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. 7, and the general elections Nov. 6. In addition to statewide offices, every seat in the Kansas House of Representatives is up for election. This is the time to make your voice heard.
During the past decade, state financial support for higher education in Kansas has declined dramatically, increasing the tuition burden on Kansas students and families. In 1987, state funds contributed 43 percent of KU’s budget. In 2017, state appropriations represented only 18 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. 7. 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 17. 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. 7, you can vote early or mail an absentee ballot beginning July 18. The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is July 31, and all absentee ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received in the county election office no later than the third day following the election. Advance ballots may be hand-delivered to the county election office or to any polling place within the county by close of polls.
Please note that if you are registered as unaffiliated, you can choose to vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary, but your primary ballot also will determine your party affiliation for the November general election.
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 1,600 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
President, KU Alumni Association