Letters to the editor

Staff Writer
The Kansan

A statement in support of diversity and justice

The Kansas Democratic Party Platform, in order to strengthen and enrich Kansas communities, specifically includes statements that support the human rights of all Kansans, and calls for an end to discrimination based on religion, race, ethnicity, age, gender, and sexual orientation. The platform recognizes the wide-ranging diversity of Kansas communities and calls for a criminal justice system that treats all Kansans with dignity and respect.

The Harvey County Democratic Party stands firm with these principles.

In light of recent events, we feel it is time to rededicate ourselves to the ideals that for years have been a hallmark of the Democratic Party. We have experienced outrage and deep sadness as we witnessed the death of yet another Black citizen by police officers, and then continued to hear of more such tragic events. Sadly, an event sponsored by a western Kansas arm of another political party featured a keynote speaker who is an avowed and widely published racist and spokesman for an organization identified as an anti-Muslim hate group.

Times, though, are changing, and Kansans are beginning to insist that their communities become places where all people are welcome, valued, and all are guaranteed the same rights. For example, a group of wonderful young people from Harvey County recently organized a local Black Lives Matter event. The gathering was peaceful, educational, and inspirational. Heartbreaking stories were shared which in turn raised participant awareness of our need to do more than give lip service to the issues of diversity and justice, and to immerse ourselves in resolution. Addressing these issues begins with understanding ourselves and how much we, as individuals and organizations, need to learn as we pursue these laudable and necessary goals.

— Arnita Haury; Gwen Claassen; Christine Downey-Schmidt; Bob Becker ; Fran Miller; Gordon Schmidt; Virginia Benninghoff ; Stephanie Thompson; Kyle Baymiller; Evelyn Adams; Angela Becker; Charlie Robinson; Rodger Nugent; Donald Snapp; Sylvia Kelly; Michele Grover; Dennis Campbell; Merrill Raber; Mike Grover; Nathan Dominquez; Boots Raber; Phebia Williams; Laura Thomas ; Cindy McAnulty

Registration deadline looms

We are quickly approaching the 2020 primary election. With so much happening in our state and country, we want to remind you the deadline to register to vote in the primary election is July 14.

Whether you are registering for the first time, have moved, or changed your name, you must complete a voter registration form. Registering to vote is easy, safe, and quick! Kansans can register to vote online, by mail, or at the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

To register to vote online, you must have a valid Kansas driver’s license or non-driver’s identification card. Individuals who do not have a Kansas driver’s license or non-driver’s identification card will need to register to vote using a paper application.

We also strongly encourage registered voters to confirm their voter registration information is correct before heading to the polls.

Online election resources:

Online voter registration | https://myvoteinfo.voteks.org/voterview

Update voter registration | https://myvoteinfo.voteks.org/voterview

Verify your voter information | https://myvoteinfo.voteks.org/voterview

We encourage all eligible Kansans to exercise their right to vote in the 2020 elections. But, before you do, make sure to update your voter registration information or register to vote before July 14.

— Scott Schwab, Kansas Secretary of State