Elections Have Consequences, vote!

We woke up this morning to the President of the United States declaring in a tweet that the 2020 General Election should be delayed. We can all agree that the 2016 election has had ground-shaking consequences. But every election does, even the smallest municipal post can have far-reaching effects on the members of that community.

Next Tuesday is the Kansas Primary Election for 2020. You can find a list of candidates who will appear on statewide ballots at the website of the Kansas Secretary of State. We're going to leave finding that site as an exercise, because we want you to instead focus on your own ballot. Who is on your ballot next Tuesday?

Do you have a critical race on your ballot this Primary? What do we mean by that? Well, some primary races, although between people of the same political party, still involve candidates with diametrically opposing views. One of those candidates will win, and it could be the one whose views do not closely match yours.

Other primary races have no opponent from the other party in the General Election, making this Primary the de facto election. In fact, a quick look at the Secretary of State's list shows at least 21 races with nobody on the other side. In the Kansas Senate, Districts 14, 15, 24, 33, and 39 will all be decided on Tuesday. In the Kansas House, Districts 1, 6, 8, 10, 22, 37, 42, 51, 76, 93, 113, 115, and 124. Even the District Court Judges, at the bottom of the ballot, have this phenomenon. District 13, Position 4 has four candidates, all from only one party. Even District Attorney! Districts 7 and 29 have only candidates from one party running.

Are any of those races yours? Are they in the party you can vote for? (In Primaries in Kansas you can only vote for the party with which you are registered, though if you're registered but Unaffiliated, you can vote at the polls by declaring a party right there and re-registering.)

Every race is important, but in some cases, you might not know who to vote for. We have a new candidate survey you can look at to see where some candidates stand on the issues important to you. Not all candidates have filled it out, but it might be the one you're interested in has.

Finally, our political action committee has endorsed in a handful of important primary races. You can see their list on their website at MainPAC.org.

Whatever you do, please vote in this Primary Election, and in the General Election in November. Our democracy depends on you, and elections have consequences. Wear a mask. Do more than vote.

As always, we are very interested to hear your comments or reactions to everything we do. Reply to this email, or use our contact form to get in touch.

Thank you,

Danny Novo
Communications Director

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