October 12, 2020

KDP Calls for Expanded Voting Options in Wyandotte County

Topeka, KS – The Kansas Democratic Party is alarmed at the lack of ballot drop boxes and advance in-person voting locations designated for Wyandotte County – one of the state’s most populous and diverse areas in the state – by Election Officer Bruce Newby.

Compared to the state’s other most populous counties, Wyandotte County is providing significantly less options for voters to cast their ballots for this crucial election:

Graphic Made by the KDP 

Ballot drop box locations per county:

  • Johnson County: 8
  • Sedgwick County: 14
  • Douglas County: 7
  • Wyandotte County: 2

Early in-person voting locations, dates, and hours per county:

  • Johnson County: 10 locations
    • Early in-person voting begins 10/17
    • Includes three Saturdays options (10/17, 10/24, 10/31) at all 9 locations from 9 AM – 3 PM.
    • All 10 locations will offer evening hours on 10 business days until 7 PM.
  • Sedgwick County: 18 locations
    • Early in-person voting begins 10/19
    • Includes one Saturday option (10/31) at all 18 locations from 9 AM – 4 PM.
    • One location will offer evening hours on 8 business days, 16 additional locations offering evening hours on 3 business days.
  • Douglas County: 7 locations
    • Early in-person voting begins 10/14
    • Includes two Saturday options (10/24, 10/31) at 7 locations from 9 AM – 3 PM.
    • Five locations will offer evening hours on 5 business days until 7 PM; 4 locations offering evening voting on 5 business days until 6 PM.
  • Wyandotte County: 3 locations
    • Early in-person voting begins 10/20
    • Includes two Saturday options (10/24,10/31) at 3 locations from 10 AM – 4 PM.
    • No evening hours offered. Many locations close on weekdays at 4 PM.

In response to this clear infraction on Wyandotte County residents’ constitutional right to vote, Kansas Democratic Party Executive Director Ben Meers issued the following statement: 

“Wyandotte County Election Officer Bruce Newby is following the same voter suppression tricks as his previous appointer Kris Kobach. By limiting ballot drop boxes, early voting locations and operational hours for in-person early voting, Newby’s policies will disenfranchise Wyandotte County residents – many of whom are people of color – by making it more difficult for them to safely cast their ballots.

Every Kansan has the right to vote safely and in the manner that works best for their schedule. Bruce Newby must expand the number of ballot drop boxes in Wyandotte County and increase early voting hours and locations to address this injustice.”

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The KDP encourages all hardworking Kansans to call our voter protection hotline at 844-KSVOTES or visit kansasdems.org/vote to learn more about voting during this crucial election year.

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