Kansas Mental
Health Coalition

Get Out and Vote Today - Tips + Constitutional Amendment

November 04, 2014 8:33 AM | Anonymous


Hopefully, you have already been involved in local campaigns, showed up to your candidate’s fundraiser and thanked him or her for caring about mental health issues.  This morning, you got up a little early, walked out the door past the campaign signs posted in your yard, and dropped by your local polling place on the way to work.  The “I Voted” sticker on your lapel shows that you are way ahead of the game.

No?  Well, it is not too late to support the policymakers who have supported you.  MAKE IT COUNT!  With the polls running very close in a number of races, your vote matters.

Here are a few hints to help you cast your vote.  Remember, the choices of our elected officials WILL impact your life.  And, as always, if you have any questions at all, about voting or about your local candidates - please do not hesitate to call me at 785-969-1617.

The Kansas polling places opened at 7:00 a.m. and will close at 7:00 p.m.

Click this link https://myvoteinfo.voteks.org/VoterView/RegistrantSearch.do   for important information from the Secretary of State’s office – everything you need to know about your ballot!

Simply enter your county, name and birthdate to see the address of your polling place, the districts you live in, and your voting history.  Under Sample Ballots, click on the underlined color letters of your precinct ballot.  You can see all of the choices you will make in the voting booth. 

Now that you have all the information you need – GO VOTE!  And, by the way, it isn’t too late to call your local candidate and tell them you are supporting them.  They’ve been working very hard and a good word is always appreciated.  See the House of Representatives candidates list attached.

BRING YOUR PHOTO ID:  Info from the KS Secretary of State's website.

Starting January 1, 2012, Kansas voters must show photographic identification when casting a vote in person. If the photo ID has an expiration date on it, the ID must not have expired at the time of voting. An acceptable photo ID does not have to have an expiration date on the document in order to be valid. Persons age 65 or older may use expired photo ID documents. Acceptable forms of photo ID are:

·         A driver's license or nondriver's identification card issued by Kansas or by another state or district of the United States

·         A concealed carry of handgun license issued by Kansas or a concealed carry of handgun or weapon license issued by another state or district of the United States

·         A United States passport

·         An employee badge or identification document issued by a municipal, county, state, or federal government office

·         A military identification document issued by the United States

·         A student identification card issued by an accredited postsecondary institution of education in the state of Kansas

·         A public assistance identification card issued by a municipal, county, state or federal government office

·         An identification card issued by an Indian tribe

More information about Photo ID and how to obtain free photo ID or voter ID – go to : http://www.gotvoterid.com/valid-photo-ids.html#idlist   This won’t help you get an ID today, but you can cast a provisional ballot today and provide an ID to the election clerk before the county canvass.       



One more note – there is a constitutional amendment on the ballot regarding charitable raffles.  Currently, raffles of any kind are illegal in Kansas unless they are crafted in a way that gets around the letter of the law (i.e. doesn’t require purchase of an entry, or is somehow based on skill).  These loopholes are a convoluted way to get around our constitutional prohibition against lotteries (state lottery exempted of course).  KMHC has no official position on the issue.

Click here for information from the Department of Revenue about the ballot question    

(c) Kansas Mental Health Coalition, P.O. Box 4744, Topeka, KS  66604  785-969-1617

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