Kansas amendment on voting rights advocated

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Associated Press

Posted on October 15, 2010 at 9:02 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Supporters of a proposed Kansas constitutional amendment that would ensure the voting rights of the mentally ill acknowledge that the issue hasn't drawn any organized opposition.

But they said during a news conference Friday they worry that the stigma attached to mental illness will hurt the measure at the polls.

The amendment requires approval by a simple majority of voters Nov. 2. It would strike language in the Kansas Constitution allowing lawmakers to deny voting rights to people with mental illness.

Kansas doesn't prohibit voting by people with mental illness, but supporters say the change would prevent such discrimination.

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