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As voters have increasingly asked us for clarity and guidance in their decision processes in elections over the years, the ACLU of Kansas has answered the call to provide this resource in the state through seeding a new PAC, Kansans United for Civil Liberties. We will continue to value and honor the trust placed in us.

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ONE
MORE
TOOL

Just as litigation provides a tool for accountability, developing a political arm for the civil liberties movement adds an additional tool to our arsenal for accountability, voter education, and our ultimate mission to defend and expand civil rights and civil liberties.

NO CANDIDATES,
JUST THE ISSUES

We still do not endorse candidates, and the expansion of our political activity and the formation of Kansans United for Civil Liberties does not change that. Rather, we seek to broaden our ability to inform voters on the issues that matter to them and ensure civil rights and civil liberties are not buried in the noise of the campaign season.

ENOUGH IS
ENOUGH

In an increasingly challenging environment of misinformation and extremist views, voters have had enough. They see the need for truthful, reliable, and accurate sources that are in line with the values of civil liberties and civil rights.

The democratic process provides an upstream solution for voters to hold officials accountable for policy choices and campaign priorities that fail to preserve civil rights and civil liberties. By reinforcing the democratic process, we seek to ensure that the power remains where it always should – with the people.

Candidate Questionnaire

In the name of transparency around civil liberites, we sent a questionnaire to candidates in Kansas House races to allow them to share their stance with voters. You can find and compare the responses we received from candidates to be a more informed voter.

In August 2022, 69%of Johnson County voted NOT to remove the right to an abortion from the Kansas constitution. If elected, would you stand with your constituents and vote NO on any further attempts to remove abortion protections under the state constitution?

House District 49
Brad Boyd — Yes
Kristen Clark — Refused to Respond 

House District 14
Dennis Miller — Yes
Charlotte Esau — Refused to Respond

House District 15
Allison Hougland — Yes
Matt Bingesser — Refused to Respond

House District 28
Ace Allen — Yes
Carl Turner — Refused to Respond

In Kansas, ballots mailed on or before election day will be counted if received up to three days after the election. In 2020, over 30,000 ballots were received during this timeframe. Will you vote NO on any bill removing this three-day grace period?

House District 49
Brad Boyd — Yes
Kristen Clark — Refused to Respond

House District 14
Dennis Miller — Yes
Charlotte Esau — Refused to Respond

House District 15
Allison Hougland — Yes
Matt Bingesser — Refused to Respond

House District 28
Ace Allen — Yes
Carl Turner — Refused to Respond


Do you support measures to increase access to voting for formerly incarcerated Kansans?

House District 49
Brad Boyd — Yes
Kristen Clark — Refused to Respond

House District 14
Dennis Miller — Yes
Charlotte Esau — Refused to Respond

House District 15
Allison Hougland — Yes
Matt Bingesser — Refused to Respond

House District 28
Ace Allen — Yes
Carl Turner — Refused to Respond


The enforcement of marijuana laws generates some of the justice system’s starkest racial disparities. In Kansas, we have made big strides toward legalizing medical marijuana, which can be used as an alternative to pharmaceutical medications to treat a variety of medical issues–from chronic pain to PTSD. Will you vote YES on a bill decriminalizing medical marijuana?

House District 49
Brad Boyd — Yes
Kristen Clark — Refused to Respond ​

House District 14
Dennis Miller — Yes
Charlotte Esau — Refused to Respond

House District 15
Allison Hougland — Yes
Matt Bingesser — Refused to Respond

House District 28
Ace Allen — Yes
Carl Turner — Refused to Respond


Kansas kids are charged numerous fines and fees during their interactions with the criminal justice system–from their first interaction with police to their final probation or parole meeting. These costs serve no rehabilitative purpose and can prolong engagement with the criminal justice system. Will you vote YES on legislation to eliminate fines and fees in the juvenile justice system?


House District 49
Brad Boyd — Yes
Kristen Clark — Refused to Respond 

House District 14
Dennis Miller — Yes
Charlotte Esau — Refused to Respond

House District 15
Allison Hougland — Yes
Matt Bingesser — Refused to Respond

House District 28
Ace Allen — No
Carl Turner — Refused to Respond

In his concurring opinion on Roe v. Wade, Justice Clarence Thomas indicated that the Supreme Court should reconsider rulings codifying the right to same-sex marriage. Will you vote YES to protect same-sex marriage in Kansas, no matter what is decided at the federal level?

House District 49
Brad Boyd — Yes
Kristen Clark — Refused to Respond 

House District 14
Dennis Miller — Yes
Charlotte Esau — Refused to Respond

House District 15
Allison Hougland — Yes
Matt Bingesser — Refused to Respond

House District 28
Ace Allen — Yes
Carl Turner — Refused to Respond


Bills attempting to legalize discrimination against transgender students, including the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” are introduced each session. Will you vote NO on any legislation attempting to legalize discrimination against LGBTQ students in schools?

House District 49
Brad Boyd — Yes
Kristen Clark — Refused to Respond

House District 14
Dennis Miller — Yes
Charlotte Esau — Refused to Respond

House District 15
Allison Hougland — Yes
Matt Bingesser — Refused to Respond

House District 28
Ace Allen — Yes
Carl Turner — Refused to Respond

Paid for by Kansans United for Civil Liberties