Kansas Open Government Challenge

Thank you for visiting the Open Kansas Challenge, a crowdsourced contest for citizens of Kansas to share their ideas about the importance of government transparency by joining a crucial state and national conversation. This challenge has ended. Stay tuned to meet the winners and hear more from them about why it is important that all Kansas citizens have the right to equal, timely access to public information.

Open government is the very foundation upon which our democracy stands, and all Kansas citizens have the right to equal, timely access to public information. Together, we will make Kansas one of the most transparent, accessible states in the nation.

To learn more about Open Kansas and what you can do to make your government more transparent, visit http://www.openkansas.org/ and encourage your legislator to take the pledge.

About the Challenge:

The Open Kansas Challenge is a crowdsourced contest for citizens of Kansas to share their ideas about the importance of government transparency by joining a crucial state and national conversation. We asked: Why do you think it is important for Kansas government officials to operate in the light of day, rather than in secret, behind closed doors?

The top two responses, voted on by the public, won a monetary prize, recognition by Open Kansas and Kansas Action for Children, and an opportunity for their story to be shared on state and local online platforms.



Representative democracy is only a convenient and effective shortcut through direct democracy insofar as it allows legislators to represent the interests of their constituents in the day-to-day...
Votes: 26
Democracy is only possible when citizens have power. To have power, we must have knowledge - knowledge of what our elected officials do, why they do it, and the outcomes of their actions. Having...
Votes: 22
It is important for the Kansas government to operate transparently because its work is for the citizens of Kansas and made possible by our tax dollars. Secretive, back room deals encourage corruption...
Votes: 11
Our elected representatives are there to manage OUR state resources. We are the owners and have given them the authority to act as caretaker. As owners, we have the job of seeing they take good,...
Votes: 10
Through governmental transparency, tax payers know what their elected officials are doing with their tax dollars. Furthermore, it makes it possible for constituents to interact with their legislature...
Votes: 8
Politically, nothing good happens in secret. With late night votes, and closed meetings, it gives the appearance that arms are twisted, or secret deals are being made. We are better than that. Our...
Votes: 8
"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." - Benjamin Franklin A government that hides behind closed doors is a government...
Votes: 6
Government transparency naturally combats corruption, and it is an essential element to a functioning democracy. Most importantly, transparency builds an informed citizenry and gives voters the...
Votes: 5
A government "for the people, by the people cannot exist if the people can't see what said government is doing.
Votes: 4
Legislators have a unique position of power in that they create the laws by which we are governed. With that comes the responsibility to act in our best interests. By encouraging transparency in the...
Votes: 3
Republicans, you can no longer hide your shady agenda. Open Kansas and represent the people. Sincerely, US Army Veteran (disabled)
Votes: 2
I have always felt when a group of people find they have to meet behind closed doors they must feel they have to hide what they are doing because they KNOW what they are doing is in their best...
Votes: 2
It is important for transparency
Votes: 2
I think it is clear to access information to operate in the light of day to connecting with people because everyone should know about positive contribution and get positive impact over society
Votes: 2
Maintain the three branches of democracy
Votes: no votes so far

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