Members of the Greater Wichita Ministerial League gathered Wednesday morning to voice their concerns over voter I.D. laws in Kansas. About 20 ministers from different denominations hosted the event.
The Greater Wichita Ministerial League called a press conference over a meeting they had with Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rucker earlier this month. The group expressed a difference in opinion over the Secure and Fair Elections Act, a that law requires proof of citizenship on Kansas voter registration forms. The Ministerial League says it’s a form of disenfranchisement.
State Representative Gail Finney of Wichita was among the attendees and says voter registration has long been a priority in her district.
“I make it my mission to register people to vote, that was before [Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach] became our elected official. And so it’s always important, but now it’s even more imperative,” she says.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach has stated that the SAFE Act helps to combat voter fraud.
The Ministerial League is mobilizing a ‘Souls to the Polls’ campaign, which will provide information on voter registration, polling places, and offer transportation to both the primary and general elections.
Primary elections in Kansas will be held Aug. 5, and the deadline to register for the general election is Oct. 14.