SBR: The final is November 6Andrea Hartzell
Educators are good at handing out grades.
How about making the grade when it comes to voting?
Education organizations from across the state have joined forces in a non-partisan initiative called, “Get an `A’ in Voting,” to emphasize the need to register to vote and then vote in the Nov. 6 election.
The effort will share resources and tips that can be used to increase voter turnout.
Every Kansan who is eligible to vote should register and vote. Recent close elections show that every vote matters.
The stakes in this election are high. The winners in upcoming contests will determine how the state addresses school funding and numerous other education issues.
Just as importantly, educators should model for students, the importance of voting and participating in our democratic society.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Voting is the foundation stone for political action.”
A List of Do’s and Don’ts
As we approach the November 6, 2018, General Elections
- Administrators and teachers may lead civic participation activities to support registering to vote, facilitate voting opportunities for staff and students and celebrate voting.
- Public resources, no matter how small, cannot be used to advocate for or against an issue or candidate. Simply stated, this means that all government property should be used for governmental purposes; not for personal or private purposes – including political campaigns.
- Do not use a school district’s email to advocate for or against an issue or candidate. School email may be used to inform staff and patrons of elections, dates and times for voting early and on Election Day and to encourage a culture of participation. You may certainly use your personal email account to advocate.
- Do not use a school district’s social networks to advocate for or against an issue or candidate. School social networks may be used to inform staff and patrons of elections, dates and times for voting and to encourage a culture of civic participation. You may certainly use your personal social network accounts to advocate.
- Do not use a school district’s computers, photocopiers, telephones, facsimile, electronic printer or any other machine to advocate for or against an issue or candidate. You may use your personal equipment for this use.
- Do not use state or local government time or state or local government equipment to work on an individual’s political campaign. You may advocate for or against an issue or candidate before or after work hours.
- Do not use public funds in connection with a political campaign.
- Do not be demanding or discourteous. By local board policy, many school districts mandate that an employee’s participation in community, political or employee organization activities shall be entirely voluntary and shall not: (1) interfere with the employee’s performance of assigned duties and responsibilities; (2) result in any political or social pressure being placed on students, parents or staff; or (3) involve using the employee’s position or title with the district.
2018 Kansas General Election
Offices to be Elected or Retained
- All four U.S. Representatives
- Governor/Lieutenant Governor
- Secretary of State
- Attorney General
- State Treasurer
- Commissioner of Insurance
- One State Senator, District 13 (Galena)
- All 125 State Representatives
- Kansas State Board of Education, Regions 1, 3, 5, 7, 9
- Seven Kansas Court of Appeals Judges
- District Court Judges, 48 retained; 27 elected
- District Magistrate Judges, 18 retained, three elected