KANSAS IS HOLDING ITS DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY ON AUGUST 2 – MAKE SURE YOUR VOICE IS HEARD!
What elections are there in Kansas? What am I voting for?
Kansas will hold a Democratic Primary on August 2 for US Representatives and US Senate as well as state-wide offices such as Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, and your State House Representatives. The winners of these Democratic primary races will go up against the Republicans in the November 8, 2022 General Election.
All Kansas overseas voters can vote in these crucial races. And we urge you to VOTE NO on the proposed Amendment to the Kansas State Constitution (see statement below from KDP Chair Vicki Hiatt).
Laura Kelly is running unopposed in the Democratic Primary for Governor, but she’s going to face a tough race against the Republican nominee in November. A big turnout in the Primary will help galvanize support for the November General election.
And please vote your full ballot, Kansas state elections are hugely important! State government is responsible for voting and state policies regarding climate change, abortion and reproductive rights, education, healthcare, net neutrality, student loans, and more that affect us no matter where we go around the world.
In addition to your Senator and your representatives in the US House and Kansas State House, Democrats are seeking nominations for Secretary of State and Attorney General. All of these offices are crucial to ensure the 2024 elections are fair, open, and inclusive.
1) Register to Vote and Request Your Ballot Today
It's easy to request your ballot. And your ballot request covers all elections in 2022, so send the form in now and ensure your ballot for the August 2th Primary and for the November 8th General election.
Go to www.votefromabroad.org and follow the prompts to fill out the form to request your ballot, the Federal Post Card Application form (FPCA). (If needed, it will also serve as a voter registration.) To ensure you receive your ballot in time, please check the box on the FPCA to have your blank ballot sent to you by “Email/Online” or “Fax”.
To vote in Kansas’s Democratic Primary, you must also specify “Democratic” or “No party preference” as your political party.
You can send in your FPCA to your local election office in Kansas by email (recommended) or fax or mail.
To vote in the August 2 Primary, your form must be received (if sent by email or fax) or postmarked (if sent by mail) by August 2, 2022.
2) When You Get Your Ballot, Fill It Out and Send It Back Right Away
Ballots will start going out on June 18, 2022. If you asked for your ballot by email, be sure to check your spam folder and any secondary inboxes.
When you get your ballot, fill it out and send it back away. You may return your ballot by email attachment or fax as well as by mail. Your voted ballot must be received in Kansas by August 2.
3) Confirm That Your Ballot Was Accepted and Counted
After you send in your ballot, make sure your vote is counted!
You can check your ballot status online using https://myvoteinfo.voteks.org/voterview
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Or, you can email or call your local election office directly. You can find the contact information at: www.votefromabroad.org/states/KS; scroll down to "Find Your Election Office"
Statement from KDP Chair Vicki Hiatt Urging All Kansas Voters to VOTE NO on the Amendment to the Kansas State Constitution:
“The state of Kansas faces a critical election this August. Our constitutional right to make personal healthcare decisions is at serious risk. Kansans deserve the right to make personal health care decisions, free from political or government interference. The constitutional amendment on the August 2nd primary ballot gives politicians the power to ban abortion completely.
Kansas Republicans want to get between a woman and her doctor, even in the case of rape, incest, or medical complications – and putting the amendment on the August 2022 primary ballot is a way to play dirty politics and hide it from voters in the historically low-turnout election. We need every Kansas Democratic voter, wherever you are in the world, to vote in this primary election. The Kansas Democratic Party will do everything in our power to defend access to abortion and elect Democrats who will defend reproductive freedoms for all Kansans.
Kansas is set to be the first state in line to vote on reproductive freedom following the Supreme Court decision. On August 2nd, the constitutional amendment on the ballot will pave the way for a total ban on abortion in Kansas --- we must vote NO!”
By two-thirds vote of the Kansas Legislature, a constitutional amendment will be placed on the August 2, 2022 ballot. This question will be at the end of every ballot and every registered voter in Kansas is eligible to vote on this question. If you are not affiliated with a political party holding a primary election, you will be eligible to vote a nonpartisan ballot that includes the constitutional amendment.
As passed by the Kansas House and Senate, the following language will be printed on the ballot:
Explanatory statement. The Value Them Both Amendment would affirm there is no Kansas constitutional right to abortion or to require the government funding of abortion, and would reserve to the people of Kansas, through their elected state legislators, the right to pass laws to regulate abortion, including, but not limited to, in circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, or when necessary to save the life of the mother.
A vote for the Value Them Both Amendment would affirm there is no Kansas constitutional right to abortion or to require the government funding of abortion, and would reserve to the people of Kansas, through their elected state legislators, the right to pass laws to regulate abortion.
A vote against the Value Them Both Amendment would make no changes to the constitution of the state of Kansas, and could restrict the people, through their elected state legislators, from regulating abortion by leaving in place the recently recognized right to abortion.
Shall the following be adopted?
- 22. Regulation of abortion.Because Kansans value both women and children, the constitution of the state of Kansas does not require government funding of abortion and does not create or secure a right to abortion. To the extent permitted by the constitution of the United States, the people, through their elected state representatives and state senators, may pass laws regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, laws that account for circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, or circumstances of necessity to save the life of the mother.
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