It’s not uncommon for someone to enter a voting booth not being sure how they will vote.
Usually the voter has an idea about what’s on the ballot.
That’s not entirely the case in Kansas this year. There, residents are finding out they have to vote on their hunting and fishing rights.
The proposed amendment to the state’s constitution would declare that “hunting and fishing are preferred ways to maintain wildlife.”
Officials say passage of the amendment would prevent future hunting and fishing bans.
Voters taking part in advance voting have been caught off guard when they see the measure on the ballot.
“I had no idea that we were going to have to vote to retain what we already have for our rights for hunting and fishing,” says Barton County voter, Jamee Dannebohm.
Fortunately, if the constitutional amendment doesn’t pass, officials say it won’t affect current hunting and fishing regulations.
The Department of Wildlife and Parks says it’s available to answer any questions, especially since voters are finding out about the measure just before election day.
Kansas would join 20 other states with similar constitutional measures on hunting and fish, if the amendment is passed.