Kansas Commissions Urge Transparency, Constituent Engagement in Redistricting Process
TOPEKA – The Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission, the Kansas African American Affairs Commission, and the Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns today sent a joint letter to the Kansas Redistricting Committee outlining steps it should take to ensure constituent participation, transparency, and accessibility during the redistricting process.
“It is crucial that the redistricting process is as transparent as possible and that as many people have the opportunity to be involved in the decisions that will impact who their voice in the legislature is for potentially the next decade,” the letter says. “Yet, there remain several steps this committee should take to ensure constituent participation.”
Suggested steps outlined in the letter include:
- Holding hearings in an Americans with Disability Act (ADA) compliant space;
- Providing both sign language and Spanish language interpreters, and notifying the public of the availability of such services;
- Ensuring several meetings be held during the evening and on the weekends to accommodate working schedules;
- And including maps and/or statements submitted by Communities of Interest.
“These steps are not egregious in their scope and should be considered to ensure Kansans have confidence in the procedures that will shape our collective future,” the letter says.