Archive for Thursday, August 3, 2017

Editorial: Kobach is not doing his job

Secretary of state had a legal obligation to publicize new voting schedule, but he did very little

August 3, 2017

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Instead of helping President Donald Trump promote the myth of widespread voter fraud around the U.S., perhaps Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach should spend more time serving the voters of Kansas.

Turnout in Tuesday’s municipal primary elections was an abysmal 10 percent in Douglas County and extremely low elsewhere in the state. Part of the problem is that Kobach’s office did little to educate the public about the new election date, even though his office was explicitly directed to do so in the 2015 bill that moved city and school board elections from the spring to the fall in odd-numbered years.

The bill directed the secretary of state’s office to develop a public information program to inform voters of the election change, which meant that instead of municipal elections in April with primaries in February or March, elections would now be held in November with primaries in August.

“Such public information program shall include, at a minimum, the explanation of which public office elections are being transferred from spring to fall elections,” the new statute reads. “The program shall include the use of advertisements and public service announcements as well as posting of information on the opening pages of the official internet websites of the secretary of state and county election officers.”

But beyond putting some information on the secretary of state’s website, there is no evidence that Kobach’s office promoted the election change with advertising or public service announcements. It appears that Kobach’s office did little at all to create awareness of the new primary date.

Imagine if Kobach invested as much time in promoting election awareness and participation as he does in fighting the ACLU’s efforts to grow voter registration or helping Trump advance the theory that he would have won the popular vote over Hillary Clinton if not for up to 5 million illegal votes. Kobach is serving as the vice chair of the controversial Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which supposedly is investigating Trump’s illegal vote claims.

The motivating factor behind lawmakers’ push to change the dates for municipal elections was to increase voter participation. That’s certainly not what happened in this week’s primary. Hopefully, Kobach will do a better job promoting election awareness between now and November. He certainly can’t do much worse.

Comments

Theodore Calvin 1 week, 6 days ago

The headline makes it seem that this is a new revelation and we had no idea up until this point. I think people have been screaming those exact words for some time now.

Sam Crow 1 week, 6 days ago

It appears the new LJW is playing to the crowd. The Lady GaGa of Kansas Newspapers.

An exhaustive LexisNexis search of multiple terms brought no complaints, or even references, in 2008 for Kathy Sebelius traveling the country campaigning for Obama while she was governor. She even made frequent appearances on network news shows as an official surrogate for him. Yet no outrage from the Lawrence Liberals.

That is the epitome of hypocrisy.

Now they are trying to lay the blame on the Secretary of State for the woeful turnout at Tuesdays election ion Lawrence. In fact was simply voter apathy.

In JOCO the turnout was higher, even record setting, for a local primary. Sedgewick County turnout was also higher. The Wyandotte County official indicated that the slightly lower turnout there could not be attributed to lack of advertising. Ergo, it would appear that the low turnout in Lawrence does not correlate with a lack of a PSA push from Topeka.

Those that wanted to vote knew there was an election. Lay the blame for the low Lawrence turnout where it belongs. The people of Lawrence. Some people just don't care.

Bob Forer 1 week, 6 days ago

Whatever Sebelius or didn't do is simply irrelevant.

Kocbach is not doing his job. What part of that, Crow, don't you understand?

Sam Crow 1 week, 6 days ago

Kobach is doing an excellent job.

Because of the overly partisan glasses you look through, you just don't agree with the way he is doing it.

You have a bad case of selective outrage.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 week, 5 days ago

He didn't do what he was told, did he? Did you even read the article? Facts really bother you, don't they?

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 week, 5 days ago

Oh it's the alt right's way of debating. Divert the topic to someone else. Don't fall for it.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 week, 6 days ago

Sure he is!!........he sees his "job" as preventing from voting anyone who would dare vote for a Democratic candidate.

Dick Sengpiehl 1 week, 6 days ago

He is running for Governor. We should defeat him soundly in the primary and certainly if he makes it to the general. He's worthless. He mishandled the Republican Party when I believe he was either state chairman or had an important Republican state job. He's smart, that's for sure. But dishonest. Tried to get by code requirements for his house in Douglas County. And as for illegal voters, that has been a farce. Few found.

