About the Voter Network

The Voter Network is a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to engaging Kansans to become the best informed, highest voting turnout population in the country.

We do this through an innovative set of data-driven tools, including our shockingly effective Voter to Voter project and comprehensive voter information guide KSBallot.org. While there is no single storyline about people who don't vote, we know that democracy is strongest when we all participate.

There is no single, easily digestible storyline about people who don’t vote. The Voter Network is uniquely positioned to bring partnerships to bear and break through the noise. That includes recognizing we won’t always be the right messenger to deliver a nonvoter, but we have the resources, tools and connections to empower the people who are.

  • Expanding access to information
    We built this website as a one-stop-shop for nonpartisan election information, because it just didn’t exist for Kansas voters. 

  • Decoding ballots
    Voting can be intimidating. With our online ballot guide, we’ve made it easier for people to research/Facebook stalk their candidates.

  • Offering easy-to-use resources
    The Voter Network is continuously whipping up social media graphics and writing up content that can be copied, pasted and shared. No need to reinvent the wheel!

  • Encouraging a culture of voting
    People are much more likely to vote if they are encouraged by someone they know and trust. It seems intuitive, right? Messages about how, and where, and why to vote are most powerful when delivered by trusted peers.

The Voter Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the Mainstream Coalition, a 501(c)(4) nonpartisan nonprofit advocacy organization. Mainstream was founded more than 25 years ago to protect the separation of church and state in Kansas. Over the years Mainstream has grown its body of work in order to defend the dignity, rights, and freedom of every Kansan against partisan extremism. Learn more at MainstreamCoalition.org


Team

Our small but mighty team at The Voter Network is staffed year-round, assisted by the team at the Mainstream Coalition.

Lindsay Behgam is our Voter Engagement Director. Before starting with us, she worked for the Mayor of Kansas City, Kansas, where she oversaw policy and project management. She’s also held roles in corporate community relations and on a number of Kansas political campaigns - at the local, state-wide and federal levels - including serving as Congressman Dennis Moore’s campaign manager for his 2008 re-election bid. lindsay@thevoternetwork.org

Our Voter Engagement Coordinators work with our programs, partners, and volunteers across the state to engage voters.

  • John Pauldine joined our team after graduating from the University of Kansas and getting a successful election cycle under his belt while working on a mayoral campaign. John hopes the next generation of Kansas voters will help create responsible and responsive governments across the state. john@thevoternetwork.org

  • Madeline Cochran is working for us during the 2020 election cycle, having just come back from conservation work in the Marshall Islands. She is happy to be back in her hometown where she has a history of volunteering for and working on local campaigns and hopes to create meaningful engagement that empowers and elevates underrepresented voices. madeline@thevoternetwork.org

  • Sheyvette Dinkens rejoins us after working on Voter to Voter in the 2019 cycle. Her passion and dedication to the people in her community, and her work to support others and plant the seeds of growth and empowerment, will be critical to engaging voters and increasing turnout. sheyvette@thevoternetwork.org

  • Ellie Grace joins us for the 2020 cycle, a performer and teacher who uses the arts to build community that lifts people up and empowers them to use their voices. She is thrilled to support her fellow members of the LGBTQ+ community in finding and using their voices through voting! ellie@thevoternetwork.org

  • Dalton Homolka joins The Voter Network for the 2020 election having worked in NYC in theatre and live events, with the goal of furthering inclusion, equality and representation in the arts. They’re excited to bring a passion for getting young people interested in making a positive change in their own communities and beyond into the 2020 election process. dalton@thevoternetwork.org

Board of Directors

The Voter Network is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors who are dedicated, involved, and passionate people.

  • Ed Peterson, President
  • David Smith, Vice-President
  • Dr. Cindy Lane, Secretary
  • Sally Levitt, Treasurer
  • Mandi Hunter, At Large
  • Liz Meitl, At Large

Supporters

The Voter Network is powered by generous partners and private donors, whose contributions have allowed us to offer our programs and tools for free, which we believe is critical for bringing new and unusual voices to the table!

Our core support comes from a powerhouse coalition of local health foundations that are leading the conversation in Kansas around the role of voting and civic engagement on our health outcomes and the vitality of our communities. Thank you for your tireless work to remove barriers to quality health for those most in need, even when that means stepping into a space that others shy away from. We can’t solve problems we are too scared to address!