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Statehouse Live: Kobach files to run in GOP primary for secretary of state

June 8, 2010

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— Kris Kobach officially filed Tuesday to seek the Republican Party nomination for secretary of state, saying he wanted to transform the office into more of a law enforcement operation prosecuting allegations of voter fraud.

Local politicians file for upcoming elections

Lynn Jenkins and Kris Kobach both filed today for their desired political offices and Tom Holland said he'd announce tomorrow via Facebook who his running mate for governor would be. Enlarge video

“Now is the time to restore integrity of Kansas elections,” Kobach said. He said election fraud is an issue in Kansas.

Kobach has made national headlines as having helped write Arizona’s new immigration law, and defended anti-illegal immigration efforts across the United States.

If elected secretary of state, Kobach said he would push for two new state laws -- one would require a photo ID to vote, and another would require proof of citizenship to register to vote. Without proof of citizenship, he said, “It’s very easy to register aliens to vote.”

He also said he would want greater statutory authority to prosecute allegations of election fraud.

Kobach, who is an attorney from Piper and former state GOP chairman, said if elected he would continue to handle appeals of immigration laws that he has been involved with outside of Kansas. But, he said, he would do that after putting in 40 to 50 hours per week as secretary of state.

He will face Shawnee County elections commissioner Elizabeth Ensley and J.R. Claeys of Salina in the Aug. 3 primary. Incumbent Chris Biggs will face Kansas City state Sen. Chris Steineger in the Democratic primary.

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Jeff Zamrzla 3 years, 10 months ago

ibroke - are you hearing voices also? You know, I am an older man who did his share of LSD before it was rendered illegal. I understand there are a nmber of concurrent studies going now to evaluate its benefit to the schizophrenic community. Perhaps you should consider volunteering.

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a_flock_of_jayhawks 3 years, 10 months ago

ibroke (anonymous) says…

"none2---just how is a politician suppost to help constituents???"

I take it you have never served in the US military. There is a vital service they provide to separated servicemember constituents that is part of their job description.

Besides that, Congressmembers usually have a member of their staff that is designated to manage constituent services. If a constituent has a problem with a government department or agency, they are a good resource to get assistance or answers. Kobach is gunning for SOS, so I don't believe that his job would contain that component though.

Now you know.

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ibroke 3 years, 10 months ago

none2---just how is a politician suppost to help constituents???

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Orwell 3 years, 10 months ago

His victory would be our loss, as voter suppression tactics become official Kansas policy.

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none2 3 years, 10 months ago

Unfortunately he may win. People are more interested in pretty boy politicians, than politicians who are trying to help their constituents. You should have seen all the JoCo's droolling over him back a couple of years ago. Kobach will win the drooling straw poll. I wouldn't be surprised if some of his supporters hang his picture in their bathrooms.

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Paul R Getto 3 years, 10 months ago

deathpenaltyliberal (anonymous) says… "What a hack! Election "fraud" is a myth. Do you know how many people have been convicted, or just arrested, for voter fraud in the whole state of Kansas in the last five years? Hint: It's in the single digits." === DPL: Good point, and as I recall, the number of documented cases of undocumented immigrants voting and then being convicted of a crime is zero. We all have our myths. Let Mr. Kobach run on his. At least he'll be able to claim victory when he eliminates the problem that doesn't really exist.

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ibroke 3 years, 10 months ago

Duties of the Secretary of State [ Electoral The Secretary of State is the chief elections officer of the state, administering elections and voter registration throughout the state. The office also files campaign finance reports[2] and registers lobbyists.[3] The duty of regulating lobbying and campaign finance is shared with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission.

[ Economic The Secretary operates the Business Filing Center, which registers business entities, trademarks, trade names, and liens made pursuant to the Uniform Commercial Code.[4]

The secretary regulates a wide variety of businesses, including sports agents, trade unions,[5] cemeteries, and funeral homes.[6]

Administrative The Secretary's Publications Section is responsible for publishing various legal and informational documents for the state. This includes statutory and administrative law publications such as session laws, regulations, and the state's gazette, the Kansas Register.[7]

The Secretary also operates "Safe at Home", the state's Address Confidentiality Program[8] and conducts census adjustments

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BigAl 3 years, 10 months ago

Has there been any voter fraud reported in Kansas?

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davidsmom 3 years, 10 months ago

I totally support Kris Kobach.

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ibroke 3 years, 10 months ago

I think he has good ideas, I would vote for him

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Diana Lee 3 years, 10 months ago

Such a scary, scary thought. We've got to make sure he doesn't get this.

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SeaBee 3 years, 10 months ago

Krazy Kris for SOS!

Based on my memory of what SOS stood for in the breakfast mess, he's already there.

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emptymind 3 years, 10 months ago

Is this the same guy being investigated for campaign finance law violations while serving as an executive of the GOP? Just wonderin.....hmm somethin smells

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deathpenaltyliberal 3 years, 10 months ago

What a hack! Election "fraud" is a myth.

Do you know how many people have been convicted, or just arrested, for voter fraud in the whole state of Kansas in the last five years? Hint: It's in the single digits.

So this "fiscal conservative" is going to go all nanny state and make us show three forms of ID before exercising our constitutional right to vote? Where's the cost-benefit analysis? There is none, because he wouldn't want facts to get in the way of politics.

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Jeff Zamrzla 3 years, 10 months ago

I wonder if he hears voices with the paranoia he feels? Could he be a closeted Paranoid schezophrenic? Yake your pills Chris. 'They' will go away of you take the pills.

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coldplay 3 years, 10 months ago

voter fraud is HUGE in kansas. freakin' HUGE!

i mean it is a HUGE problem! the hugest! It's hugetastic!

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