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October 19, 2018

Dodge City Voter Suppression

For the upcoming election, Desert Hot Springs (population 29,000 or so) will have four polling places. Dodge City, Kansas, (population 28,000 or so) will have only one polling place. The four polling places in DHS will be within walking distance of most of the city. In Dodge City that one polling place will be as shown on the map below:

In DHS about half the population is Hispanic. In Dodge City it's more like 60%.

I picked a semi-random spot that looked like it was in the middle of old Dodge City, Central Avenue and Ash Street, and Google maps tells me it's about a 3 mile walk to the polling place. But when I ask for mass transit directions, Google comes back with this message:

Sorry, we could not calculate transit directions from "Central Ave & E Ash St, Dodge City, KS 67801" to "11333 US-283, Dodge City, KS 67801"

IOW, no bus. Here's a map of their bus system. It does look like the Green route would get you within a half mile of the polling place. The streetview image below shows the intersection of two highways (US 400 and US 283) that you'd pass through on the way to the polling place. Looks easily bikeable and even walkable, but not very enjoyable.

Kansans can vote by mail, but it doesn't look like you can choose that permanently, as in California, so you'd have to fill out a request for every election.

Unrelated note, Dodge City still has brick streets! I remember these, especially in small towns in Iowa. I'd thought almost all had been paved over. Maybe the weather is really, really nice in Dodge City.

Filed under Politics | permalink | October 19, 2018 at 10:47 PM

Comments

New voters were supplied with the wrong location for the polling place, but city "officials announced this week that they were expanding regular city bus routes to the polling site on election day," so that's an improvement.

Posted by: Ron at Oct 25, 2018 6:43:00 PM

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