Kansas Secretary of State

The U.S. attorney’s office for Kansas will have a hotline ready where voters can report any potential problems on Election Day.

Election Day issues can range from signs or other campaigning too close to a polling place all the way to intimidating voters or trying to impersonate a voter.

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A federal judge has revived a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a Kansas law requiring prospective voters to prove they are U.S. citizens.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson on Wednesday gave Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach a pass for failing to file a timely response to the lawsuit. She set aside a court clerk's default judgment issued last week against the state.

Robinson says the case is of constitutional significance and public interest, and that it deserves to be decided on the merits and not through procedural default.

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The Kansas general election ballot is now set.

Officials in the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office late last week cleared the last hurdle to certifying the roster of candidates for the Nov. 8 election by granting presidential candidate Jill Stein’s request to change the person listed on the ballot as her vice presidential running mate.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is defending his role as an advisor to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Kobach has been giving the candidate advice on immigration issues and advocating for Trump on national news programs. Kobach says his role as secretary of state is both elected and partisan, so he doesn't see any conflict between his Kansas job and his open support of Trump.

“For a secretary of state to express positions, in particular ones where I might have some expertise outside of my official capacity, I think that’s perfectly fine,” Kobach. says

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Unofficial results show recent voter turnout in Sedgwick County was slightly below predictions.

There are around 281,000 registered voters in the county. More than 47,000 ballots were cast for Tuesday’s primary elections, including early voting, advanced voting by mail and ballots cast at the polls. That puts voter turnout at about 17 percent. Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman said earlier this week she expected about 20 percent of voters to participate in the primary.

Around 1300 provisional ballots still need to be counted by the county canvassing board.

Local Ministerial League At Odds With SAFE Act

Jul 30, 2014
Sean Sandefur

 

Members of the Greater Wichita Ministerial League gathered Wednesday morning to voice their concerns over voter I.D. laws in Kansas. About 20 ministers from different denominations hosted the event. 

Schodorf Officially Announces Secretary Of State Run

Oct 30, 2013

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.

Schodorf To Challenge Kobach For Secretary Of State

Sep 25, 2013

Former Republican state senator Jean Schodorf says she will run for Kansas Secretary of State next year as a Democrat.

Schodorf, from Wichita, confirmed her intention to run Tuesday during a meeting of the Saline County Democratic Party. Schodorf will challenge incumbent Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

After serving 12 years in the state Senate as a moderate Republican, she lost a bid for re-election after conservative Republicans targeted her for defeat in 2012. Schodorf switched her party affiliation to Democrat in September 2012.