Voting by mail: The time is now

The Kansas primary election is August 4. The general election is Nov. 3. Both should be held by mail, requiring a change to Kansas law.

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March 27, 2020 - 3:18 PM

Kansas needs to start voting by mail immediately. Our democracy may hang in the balance.

Michael Smith Insight Kansas

With the COVID-19 pandemic showing no signs of subsiding, elections may become very complicated this August and November. Turnout may be low. Seven states have already responded to the pandemic by postponing their Presidential primaries, while others are making changes such as abolishing in-person caucusing. The Kansas primary election is scheduled for August 4. The general election will be held Nov. 3. Both should be held by mail. This will require a change to Kansas law, initiated by the Legislature immediately.

Kansas Democrats decided earlier to make voting by mail an option in their Presidential primary this year. On the other hand, Kansas Republicans are not holding a Presidential primary this year — a deeply troubling precedent which we must not follow. Not to be confused with the Presidential primary, the primary election is held in August. It is the one in which voters choose party nominees for other offices. Those include this year’s hotly contested races for Congress, U.S. Senate, and the balance of power in both houses of the Kansas Legislature.

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