Kansas has been the epicenter of a movement to undermine the right to vote. In recent years, elections officials here created new voting restrictions, making it more difficult for eligible citizens to register to vote and to cast a ballot. Under one of the nation’s most restrictive voter registration requirements -- the “papers please” requirement compelling eligible citizens to produce a birth certificate, passport, or similar document in order to register -- tens of thousands of Kansans struggled to find those documents, or simply did not have them. Since they could not produce a piece of paper, they were prevented from registering and were disenfranchised. Just three other states had a similar requirement.
In June 2018, however, a federal district court struck down these illegal voter restrictions related to citizenship documents in Fish v. Kobach, a lawsuit brought by the ACLU.
Our Let Kansas Vote! Campaign focuses on four major initiatives:
- The ACLU of Kansas mounted a vigorous legal challenge on restrictions on the right to vote. Read more about our lawsuits against Sec. of State Kris Kobach and the state’s illegal, unnecessary efforts to limit voting rights here.
- We are engaged in advocacy at the Kansas Legislature to repeal restrictions on the right to vote.
- We are mobilizing Kansans to bring election day registration to Kansas. Learn more about election day registration, and what it can do to improve voter turnout and civic engagement.
- We are building support among Kansans for the federal government to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which will protect the right to vote across the United States. The Act would stop Kansas and other states from passing new voting laws that are discriminatory or suppress the vote. Read more about the Voting Rights Advancement Act here.