Davis Hammet is the President of Loud Light an organization fostering a culture of citizen participation in Kansas.
In 2013, Hammet moved to Topeka, KS to co-create the rainbow colored Equality House across from the Westboro Baptist Church hate group. He began organizing across the state on a variety of issues and turned his attention to voting rights following the 2014 election which saw dramatically low youth participation. In 2015, he founded Loud Light to address the disparity in civic engagement with the goal of developing a critical mass in youth voter turnout that transforms Kansas.
Loud Light has since registered thousands of young Kansans. The organization runs yearly voter engagement programs at colleges across Kansas, trains young Kansans how to understand and shape power, and produces a popular video series on what’s happening inside the Kansas government that’s followed by citizens and lawmakers alike. Regarding voting rights in Kansas, Hammet advocated for the creation of election audits, contested the 2018 primary raising awareness of uncounted provisional ballots, and successfully sued the government for open records. He’s currently working to research and address the remaining obstacles that block citizens from voting or leave their ballots uncounted.
“Nothing happens by accident. Every drop of decency is fought for.” - Hammet’s 2018 Op-Ed in The Washington Post
Hammet’s human rights and voting rights work and commentary has been covered in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, Associated Press, National Public Radio, Topeka Capital-Journal, Kansas City Star, and many other outlets. He graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Political Science (Cum Laude), certificate in Intensive Research Methods, and certificate in Urban Planning and Regional Development.
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