Mayor's Statement on Election Drop Boxes

10/13/2020 12:00:00 AM

The Unified Government Commission and Administration is dismayed and disappointed to hear that Election Commissioner Bruce Newby may not have taken full advantage of the resources available to him, as was reported in the media today.

The Unified Government Commission and Administration is dismayed and disappointed to hear that Election Commissioner Bruce Newby may not have taken full advantage of the resources available to him, as was reported in the media today. The Commission has been diligent in their efforts to provide all necessary resources to Mr. Newby to ensure equal and fair access to both advanced and day-of voting. 
 
On no fewer than four separate occasions the Election Commissioner has been given opportunities by the Unified Government to report on and/or request additional resources if needed, beginning on July 1 and as recently as September 17 when he was asked to provide a public update and status report on the upcoming election in a televised Special Session of the Board of County Commissioners.  At no point did the Election Commissioner mention a need for additional resources, the need for additional drop boxes, nor did his office submit a request with the Unified Government for Phase I CARES Act funding to assist with the election process or it would have been provided.
 
The Unified Government and Commission encourages the Election Commissioner, who is appointed by the Kansas Secretary of State, to undertake all means necessary, and utilize all resources needed, to ensure residents and voters throughout Wyandotte County have unfettered access and a seamless voting process in the upcoming general election.

Mayor/CEO David Alvey