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Kobach re-elected as Kansas secretary of state

November 4, 2014

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— Republican Kris Kobach has won re-election as Kansas secretary of state after championing photo ID and proof-of-citizenship requirements for voters.

Kobach won a second, four-year term in Tuesday's election by defeating Democrat and former state Sen. Jean Schodorf of Wichita.

The key issues were policies Kobach advocated as the state's top elections official.

A 2012 law enacted at his urging requires all voters to show photo ID at the polls. A 2013 law requires new voters to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship when registering.

Kobach said the policies prevent election fraud. Critics argued that they suppress turnout.

More than 20,000 Kansas residents' voter registrations are on hold because they haven't provided proof of citizenship.

Schodorf voted for both policies as a legislator but said Kobach administered them poorly.

Comments

Steve King 2 years, 11 months ago

Did he win by 20,000 votes? Unbelieveable.

Phil Minkin 2 years, 11 months ago

It's too bad for Kansas, but on the bright his efforts to disenfranchise the potentially largest voting bloc in the 2016 election may make it impossible for the GOP nationally.

Clara Westphal 2 years, 11 months ago

Kobach seems to be the only one interested in quelling the illegal immigration.

There is voter fraud. In the election before this one, a woman was stopped when she tried to vote at more than one voting place.

It is not that hard to prove citizenship if you are a citizen. If you lack the documents, apply to the State Treasurer for an application, fill it out, enclose $15 and you will receive a copy of a birth certificate. Jamie Shew said earlier that if people come into his office they will help them.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 2 years, 11 months ago

"There is voter fraud. In the election before this one, a woman was stopped when she tried to vote at more than one voting place."

Sources? And your hairdresser's husbands third cousin doesn't count.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 2 years, 11 months ago

Clara, I'm still waiting for you sources? As to you, Dan, I have nothing to fear with my last name. I realize you are probably one of those men who demand a woman give up her life for you, but not all men are like that. I feel sorry for Mrs. Dan Eyler. She doesn't have much of an identity.

Dan Eyler 2 years, 11 months ago

Be very cautious of those with hyphenated last names.

Philipp Wannemaker 2 years, 11 months ago

And exactly why did you make that ignorant statement?

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