Majority Latino city in Kansas just moved its one, yes one, polling place outside the city limits
Imagine being in a city with 27,000 people—13,000 voters—and just one polling place. Imagine if you were one of the 60 percent of the people in the city who are Latino, and the only polling place was in a wealthy white neighborhood … and then it got moved to an even more difficult location, outside the city limits altogether and more than a mile from the closest bus stop. Insert your “get out of Dodge to vote” joke here, because that’s the situation in Dodge City, Kansas.
In a stark contrast with the 13,000 voters this one polling place outside the city limits is expected to service in a majority Latino city, the average Kansas polling site has 1,200 voters. City officials say it’s just the best they can do given Americans with Disabilities Act requirements and construction blocking the old, far from ideal polling place.
Whatever the specific excuses, this is an outcome of Republican voter suppression—a government that wanted people to vote would make it easier. And the fact that it’s happening in one of the few majority Latino cities in Kansas is no accident.
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