The deadline to register if you plan to vote in the Aug. 2 primary is quickly approaching.
Registration books will close on Tuesday, with advance voting by mail and in person beginning Wednesday, July 13. Manhattan/Riley County League of Women Voters past president Cathy Hedge says the League is encouraging people to be informed and vote.
The Aug. 2 primary includes a question for voters regarding the constitutionality of abortion rights in Kansas, a topic that has had more attention in the past two weeks, following the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which for nearly 50 years protected the right to choose at the federal level.
A no vote would make no changes to the constitution. A yes vote would affirm there is no constitutional right to abortion or to require the government funding of abortion. Hedge says a yes vote wouldn’t officially outlaw abortion, at least not right away.
As summer is a busy season for travel, Hedge notes that some may opt for advance voting for convenience, whether that’s in person or by mail.
The last day to request an advanced mail ballot is July 26.
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. It has however taken a stance on the issue, advocating for a no vote.
The Value Them Both Coalition meanwhile is advocating for a yes vote. The coalition is led by Kansas Family Voice (formerly Family Policy Alliance of Kansas), Kansans for Life, and the Kansas Catholic Conference.