Kansas Democrats File Elections Protest

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 14, 2012

Democrats say one of their Kansas House candidates is being denied a spot on the ballot because the secretary of state's office lost his paperwork.

Democratic Party officials announced Thursday that they will challenge a decision by Secretary of State Kris Kobach not to list Larry Meeker, of Lake Quivira, as a candidate for the 17th House District in the Kansas City area. They had until Thursday evening to file an objection with Kobach's office.

Kobach is a Republican, but House Minority Leader Paul Davis, a Lawrence Democrat, said he doesn't believe the decision against Meeker was motived by politics or malice. Davis said he believes Kobach's office simply made a mistake.

Kobach spokeswoman Kay Curtis said only that his office does not have a form for Meeker.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Kansas Democrats are promising to file what they're describing as a formal elections objection aimed at protecting ballot access.

The office of House Minority Leader Paul Davis, of Lawrence, wasn't more specific before a Thursday morning news conference at the Statehouse.

Typically, under Kansas law, an objection is filed with the secretary of state's office, challenging an individual candidate's right to be on the ballot. The candidate filing deadline was Monday, and objections can be filed until Thursday evening.

Such protests will be considered by the State Objections Board, which is scheduled to meet next week. The board is Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, all Republicans.

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