Jayhawks for Higher Education: July 5, 2016

Support KU and higher education by voting in upcoming elections

Dear Jayhawk,

Thanks for your loyalty as a KU Alumni Association member. One of the most important roles of the Association and its members is to advocate for the University of Kansas. You can support KU and higher education in Kansas by voting in the upcoming primary elections Tuesday, Aug. 2, and the general elections Nov. 8. This year, every seat in the Kansas House and Senate is up for election—so if you want to make your voice heard, this is the perfect time to do it.

In recent years, state financial support for higher education in Kansas has diminished significantly, increasing the tuition burden on Kansas students and families. In 1987, state funds contributed 43 percent of KU’s budget. In 2016, state appropriations represented less than 20 percent of the budget. I hope you will make support of higher education a key consideration as you evaluate the candidates and cast your vote on Aug. 2. Please also urge your fellow citizens to register to vote and support candidates who are proponents of higher education.

The voter registration deadline for the primaries is Tuesday, July 12. If you are not currently registered, you must complete the online form or submit a paper form to your county election office by that date.

If you cannot vote on Aug. 2, you can vote early or mail an absentee ballot from July 13 through Aug. 1. The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is July 29, and all absentee ballots must be received by noon on Aug. 2.

If you would like to become more involved in legislative advocacy for KU, the Alumni Association also coordinates a statewide network, Jayhawks for Higher Education. More than 1,700 alumni and friends are JHE members. They receive emails highlighting KU’s legislative priorities, and they take action on KU’s behalf at critical points throughout the legislative session. To add your voice to our advocacy efforts, please join JHE.

Thanks again for your Jayhawk loyalty—and Rock Chalk!

Heath Peterson, d’04, g’09