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Kansas secretary of state race turns on views of scattered voter issues

October 29, 2010


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2010 Kansas Elections: Kansas Secretary of State

Chris Biggs, Kris Kobach, Phillip Horatio Lucas and Derek Langseth are running for Kansas Secretary of State.

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— The race for Kansas secretary of state is part of a national debate.

The debate concerns whether requiring photo identification at the polls helps combat election fraud or disenfranchises some voters.

Republican Kris Kobach's promise to stop voter fraud is the cornerstone of his campaign against Democrat Chris Biggs, the incumbent secretary of state.

For months, the two have hashed over roughly three dozen reports of potential election irregularities in the past 12 years.

Kobach contends the scattered cases signify a big problem. Biggs argues that Kobach is exaggerating the problem.

The same partisan divide has arisen in a handful of other states.


texburgh 7 years, 5 months ago

Kobach held a press conference to announce he found a dead guy on the voter roles and that, if he (Kris Kobach) were secretary of state, he would have the guy taken off. Kobach even mentioned the Wichita man by name. Problem is the Wichita Eagle called the guy up and found that he was indeed ALIVE and was planning to vote on Tuesday.

Elect Kobach if you want to suppress voting in Kansas. If you think the secretary of state has the right to take you off the voter roles because he thinks you might have died, then vote for Kobach.

If you want a secretary of state who wants you to exercise your right to vote, then vote for Biggs.

Kendall Simmons 7 years, 5 months ago

Except that it WASN"T illegal voting and no illegal aliens were involved.

Had Kobach had his way, an 78 year old Republican would have been stricken from the rolls because his father had died in 1996. And you think this is good...why???

jesse499 7 years, 5 months ago

So just let anybody vote and vote early and often as many times as u can. Sounds like the way it is in Obamas home state. I don't see any problem with being sure who ever is voting is legal unless of course YOU ARE TRYING TO DO SOMETHING ThATS NOT LEGAL MAYBE THATS YOUR PROBLEM MAYBE TO MAKE SURE THAT VOTERS ARE LEGAL WOULD CAUSE A PROBLEM DAM IT COULD BE A FAIR VOTE THAT WOULD BE A PROBLEM FOR SOME PEOPLE.

WilburM 7 years, 5 months ago

You know, in 21st Century America, there is just not much voter fraud at all. There are close elections, and bureaucratic snags, as well as technological problems. But there have been almost no major scandals here, as opposed to mid-20th Century politics, when big blocs of votes could be bought (see Texas, 1941 and 1948).

This is a constructed issue, which Republicans use to reduce the likelihood of the old and minorities voting.

When was the last time KS (with R Secs of State) had a major voter fraud case, which actually affected an election.

There are plenty of real issue to talk about.

Bob_Keeshan 7 years, 5 months ago

Only Kris Kobach will protect us from the zombies.

lgreen17 7 years, 5 months ago

There's only been two cases of "voter fraud" in douglas county in 5 years. The same guy kept filling out his wife's absentee ballot and mailing it in. They asked him not to do it again, but he did, so they turned it over to the prosecutor's office.

This is a solution looking for a problem.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 5 months ago

Once he gets all that voter fraud rooted out, next he'll go after all those illegally removed mattress tags-- it's been going on way too long.

Kendall Simmons 7 years, 5 months ago

Apathy??? What on earth are you talking about? There's no evidence of all those darned illegal aliens voting in Kansas and this means he's apathetic? How? And there's no evidence of anything other than a very occasional person voting the guy who kept sending in his deceased wife's absentee ballots...and this means Biggs is apathetic? How?

Have you forgotten that Biggs has only been Secretary of State since March? PLEASE tell us what messes he's made in those whole 7 months, OK?? Just one would be fine.

Oh, and have you also forgotten that, prior to Biggs being appointed to fill Republican Ron Thornburgh's position in March, with the exception of Larry Ryan in 1949-1951, the Kansas Secretary of State position has been held by a Republican since 1899!!!! So, if you want to blame a political party for all of Kansas's alleged voting fraud woes...BLAME A REPUBLICAN!!! It'll still be imaginary, but at least you'll be blaming the right party. Yeesh.

Kendall Simmons 7 years, 5 months ago

Oh...I apologize. You did say "You would think Biggs couldn't screw up the office in one year. Wrong!".

But I still challenge you to give us just one genuine example of a Biggs screwup. Not a Kobach news conference erroneous claim, mind you. But a real life example of a screwup.

I won't hold my breath.

cowboy 7 years, 5 months ago

Kobach is a documented moron !

From the Cap Journal

"On Thursday, he called a news conference in Topeka to say there could be nearly 2,000 cases in which people were falsely using the identity of a dead man or woman to cast ballots in Kansas. He said his campaign was reasonably convinced someone used the identity of a deceased Wichita man when voting in the August 2010 primary.

"Let me just give you one example: Albert K. Brewer," Kobach said. "It's pretty amazing what you find when you look at the voter rolls."

Kobach said it "certainly seems like a very real possibility" that someone was stepping into Brewer's shoes at the ballot box.

One problem with the claim: Al Brewer is alive.

He's a Republican, just like Kobach. He's 78 years of age, lives in Wichita and has been a consistent voter since the 1960s.

"I've had calls from friends to affirm that I'm still alive," Brewer said in an interview from his home Friday in Sedgwick County.

Funny how reality can get in the way of idealogue.

LJW - I expect a front page story on this tomorrow after all the pimping you have done for the republican candidates this election.

cowboy 7 years, 5 months ago

Kobach plans to take out those pesky legal voters

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