Wow, it has been a long time! That is because the primary election is coming up on August 7th, and we have been out doing something nearly every day.
FIRST THINGS FIRST...ISN'T THE PRIMARY NEXT WEEK?
It is indeed! The primary election is on August 7th, but technically it's happening now! You can vote early at the Courthouse at 300 Walnut Street anytime from 8am-5pm Monday through Friday up until noon on August 6th. If you choose to wait until election day, you have to vote at your polling place. ksvotes.org is a great place to check your registration status.
Also, just a heads up: if you are currently registered to vote as unaffiliated with any party, you can change your party registration at the door of the polls and still vote! However, you cannot switch from Republican to Democrat or vice versa.
SO HOW WAS CANVASSING?
I'm glad you asked! The canvass with Paul Davis was a little different from what we have been doing. We have been canvassing only Democrats thus far, since they are more likely to vote in the primary. With Paul Davis, we were canvassing people of any party. This can be a little daunting! You always see so much aggressive behavior online--but we weren't there to argue, we were there to inform.
We split off into pairs and headed our separate ways. The weather was fantastic for late July! And the conversations were really good too. The Republicans who we talked to were extremely respectful and grateful that we took the time to pass them some information. Not all of them vote along party lines either (same with some Democrats). I had a great conversation with a man who says that nationally, he supports the Republican party, but locally, he looks at each individual candidate and makes a decision. That is a very valid way of doing things. And it taught me something too--I need to make an effort to check my own biases; I shouldn't be surprised when I have a civil conversation with someone of a different party. That should be how the world works. And I was so happy when that seemed to be the case on Saturday. We can have different opinions, but we must be civil and respectful--that should be the rule for Republicans, Democrats, and everyone in between.
So, onward and forward! Remember to keep the comments respectful, sign up to donate and volunteer, and have a great week!