New voters in Kansas town sent notices with wrong polling site

New voters in Kansas town sent notices with wrong polling site
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Certificates of registration sent to newly registered voters in Dodge City, Kansas listed an incorrect address to cast a ballot in next months elections, according to the Associated Press.

The city of about 28,000 people has only one polling site, which was the civic center in the mostly white part of a town that is not majority Hispanic. But due to road construction, the site was moved to the Expo Center outside of the city limits and over a mile from the nearest bus stop. The certificates list the civic center, rather than the Expo Center, as the polling site.


“I didn’t know this could get worse, and it did: ‘Hey, let’s move the site and not tell new registrants where they are supposed to go,’” Johnny Dunlap, chairman of the Ford County Democratic Party, told the AP.

“Dodge City has had a longstanding problem with voting accessibility,” Ethan Corson, executive director of the Kansas Democratic Party, also said to the AP. “Even previous to this there was a significant problem with the one polling location they do have being located in the predominantly white area of town next to the country club.”

Local election officials are in the process of informing the new voters of the error.

Kansas Director of Elections Bryan Caskey told the AP the certificates were “confusing,” and said he told Ford County Clerk Debbie Cox that she needed to “inform the voters.”

Activists have volunteered to flood Ford County to drive residents to the correct polling place, Dunlap told the AP.

“We are doing everything we can think of and putting as many hours as we can with as many volunteers as we can just to try to mitigate this thing as much as possible,” he said.

Officials also announced they would expand the public bus routes to the polling site on November 6. 

The Dodge City confusion lands amid accusations of voter suppression by liberals such as in Georgia's "exact match" law, which requires an applicant's information on a voter registration form to exactly match the information on a federal or state database.

But Republican groups continue to argue that the midterm elections must be protected from voter fraud, even though most analysis suggests that voter fraud is virtually nonexistent.