Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Wichita Branch is launching its Voter Registration "20 by 10" campaign!

About week ago I posted information about the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) and the disparity we found when comparing the number of licenced drivers in the State against the number of registered voters. Since then we conducted an informal poll on the AA-Roundtable, a local networking E-list.


Our poll question simply asked, "When you obtained or renewed your Kansas Drivers License, were you given any information concerning Voter Registration?"

The results were as follows:

YES - 0%
I think so - 0%
I don't recall - 7%
I don't think so - 28%
No I wasn't - 64%

We are continuing to gather information through personal interviews and observation of the operations at the DMV, but at the same time, we are pleased to annouce the beginning of what we are calling our "20 by 10" campaign. The idea is to add an additional 20,000 registered voters in the State of Kansas by the year 2010.
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We will accomplish this through targeted procedural and legislative advocacy efforts designed to make the State's statute and practices reflect the spirit and intent of the NVRA.

We will be meeting with Secretary of State in a couple weeks on this issue. Additionally, we've reached out to our Sedgwick County Voter Coalition partners, namely the League of Women Voters, to make this a more collaborative effort. Pending the outcome of our discussions with the SOS, we are also prepared to put together some draft legislation for the upcoming Kansas Legislative session.
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If you would like more information on Voter Registration, the "20 by 10" campaign, or if you'd like to register to vote, please send us an email at: politicalaffairs@wichitanaacp.org
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