Jonathan Becker 1 week, 5 days ago

Ron Thornburgh, Kobach's predecessor, developed a web site that became the standard for other Secretaries of State. When he entered office, Kobach said he would be making major improvements to the web site. Other than monetizing electronic filing, we are still waiting for Kobach's improvements. It is not sexy to the base to do IT, but IT improvements are the requirements of the job.

Richard Quinlan 1 week, 5 days ago

LJW , file the FOI requests for Kobachs absentee days from office , phone , printing , mailing expenses , travel expenses . there is no way he can maintain this high profile without cheating the state and citizens of Kansas. Hes a known liar so lets see the paperwork.

Anne Brown 1 week, 5 days ago

The market took good care of it. Kobach needed to do little to publicize. Those watching tv are not the voters. Few listen to radio public service announcements. What told me the elections were on? The yard signs (doh!) Those wanting your vote tell you when to go to the polls. Were Kobach a Lawrence Lib this would be a nonstory. Like Obama's many scandals and Hillary's corrupt campaign.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 week, 4 days ago

He was told to do it. He didn't do it. He was still paid for not doing his job. Whose the deadbeat?

Michael Kort 1 week, 5 days ago

Why is the State of Kansas paying Kriss Kobach for not doing his job here in Kansas ? ? ? ?

Why is our legislature saving his seat for him to sit in as its' SOS if he is clearly absent, in Washington DC and not doing his state job ? ? ? ?

Kobach ran for SOS knowing that it was a State job that he would be paid $ dependably for doing ....and I assume that the State pays him for that job ? ....that he is NOT doing ! ! !

NUTS ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Maybe the rest of us should become state officials and then simply do nothing for the state of Kansas and get paid for it ? ? ?

Kobach is a full time state official and he could always resign if he finds his job as SOS to be beneith himself to do as he is paid to do it .

Kobach is the SWAMP epitomized !

Richard Heckler 1 week, 4 days ago

"Look what Brownback and associates have knowingly done to public education and our economy etc etc etc. Taking kick backs for their less than ethical time in office.

Look at the Kobach behavior when asked to testify under oath and making up crap about voter fraud? And his wandering about the USA on our tax dollar.

Kobach had duty to publicize new voting schedule; it appears that he didn't.

How can Kobach be allowed to run for public office ever again?

Colyer was the architect of KanCare that was designed to keep taxpayers from accessing Medicaid which is a federal program supported with our tax dollars.

The Medicaid program is jointly funded by the federal government and states. The federal government pays states for a specified percentage of program expenditures, called the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP). FMAP varies by state based on criteria such as per capita income.

How is it these people can remain employed with a tax dollar supported pay check? Shouldn't these types of employees be subjected to termination without a rather expensive process as most employees?

Jeremy Smith 1 week, 3 days ago

Really people? You are suggesting that the liberals of Lawrence would be more inclined to vote just because Kobach told them to? Maybe if the candidates spent more time telling us their plans to fix this city rather than argue about rental properties and drunken parties then more people would have been interested. And what does it matter anyway? All of the candidates want to raise taxes and take more of our money. In fact, two of them approved a tax increase already. Remember this when its time to vote

Michael Kort 1 week, 2 days ago

If this were just another chance for Kobach to spit out his next twisted voter scam he'd be all over it on all network news and up on the highest rock were snakes and lizards sun themselves .

Too bad ! ......it was .just an election notice and his job to publicise it ..........but that was too menial a task for our Ks. wizard of voting scams to be involved with .

How much of his time will he give to the job if we elect him to be Governor............I can just imagine him at the UN trying to run the world with one or the other voter scams .

I guess that Kriss had better turn up millions of fraudulent voters who did not vote for Trump or the Donald is going to be mad at him !

What if fraudulent voters gave Trump the electoral college victory and Kobach outs Trump ?

FAT CHANCE of anything too honest happening .

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