Former Republican state Sen. Jean Schodorf has formally announced that she'll run for Kansas secretary of state next year as a Democrat, hoping to challenge incumbent Republican incumbent Kris Kobach.
In remarks prepared for her kickoff event Wednesday, Schodorf vowed to fix what she calls a voter registration "mess." About 17,200 registrations are on hold because the prospective voters haven't presented proof of U.S. citizenship. Kobach says those incomplete registrations are not a problem.
Schodorf also criticized Kobach over his outside work on immigration issues. Kobach says he works full-time in the secretary of state's job and what he does in his spare time is up to him.
Schodorf lost her Wichita-area Senate seat after conservative Republicans targeted her in the August 2012 primary. She has since become a Democrat.