The League of Women Voters of Kansas (LWVK, the League) posted the Secretary of State’s June suspense list on its website Currently, the applications of nearly 17,000 potential voters are incomplete and await further attention. The primary election voter registration deadline is July 12.
Johnson County had the most incomplete applications with 4,325 names, followed by Sedgwick with 3,021; Wyandotte with 761; Shawnee with 755; Geary with 486; Douglas with 466; Butler with 414; Crawford with 414; Leavenworth with 400; and Lyon with 309.
As LWVK analysis has consistently shown, the under-30 age group has the most suspended voters, with 29.4 percent of the total. Of the 4,888 voters in this group, 3,209 are 18 to 24 years of age; 1,679 are 25 to 30.
Ages 31 to 40 represent 19.2 percent of the total or 3,174; ages 41 to 50 represent 17.9 percent or 2,971; ages 51 to 60 represent 16.3 percent or 2,699; and 60 or older represent 17.1 percent or 2,839.
The most common cause of incomplete registration is lack of citizenship documents. Anyone who appears on the list for that reason must submit proof of citizenship to their local election offices.
“The League urges everyone to scan the suspense list for familiar names,” says LWVK Co-president Cille King. “Help your friends and neighbors vote in the August 1 primary elections and November 7 general elections. Democracy only works when every citizen has a chance to participate.”
In addition to the current suspense list, thousands of names have been purged from past suspense lists, following Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s order to keep names no longer than 90 days. People who applied to vote anytime after Jan. 1, 2013 when the proof of citizenship requirement began should confirm that they are registered by entering their name and date of birth at the state’s Voter View Registrant Search.
The League regularly purchases suspense lists from the Secretary of State’s office. In June 2016, the suspense list numbered over 17,000.
King and Co-president Teresa Briggs suggest that concerned Kansans talk to candidates and current legislators about barriers to voting in Kansas.