KCK voter rally hopes to boost turnout in election

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., spoke during a rally today in downtown Kansas City, Kan., to get out the vote. (Photo by William Crum)
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., spoke during a rally today in downtown Kansas City, Kan., to get out the vote. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

More than 100 people gathered Saturday at the parking lot behind the Brotherhood Bank on Minnesota Avenue in a rally to encourage people to get out and vote.

Those attending the rally included Jill Docking, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor; Kelly Kultala, the Democratic candidate for U.S. representative, 3rd District; and U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo.

“I really want to encourage people to get out and vote,” Rep. Cleaver said. “Realize it or not, one vote does make a difference. That is why I’m here to encourage people to get out and vote.”

Jill Docking, who is running for the lieutenant governor position in Kansas said, “We are doing a grassroots campaign. We really want to encourage people to get out and vote. This is why I’m here.”

Kelly Kultala, a Democrat from Kansas City, Kan., is running for the Congressional seat against incumbent Rep. Kevin Yoder, a Republican from Overland Park.

“I really want to encourage people to get out and vote,” Kultala said. “Your vote does make a difference. It is your right.”

After the meeting everyone had a chance to meet the candidates and all were encouraged to vote early.

Advance voting took place at two sites on Saturday. The election is Tuesday, Nov. 4, and the regular polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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