City to City

Calling All Cities

“Encouraging dynamic and widespread participation is something all of us can agree upon. That’s why I am challenging fellow mayors and city council members to participate in the first, nonpartisan ‘Get Out The Vote’ effort powered by elected officials in Kansas.”

- Mayor Mike Kelly, City of Roeland Park

These city elected leaders in Kansas have accepted the challenge to ensure their community members have a voice in government!

We launched the City to City challenge in cooperation with four cities in Northeast Johnson County to increase voter engagement in their communities: Mission, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, and Westwood. The elected officials in these communities not only care deeply about voter engagement, but they realize that a little friendly competition is always fun.

Each city is tasked with engaging community stakeholders in the electoral process. Their mission, should they choose to accept it, is to motivate participation in elections, especially among new and low-propensity voters. Who will show the largest increase in turnout? 

Represented Voices

When city councils and commissions don't represent reality, policy decisions are made without input from the community members who are often most impacted by them. This results in an uneven distribution of vital resources in the community.

Stronger Communities

Quality of life is heavily influenced by programs and policies put in place at the local level. Cities in Kansas that encourage civic engagement are healthier, more resilient, and experience more positive societal outcomes. Research show that people who vote are more likely to volunteer, stay informed, interact with their neighbors, and have increased community pride. What city doesn’t want all that?

Join The Challenge

Are you a resident or neighborhood group in one of the participating cities? Don't see your city on the list but think you could talk them into it? Email us at [email protected] to begin the conversation.