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Coalition plans rallies to promote Kansas constitutional amendment protecting right to vote for mentally ill

September 30, 2010


— Proponents of amending the Kansas Constitution to protect the voting rights of the mentally ill are planning six rallies before the Nov. 2 election.

The Kansas Mental Health Coalition is pushing the change, which must be approved by a simple majority of voters to become part of the constitution.

The rallies are scheduled Oct. 7 in Garden City, Oct. 11 in Independence, Oct. 12 in Hays, Oct. 15 in Olathe, Oct. 15 in Topeka and Oct. 18 in Wichita.

The proposed change would eliminate language in the constitution that authorizes legislators to deny voting rights to people with mental illness.

Kansas doesn't bar voting by people with mental illness, but supporters say the change would be a meaningful step.


jehovah_bob 7 years, 8 months ago

If we lose the right to vote for the mentally ill, will the entire state senate have to resign?

OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 8 months ago

I'm sure they couldn't make voting decisions any worse than the one's I've made in recent years.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 8 months ago

I fully support the right of Tea Party members, even Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck, to vote.

pizzapete 7 years, 8 months ago

I had no idea the mentally ill couldn't vote in KS. It would probably disqualify many voters and politicians if they were required to take a mental health test before voting. Sounds like discrimination to me.

advocate4u 7 years, 8 months ago

You wouldn't think it was "about nothing" if YOU were mentioned in the Constitution as one of the only groups the Legislature can take away the right to vote from. What if the Constitution said the Legislature can take away the right to vote from residents who reside in "Douglas County." Or any fan of the "Jayhawks." Or women? It's wrong for the Constitution, a document that is supposed to grant rights and liberties, to infringe upon the liberty interests of our citizens by sanctioning discrimination against an entire class of citizens.

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