let Kansas Vote! Campaign focuses on four major initiatives:

For more information about any of these initiatives, contact us. You can also learn more and join our Election Protection efforts or access our Know Your Voting Rights resources.

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