Were in the midst of National Hispanic Heritage month, and activists will be receiving an important honor on the first Saturday of October. At the Kansas ACLUs annual Free State Forum, the honorees will include League of United Latin American Citizens and high school senior Alejandro Rangel-Lopez, who successfully advocated for equitable access to the ballot in Dodge City.
It can be easy to forget what happened nearly a year ago in Dodge City. The citys sole polling site was moved to an expo center outside of town. Activists raised alarms over access, and for a short time the dispute became a national story.
Dodge Citys population is more than 60 percent Hispanic or Latino, so the story wasnt just about a polling place. It was about who could get to the polls. It was about whose voice and whose vote counted. While it might seem simple to white people to drive to an expo center, if someone doesnt have a car or access to easy public transportation that trip isnt so easy.
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