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Flying Over The Cuckoo's Nest - Vote YES on #2!!


For those of you planning to vote...and for those of you looking for a good reason to vote...we at RAHN strongly encourage you to Vote YES on Number 2 on election day!!

In other words, we urge you to vote yes to the amendment to the Kansas Constitution that removes the ability of the legislature to prevent people with mental illness from voting.

Now, some of you might think "But I don't want crazy people voting!"

Of course, whether you knew it or not, "crazy people" already vote. In every single election. (And I'm not just talking about people who disagree with you :-)

That's because people with mental illness are everyday people — they pay taxes, work jobs, and raise families.

These people can be your friends, your family, your coworkers and neighbors. Your pastor, your hairdresser, your mechanic, your boss. They could agree with your own choice of candidates...or not.

But, the truth is that 1 in 4 Americans has a mental illness at some point in their lifetime, so you know darned well that "crazy people" already vote.

And those "crazy people" that most people think of when they think of mental illness? They aren't gonna be voting anyway.

So ask yourself this. Do you really want the Kansas Legislature to be able to take away the vote from people who live with depression? After all, Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill both struggled with major depression. As do people like Harrison Ford, Jim Carrey, Hugh Laurie, and millions of others.

Or how about severe anxiety? That would include people like Nicole Kidman and Howey Mandel and Nicholas Cage. Or maybe bipolar disorder? That would include Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ben Stiller, and Mel Gibson.

And do you REALLY want to be able to take the vote away from our heroes returning from Iraq and Afghanistan?? The almost 1 in 5 who currently suffer from PTSD?

Didn't think so.

So VOTE EARLY! VOTE OFTEN! And vote YES!! on Number 2.

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The Recovery and Hope Network (RAHN) is a small yet wildly successful local nonprofit serving people with severe and persistent mental illness in Douglas County. Written by members and staff of RAHN (it’s pronounced “rain”), the purpose of this blog – Flying Over The Cuckoo’s Nest – is to educate people about mental illness and the possibility of recovery, to reduce fear and stigma, and to reach out to those in need and their families and friends, neighbors and coworkers.

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Kendall Simmons 7 years, 7 months ago

No discussion that I know of.

However, do you really think it should matter??? After all, mental institutions are health care facilities, not jails or penal institutions.

By including mental institutions, this would allow the legislature to deny the vote to people who voluntarily commit themselves. Why should people get punished for this? It's not like mental illness is a crime.

Speaking of which, if someone is involuntarily committed because of being found incompetent to stand trial, that doesn't make them guilty of whatever they're accused of. It simply means they can't aid in their defense. After all, this is America...and people are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Nikki May 7 years, 7 months ago

And, being committed to a mental institution doesn't mean "looney bin" either. Some people who suffer from the afflictions in the original post do go to the hospital to regulate their medicines. Sometimes medications need to be changed and some medications really need to be monitored when going on or off. So, I'm agreeing that they should not put in the part about the mental institutions. Thanks for bringing this up. I hope people are reading this and just not commenting. It seems like the library issue is the only one that people are talking about.

SpeedRacer 7 years, 7 months ago

Most states had this same provision and have eliminated it (Arkansas eliminated it last election cycle). It is an archaic provision and should be eliminated. Also, many states have elimination the felony provision, as well. IMHO, a Constitution should always be an instrument to delineate and protect rights, never to deny or restrict them.

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