Kansas Republicans tried to game the electoral system to make it harder to stop their effort to strip abortion and privacy rights from their state constitution.
Primary elections generally have a lower voter turnout than general elections, which favors Republicans, so they chose to put the ballot proposition in the primary election rather than the general election.
Kansas is overwhelmingly Republican, but due to a truly extreme Republican nominee four years ago, the state barely elected a safer moderate Democrat, Laura Kelly, who narrowly won. Democratic Governor Kelly is now up for reelection, so the Democrats did not have a contested primary race to draw them to the polls, whereas the Republicans did.
As the election drew near, misinformation campaigns sent text messages to registered Democrats telling them to protect the right of personal choice and vote “yes,” even though the truth was that voters needed to choose “no” if they wanted to stop the effort to take away reproductive choice.
Many women don’t believe that Big Government should get to make the most personal decisions about their bodies. Even Republicans. Even conservatives.
People may not list abortion when asked what their top issues are, but apparently the idea of government dictating control of our private lives is something that motivates voter turnout.
They may not admit it out loud to a pollster or to their more religious friends, but in the privacy of the voting booth they will vote for personal freedom.
This can happen only if, as in Kansas, the voting is private and accessible.
I’m sure it’ll be only a matter of time before the “Justices” on the Supreme Court find some “originalist” interpretation of the 19th Amendment that solves this “problem” once and for all.
She said"let the state voters decide" in a smug voice…and the voters of Kansas have. ;) not so smug
Let’s hope the Handmaid’s light up the polls so much that the GOP can’t cover it up.
Time for Democrats in red states to come out of hiding and stand up.
Fat chance of Republicans letting this happen again.
About the only time I disagree with him is when I do not understand his point without looking it up.
I can all but guarantee that no other GOP-controlled state will allow the public to have a say on abortion. Not after what happened in Kansas.
I have a feeling Mitch McConnell and Republican friends are right now making contingency escape plans back to mother Russia.
Momma always said free elections are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get. . . .
Republicans HATE IT when ACTUAL PEOPLE HAVE A SAY IN THEIR GOVERNMENT!!!
Best news in, uh, a long time.
And that is called States Rights. Exactly what SCOTUS voted for!
There will be political upheaval all across the country – on a subject that concerns the female population’s right to bodily integrity. Whatever party controls a state can change the laws from election to election to election thanks to the the Extreme Court’s decision.
Who would have thought that Kansas would be more liberal and freedom-loving than SCROTUS?
The next solution is to make sure that won’t happen again. Nothing in the “Original” Constitution says women are allowed to vote. Originalists state that only white, male landowners over the age of 21 are allowed to.
Where’s the screaming and yelling about this being a fraudulent vote?
“Ultimately, totalitarianism is the only sort of politics that can truly serve the sky-god’s purpose.”
Nice one Mike!
Here in “DeSantistan” we’re gonna have “poll police”. We already have two GOP “Senators”. Our crowning achievement is Matt The Molester Gaetz. And I see “Trump, 2024” signs in many yards. I’m not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy.
I’m with Offred.
Dog catches car, car backs up and squishes dog. Car drives off.
My state has a governor that has declared our state a sanctuary state for women who want &/or need abortions.
May 31, 2017