While today is the voter registration deadline to vote in the Missouri primary, Kansans still have one more week before their voter registration deadline in order to vote in the Aug. 7 Kansas primary election.
Today area voter registration organizers met in Kansas City, Kansas, to launch a weeklong effort to encourage voter registration and voter engagement in Kansas, but especially in Wyandotte and Johnson counties. Eligible Kansas residents who want to vote in the upcoming Aug. 7 primary election must be registered to vote by July 17.
Voter engagement participants said they want to ensure that Kansas residents can make their voices heard and it starts with registering to vote.
“Voting is a constitutional right, not a privilege,” said Brian McClendon, the co-creator of KSvotes.org, a new, non-partisan voter registration app. “You have a right to make your voice heard and your vote count.”
“Registering to vote in Kansas should be as efficient as using Google Maps to find your way home,” McClendon said. He demonstrated how eligible Kansas residents can register to vote at home or on-the-go using KSvotes.org online or by using the app on your phone or tablet. It only takes three to five minutes to register to vote in Kansas using the non-partisan app.
“A federal judge’s ruling last month overturned the Kansas voter registration law that had led to voter suppression,” McClendon said. “The former law stopped tens of thousands of eligible Kansans who wanted to register to vote. That restrictive law is gone. Now voter registration is literally at your fingertips.”
Today’s non-partisan voter registration and training event was launched with the help of Let America Vote that supports voter rights, and The Voter Registration Project, whose mission is to register all the applicable voters across Kansas and Missouri.
A voter registration event is planned on Wednesday, July 11, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Eisenhower Room, 5th and Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas.
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. with the program beginning at noon in the Eisenhower Room.
The Rev’d Up event is sponsored by Let America Vote and The Voter Registration Project.
Speakers will include Jason Kander, the president of Let America Vote and a former Missouri secretary of state; and Brian McClendon, creator of KSVotes App and former Google vice president, who will demonstrate a voter registration app he helped create, KSvotes.org.
As a recent court ruling overturned some voter registration requirements in Kansas, this training session is being held to engage new voters and train those who want to register them.
The voter registration deadline is Tuesday, July 17, in Kansas.
The voter app, KSVotes.org, makes it possible to register to vote within five minutes from a cell phone, a tablet or online from a home computer.
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/VoterRegistrationProject/.