To the editor:
Recently I was having a conversation with an acquaintance in Lawrence about the actions taken by the State Objections Board to determine ballot eligibility questions consisting of the secretary of state, the attorney general and the lieutenant governor. He said that their actions on the complaint filed about Obama being on the November ballot was embarrassing to the state strictly because Kris Kobach was on the board. I disagreed, saying that it is their job to consider all complaints filed by individuals or parties whether or not the complaint has validity. All complaints must be investigated, considered and acted upon.
The board delayed their decision on Obama until Monday, so they could gather more information. Kobach was quoted in the Kansas City Star paper “Delaying doesn’t in any way give any credence to the claim of the objector. Delaying it simply says this is the state Objections Board, created by Kansas statute, and we need to take our responsibilities seriously.”
I am personally glad that they are taking their time to determine all complaints. They recently ruled on a complaint filed by a homosexual group against a Democratic legislator from Hutchinson saying she doesn’t live in the old church in her district. Democratic legislator Tom Sawyer had a complaint filed that said he doesn’t live in the house where he is registered. This is the Objections Board responsibility. They ruled against the complainant in both cases. Don’t be embarrassed or think they are silly because state officeholders are doing their job.