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Rep. Cleaver Encourages Voter Turnout At Kansas Democratic Rally

Cody Newill

As Election Day approaches fast, Democrats in Kansas are bringing politicians across the state line to inspire voter turnout.

At a "Get Out the Vote" rally in Kansas City, Kansas Saturday, Missouri U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver toed a delicate political line. At no point did he directly endorse any of the Democratic candidates for political offices in Kansas, instead focusing on inspiring Democratic voters.

“When we hear that only 40% of people are going to turn out [to vote], in many ways, that is an indictment against democracy,” Cleaver said. "Election Day ought to be a national holiday, or for local votes a state holiday, in order to maximize votes."

Lt. Gov. candidate Jill Docking, former KCK Mayors Joe Reardon and Carol Marinovich, and many other local Kansas politicians and current candidates spoke at the event. Unlike previous rallies, no representatives for Independent U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman’s campaign were present. 

Cody Newill is part of KCUR's audience development team. Follow him on Twitter @CodyNewill or email him at cody@kcur.org.
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