It’s the day before the election and you remember, even though you had good intentions, you failed to register to vote. No problem. At least that’s the case in 17 states plus the District of Columbia. They offer same day voter registration (SDVR).
These are states that want to encourage in as many ways as legally possible, participation in the voting process.
Since 2015, the Kansas Black Legislative Caucus has continued to be a strong voice for the passage of SDVR bill in Kansas. We’ finally getting some action. Both the Kansas House and Senate are considering the SDVR bills this year.
The House Elections committee will hold a hearing on HB 2092 a Same Day Voters Registration bill on Tues., Feb. 19, 3:30 pm, in room 212-N of the Kansas Capitol. The bill will be “worked” by the committee on Thurs., Feb. 21.
The Senate Ethics, Elections & Local Government Committee Meeting will hold a hearing on SB43, their version of the Same Dave Voters Registration bill on Tues., Feb. 19, 9:30 am, in Room 142-South of the Kansas Capitol.
If you can attend the hearings, please do. It would be great to pack the room.
Please also send an email or call the members of these committees and let them know you support this bill and that you think it’s important for the State to make voting as legally accessible as possible to Kansas voters.
THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS AND EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS IS AT THE END OF THIS STORY
Each committee has less than 10 members, but if it’s too much for you to send an email to all of them, at minimum send an email of support to both committee chairs.
There is strong evidence that same day and Election Day registration increases voter turnout, but the extent of the impact is difficult to conclude. Immediately following the implementation of SDR, states usually see a boost in voter numbers. Same day registration states also tend to outperform other states in terms of turnout percentages.
Studies reveal no conclusive evidence of whether SDVR shapes partisan outcomes or whether certain populations are more likely to benefit, but KBLC doesn’t care. They just want to make voting as accessible as possible to all.
Don’t know what to say in your email. Here’s a quick statement that works.
“I’m writing in support of the passage of Same Day Voter Registration in Kansas. As a member of a legislative committee that will be conducting a hearing on a SDVR bill, I encourage you to keep in mind how important the right to vote is and to do all you can to help make it accessible legally to as many Kansans as we can. Please cast your vote in support of the SDVR Bill in your committee.
the SAFE Act, while still addressing the Secretary of State’s concern about ‘voter fraud,’” said Bonita Gooch, president of the Kansas Black Leadership Council.
SB 43 Same Day Voter Registration Bill Hearing
Senate Ethics, Elections & Local Government Committee Meeting @ 9:30 am in Room 142-South
Committee Chair Sen. Elaine Bowers Elaine.Bowers@senate.ks.gov Concordia 785-296-7389
Vice Chair Sen. Randall Hardy Randall.Hardy@senate.ks.gov Salina 785-296-7369
Ranking Minority Member David.Haley@senate.ks.gov Kansas City 785-296-7376
Kevin Braun Kevin.Braun@senate.ks.gov Kansas City 785-296-7357
Jim Denning Jim.Denning@senate.ks.gov Overland Park 785-296-2497
Oletha Faust-Goudeau Oletha.Faust-Goudeau@senate.ks.gov Wichita (785)-296-7387
Carolyn McGinn Carolyn.McGinn@senate.ks.gov Sedgwick (785)-296-7377
John Skubal John.Skubal@senate.ks.gov Overland Park (785)-296-7301
Susan Wagle Susan.Wagle@senate.ks.gov Wichita (785)-296-2419
HB 2092 Same Day Voters Registration Hearing
Tuesday, Feb. 19th in the Elections Committee at 3:30 pm, room 212-N.
Then the bill will be worked on Thursday Feb. 21st.
The Chairman is Bill Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org Gardner 785 296-7676
Vice Chair Black Carpenter is email@example.com Derby (785) 296-7567
And the Ranking Democrat is Brett Parker firstname.lastname@example.org Overland Park 785 296-5413
Representative Francis Awerkamp email@example.com St. Marys (785) 296-6989
Lonnie Clark Lonnie.firstname.lastname@example.org Junction City (785) 375-2428
Kenneth Collins email@example.com Mulberry (785) 296-7698
Willie Dove firstname.lastname@example.org Bonner Springs (785) 296-7677
Tim Hodge email@example.com North Newton (785) 295-2361
J.C. Moore J.C.Moore@house.ks.gov Clearwater (785) 296-1177
Jarrod Ousley firstname.lastname@example.org Merriam (785) 296-7366
Bill Rhiley Bill.Rhiley@house.ks.gov Wellington 785 296-7671
Paul Waggoner Paul.Waggoner@house.ks.gov Hutchinson (785) 296-7196
Brandon Whipple email@example.com Wichita (785) 296-7366