Fri November 9, 2012
Lawsuit Filed Over Provisional Ballots
A Kansas House Democrat has filed a lawsuit hoping to force Shawnee County officials to turn over a list of voters who cast provisional ballots.
Rep. Ann Mah of Topeka is trying to avert a narrow election loss.
Democratic Party officials gave The Associated Press a copy of Mah's petition before it was filed in Shawnee County District Court Friday.
Mah trails Republican challenger Ken Corbet of Topeka by 27 votes out of almost 11,000 cast. She says she wants to ensure that all provisional votes are counted and that maybe 150 votes are in play.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach has advised state officials against releasing voters' names, suggesting it would violate state and federal law. Kobach is a Republican. Mah is perhaps his most vocal legislative critic.