Dear Governor Brownback,
I just need a quick moment of your time. There is a bill on the way to your desk that just passed the KS Senate – HB 2210. From the KC Star –
“House Bill 2210 would prevent voters who have a party affiliation from switching after the June 1 filing deadline until after primary results are certified in August. It would allow unaffiliated voters to change registration.”
Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/03/12/4884659/kansas-moves-toward-limiting-pre.html#storylink=cpy
Now there are some rumors floating around that people in one party switch parties to vote in the primary election to either 1. vote in the moderate candidate to beat the conservative in the primary election OR 2. vote the conservative in for hopes of an easy win come the general election (a la Missouri’s Todd Akin and Claire McCaskill race)
I’m asking you to please veto the bill. Let’s not make it any harder for Kansans to participate in the election process. A bill like this would only drive more people away from voting versus actually keeping the integrity of the election process. I mean really, just stop and think about the facts:
- In the last general election 66% of the population came out to vote.
- In 2013, 67.3% of the adult population of Kansas went to the dentist. (America’s Health Rankings)
Let that sink in for a moment. MORE people went to the dentist last year than came out to vote in the last election. We all know the jokes about hating going to dentists. Heck, I hate going to the dentist – no offense to any dentist reading this, however, it is pretty telling how hard it is to get people to vote in an election when going to the dentists wins by percentages.
I know…I know…there is a crazy rumor floating around that I switched parties from a Democrat to a Republican in order to stop some of the…how shall I put it…more radical legislation coming out of Topeka. I will own it. I did change parties, BUT I am just one Kansan. HB2210 didn’t stop me. I did it early, because I know that a moderate has a tough race in my district without any solid Democratic candidate and I want the moderate to win.
If your point is to stop people like me from doing it once the candidates are announced, it’s a long shot at best. I also think we can both agree that we shouldn’t be putting any stipulations around getting people to the polls. At this point, any Kansan who wants to come out to the polls should personally get a high-five from you Governor after they leave the polling booth just for showing up.
The point is we want to engage more voters with good candidates running on strong platforms not isolate those who choose to vote by forcing them to declare a party before they even know who the candidates are. You can’t tell me that there aren’t going to be some people who just throw up their hands and decide not to participate in the election if they are forced to declare a party so early.
You and I would both love to think that the election process is as clean and pure as the driven snow; however, strategic voting tactics have gone on ever since pro-slavery Missouri, border ruffians invaded Kansas in an attempt to make Kansas a slave state.
If the point of the bill is to stop shady campaign tactics, I call on the KS legislature to come up with a bill to stop negative campaign ads. You know the ads that run constantly during campaign season. These ads are usually pretty soft on facts and high on fear tactics. I think a bill like that would have Kansans singing “hallelujah” instead of HB2210.
So let’s just forget about my motives for changing parties and know that at least I’m INVOLVED in the political processes in Kansas. Keep more Kansans involved by vetoing this bill. Now I’ve got to run and call my dentist for a teeth cleaning. Turns out – I’m overdue.
Yours in participating in the political process,