Letters to the Editor

Nonelection duties

August 17, 2010


To the editor:

Both candidates for Kansas secretary of state seem to be addressing issues regarding elections. I can recall a candidate in 1970 suggesting that those who were not registered to vote in the Republican primary could go down to a certain outlying community in Johnson County and “drop” a ballot. That is no longer possible and Kansas is a long way from Chicago.

What I would like to see is a discussion of the primary responsibilities of the secretary of state, which I perceive as corporate filings and reports. This impacts business and commerce in the state. It happens every week of the year, not just when elections are imminent.

Could the required reports be simplified and still impart the required information? Could the rules and regulations be clarified? These are issues with impact on pocketbooks and prosperity.


Paul R Getto 6 years, 2 months ago

Earl: Not gonna happen. The catfights are too much fun. Fees are pretty high in Kansas for corporate paperwork. The legislature raised lots of fees and other 'one time items' when they didn't want to sponsor a tax load that would keep government services going. Ironically, despite all the chatter, the average Kansas has paid about the same amount of their gross income to the state for decades. Good points, however. I wish elections had something to do with issues as well.

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