Get Out the Vote

By Nancy Niles Lusk and Mary F. Sinclair, PhD, Kansas PTA State Legislative Co-Chairs

 

The Challenge. The best advocates for children are often under-represented in the August primary vote.  Parents hustle year round to keep up with the busy demands of raising their families, and late summer is no exception with the extra chores of shopping for school supplies and clothes to get the kids ready to go back to school.  Teachers return ahead of the kids to make preparations for the upcoming school year.  And busy or not, many just forget to vote the first Tuesday of August.

The Risk.  Low voter turnout can be problematic for pro-public education candidates in Kansas. The primary elections in particular draw only a small fraction of eligible voters.  In many districts across the state, however, the August primary election, not the general election, tends to determine who will become the state senator or representative.

 

The Solution. Increase voter turnout in the primaries among public school parents, teachers and other PTA members.  We can make a difference.  And for the first time, the PTA will have get-out-the-vote yard signs available for the elections. The PTA yard sign will serve as a visual reminder to parents and grandparents to make the time to vote.  We recommend putting the signs out in early July before the primary election August 7, and then again in early October for the November general election.

 

Vote for candidates who will support Public Education.  Consider these policy positions to determine who is a pro-education candidate:

  • Supports restoration of cuts to public education
  • Supports balanced tax policy to maintain reliable revenue
  • Opposes the use of voucher, scholarships or tax credits toward tuition of non-public schools
  • Opposes constitutional amendments to eliminate our state’s non-partisan infrastructure for public education
  • Supports policies that promote the recruitment and retention of quality teachers

 

A resource you can trust. The Legislative tab of the Kansas PTA website (http://www.kansas-pta-legislative.org) is a non-partisan source of reliable information on education policy and the votes made by our legislators this session (Vote Counts).  

 

HOW TO GET YOUR PTA YARD SIGN

The most immediate way to get signs will be to come to the 2012 Kansas PTA State Convention on April 20-22 in Wichita at the Doubletree Hilton by the Wichita airport and purchase them. 

Information on how to purchase yard signs after April 22 will be posted to the Kansas PTA website. Local PTA units are strongly encouraged to purchase a batch of signs for their membership.

The yard signs are priced at $3 each.