Measure Protecting Voting Rights OIn Kansas Ballot

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas voters will decide in November whether to amend the state constitution to preserve the voting rights of the mentally ill.

The House adopted the proposed amendment on a 122-0 vote Friday. The Senate had approved it earlier.

The Kansas Constitution says legislators have the authority to deny voting rights to convicted felons, people in jail or prison, and those with mental illness.

The proposal would remove mental illness from that list.

Kansas does not currently bar voting by people with mental illness, but supporters say striking the language from the Kansas Constitution would be a meaningful step.

Approval of the amendment by a simple majority in the Nov. 2 general election will change the constitution.

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