Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Kobach strikes back

By The Herald Staff | 6/30/2014

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has fired back at his critics. Kobach announced that his Republican primary opponent, Scott Morgan of Lawrence, had one last day to switch party affiliations from Republican to Democrat before the Aug. 5 primary election, according to a news release.

New legislation in the state of Kansas established a deadline of June 1 to switch parties in order to vote in the appropriate primary election held on Aug. 5, but because the law doesn’t go into effect until July 1, residents had until then to switch parties, but only until June 1 in subsequent years.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has fired back at his critics. Kobach announced that his Republican primary opponent, Scott Morgan of Lawrence, had one last day to switch party affiliations from Republican to Democrat before the Aug. 5 primary election, according to a news release.

New legislation in the state of Kansas established a deadline of June 1 to switch parties in order to vote in the appropriate primary election held on Aug. 5, but because the law doesn’t go into effect until July 1, residents had until then to switch parties, but only until June 1 in subsequent years.

Kobach said he would like to remind Morgan that Monday was the last day for him to switch to the Democratic Party, because, “[I]t appears that Mr. Morgan has mistakenly registered in the Republican Party.”

Citing answers Morgan gave on a 2008 candidate survey, Kobach said Morgan’s views are favored by the Democratic Party rather than the Republican Party, including opposing the Kansas law permitting concealed carry of firearms, support of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, that “abortions should always be legal,” implementing a new carbon tax to reduce fossil fuel emissions, allowing medical marijuana use and the decriminalization of the possession of marijuana, changing laws to allow civil unions for gay couples in Kansas, tax increases and the photo ID requirements to vote.

Last week, both of Kobach’s challengers, Morgan and Democrat Jean Schodorf, criticized Kobach for his philosophy and tactics related to voting regulations. Morgan has compared Kobach’s Kansas to George Orwell’s dystopian world in the novel “1984.”

“Like many Kansans, I had always thought the word ‘disenfranchised’ meant to deprive someone of their right to vote,” Morgan said earlier this month. “However, apparently in Kobachian language not letting select Kansans vote for governor, secretary of state or any other nonfederal election in Kansas is not depriving them of their right to vote but rather simply protecting their right to vote.”

Schodorf originally voted to pass the law that created the voting restrictions. She said her regret was not voting for the law but trusting Kobach.

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