The ACLU of Kansas is committed to defending the right to vote and upholding secure, accessible means of voting for all. As such, we are deeply concerned about the many election-related bills introduced this session that limit the accessibility of voting for Kansans or tampers with a well-functioning electoral system because of unsubstantiated concerns about the integrity of our elections. There is not now, nor has there been, any legitimate reason to limit the use of ballot boxes in Kansas. Though not explicitly stated, a potential outcome of HB 2053 is the creation of regulations that will undermine the principles we are trying to uphold. Because of this, we oppose HB 2053.
We value local control of elections, within established law, for a very important reason: what works in one county will not always, or even often, work in another.