SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 - I’m happy to be back with you this week! Thanks to all who take time to read my weekly column. I enjoy communicating with you.
This week, I want to talk about an awesome organization called Poor People’s Campaign. Founded in 1968 amid the civil rights movement, it was organized by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Initially beginning as a march on Washington, D.C., and other cities by poor people demanding fairer treatment, the organization has grown into a movement of people fighting for their rights regarding many issues of concern. It is a movement with muscle.
I am proud that SKIL and I partner with Poor People’s Campaign on occasion. They helped organize the Medicaid protest we attended at the Topeka State Capitol in March. And on October 3, 2020 we will join them again in Pittsburg for one of the Medicaid Marches being held across Kansas the week of September 28, again advocating for the expansion of Medicaid in our state.
The October 3rd March will start at 10 a.m. outside of the Pittsburg SKIL office at 216-D N. Broadway in Pittsburg and walk to nearby Senator Jerry Moran’s office. It will last at least an hour. SKIL employee Andy Rausch, a Medicaid heart transplant recipient, will be among the speakers at this event.
It is exciting to be working with Poor People’s Campaign to bring public awareness to the issues regarding our state not expanding Medicaid. Medicaid expansion would allow many people who work as personal care attendants to have access to medical coverage that, in return, would help people level the playing field when finding attendants. Many times good, caring individuals will have to leave their jobs as caregivers to get health insurance. This leaves a shortage in attendants.
Please join us October 3rd and help us raise support for Medicaid expansion. This will be a peaceful, legal, non-violent protest in accordance with our Constitutional rights as citizens. We will encourage participants to wear masks and we will be respectful of social distancing.
For more information, please contact Pittsburg SKIL’s Christina Blair, the local contact person for the Medicaid March, at the Pittsburg SKIL office: 620-231-6780 or toll-free: 1-866-927-6780.
I hope to see you there!
SKIL Independence Office | 107 East Main St. | Independence, KS
Voters with disabilities, get ready and vote in the General Election on or before November 3, 2020, with this voter guide, prepared by AAPD’s REV UP.
1. Registering to Vote
- How can I register to vote? You can register online at Kansas’s online registration portal or by downloading and mailing this form. If you have already registered, you can double-check your voter registration status at org.
- When do I need to register? Make sure to register by October 13 because Kansas does not allow people to register on Election Day.
- Do I need an ID? You will likely need to have a Kansas address and a Kansas ID, or a social security number if you don’t have a state ID.
- Can I vote if I have a disability? Yes! People with disabilities who are at least 18 years old have the right to vote. Your vote matters and is protected by laws to ensure voting is accessible, independent, and private. If you have a guardian, you can still vote. Contact your local Protection and Advocacy agency for help understanding or restoring your vote.
2. Learning about the Issues
- What people or laws can I vote for? Enter your home address in Ballotpedia’s Sample Ballot Lookup to find out what is on your ballot.
3. Voting in Person
- Where do I need to go to vote? If you are registered to vote, you can find your polling place through Kansas’s VoterView Online Portal.
- When can I vote? Kansas allows in-person early voting, so you can vote between October 14 and November 2 and avoid lines on election day!
- Can I vote from a car if the polling place is inaccessible? Yes, Kansas allows voters to request a ballot from a car, if a polling place is inaccessible.
- What if I want assistance with my ballot? You may choose someone (except your boss or union agent) to assist you in completing your ballot.
- Do I need an ID? Yes, you will need to bring an acceptable photo ID to the polling place.
4. Voting by Mail
● Can I vote by mail? Any Kansas voter can vote with an advance vote by mail ballot without an excuse.
- How do I request a mail ballot? You must apply for an advance vote by mail ballot through your local elections office by completing, printing, signing, and mailing this form.
- When do I need to request my ballot? The last day to request an absentee ballot is October 27. Request your ballot as soon as possible to make sure that your ballot is received on time.
- How do I fill out my ballot? Kansas does not have an electronic absentee ballot available for voters with disabilities, so you must complete a paper ballot. Make sure to sign your ballot or envelope when prompted, since Kansas requires this signature to match your past signature. If receiving assistance, the person assisting you may need to sign an affidavit on the ballot.
- What if I want assistance with my ballot? You should be allowed to choose someone, except for your boss or union agent, to assist you with completing your ballot. Someone assisting you may need to complete an affidavit to be returned with the paper ballot.
- How do I return my ballot? Your ballot must be hand-delivered or mailed to your County Elections Office. Hand-delivered ballots must be received by November 3, and mailed-in ballots must be postmarked by November 3 and received by November 6, so request your ballot as soon as possible if you plan to vote by mail!
- Do I need an ID? Yes, you need to provide a Kansas ID number or a copy of another acceptable ID listed on the Advance Ballot by Mail application.
- Can I track my ballot? Yes, you can track your ballot on Kansas’s Ballot Tracker.
5. Additional Resources
- Where can I find more info on how to vote? Contact your local elections office:
Kansas Secretary of State Elections Division
Address: Memorial Hall, 1st Fl., 120 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66612-1594
- What if I am having trouble voting or registering to vote? If you have any trouble voting, contact your local Protection and Advocacy organization:
Disability Rights Center of Kansas
Address: 635 SW Harrison, Suite 100, Topeka, KS 66603
Phone: 785-273-9661, 877-776-1541 Toll Free
- What if I have more questions? Check out these resources:
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