Improving

Voter Engagement

In Kansas

Stopping Voter Suppression in Kansas

All Kansans should feel safe, welcomed, and able to participate fully in their communities under equal protection of the law. Kansas Appleseed’s approach to increase civic participation is twofold: preventing voter suppression laws from advancing and encouraging Kansans to vote.

In recent years, Kansas Appleseed has witnessed an alarming rise in voter suppression laws that disproportionately impact vulnerable communities, and we have challenged these laws in the Statehouse and in the courts.

We also work to increase voter turnout by educating Kansans about the issues that matter most to them and demonstrate how their vote has the power to change their lives and their community’s overall health.

Understanding Voting
in Kansas

89%

89% of Kansans ages 18 or older are registered to vote.

71%

71% of registered voters voted in the 2020 general election (62% of all Kansans 18 or older).

52%

52% of registered voters voted in the 2022 midterm election (46% of all Kansans 18 or older)

Resources

SOUL Family Legal Permanency Program

In partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, this program was designed by and for young people in foster care to reflect their vision of family and supportive adult networks.

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Strengthen Families Rebuild Hope

Kansas Appleseed is a part of the Strengthen Families Rebuild Hope (SFRH) coalition, an independent coalition formed in 2018 advocating for a better foster care system for Kansas kids. The coalition has convened town halls, produced reports on the status of Kansas’s foster care system, and advocated for statewide reforms. SFRH is comprised of youth who have experienced foster care, foster parents, social workers, and other allies.

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Litigation Partners

The fight to reform our state’s foster care system isn’t just important to Kansans; it is also important across the country. In our 2018 lawsuit (M.B. v. Howard), we partnered with these individuals and organizations to transform the broken foster care system and end years of victimization and trauma for Kansas children.

Join the Fight Against Voter Suppression in Kansas

We must ensure our state enables all its eligible citizens to exercise their right to vote. Kansans, working together, can build a state full of thriving, inclusive, and just communities.

Contact us about advocacy opportunities. We’ll provide the information, strategies, and motivation to create a supportive system for democracy.

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A Clear Vision of the Future for Kansas

All Kansans should have the resources they need to support themselves and raise healthy families.

All Kansans should be able to participate fully in their communities.

All Kansans benefit from a fair and effective system of justice.

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