Do You Know the Two Constitutional Questions on the Kansas Ballot?

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CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT QUESTION NO. 1
SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION No. 1611

A PROPOSITION to amend section 4 of the bill of rights of the
Constitution of the State of Kansas, relating to the right to bear arms.

"Be it resolved by the Legislature of the State of Kansas, two-thirds of the members elected (or appointed) and qualified to the Senate and two-thirds of the members elected (or appointed) and qualified to the House of Representatives concurring therein:

Section 1 . The following proposition to amend the Constitution of the
State of Kansas shall be submitted to the qualified electors of the state
for their approval or rejection: Section 4 of the bill of rights of the con-
stitution of the state of Kansas is hereby amended to read as follows:
‘‘§ 4. Individual right to bear arms; armies. The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, for lawful hunting and recreational use, and for any other lawful purpose ; but standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and shall not be tolerated, and the military shall be in strict subordination to the civil power.''

Sec. 2 . The following statement shall be printed on the ballot with
the amendment as a whole:
‘‘Explanatory statement. The purpose of this amendment is to preserve constitutionally the right of a person to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, and for all other lawful purposes, including hunting and recreation.

‘‘A vote for this amendment would constitutionally preserve the right of a person to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, and for lawful hunting and recreational use, and for any other lawful purpose.

‘‘A vote against this amendment would provide for no constitutional right of a person to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, and for lawful hunting and recreational use, and for any other lawful purpose.''

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT QUESTION NO. 2
SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION No. 1622
A PROPOSITION to amend section 2 of article 5 of the Constitution
of the State of Kansas, relating to qualification of voters.

"Be it resolved by the Legislature of the State of Kansas, two-thirds of the members elected (or appointed) and qualified to the Senate and two-thirds of the members elected (or appointed) and qualified to the House of Representatives concurring therein:

Section 1. The following proposition to amend the Constitution of the State of Kansas shall be submitted to the qualified electors of the state
for their approval or rejection: Section 2 of article 5 of the constitution
of the state of Kansas is hereby amended to read as follows:

‘‘§ 2. Disqualification to vote. The legislature may, by law, exclude persons from voting because of mental illness or commitment to a jail or penal institution. No person convicted of a felony under the laws of any state or of the United States, unless pardoned or restored to his civil rights, shall be qualified to vote.''

Sec. 2. The following statement shall be printed on the ballot with the amendment as a whole:
‘‘Explanatory statement. This amendment would repeal the authority of the legislature to exclude persons with mental illness from voting.

‘‘A vote for this amendment would ensure that the right to vote for persons with mental illness cannot be taken away by the legislature.

‘‘A vote against this amendment would continue the current authority
of the legislature to take away the right to vote for persons with mental illness."


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