Kobach Sees Crisis Over Redistricting

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is warning lawmakers that a potential constitutional crisis is brewing because they haven't yet redrawn political districts.

But Kobach said Monday that he's also wary of a new proposal to postpone the state's primary election until the last week of August if lawmakers don't set new political boundaries soon enough.

Lawmakers reconvene Wednesday for a wrap-up session that could continue through early May. Legislators must redraw state House, state Senate and congressional districts to account for changes in the state's population during the past decade.

Kobach said the Kansas Constitution doesn't allow the state Supreme Court to draw lines for lawmakers. He says the court can only review what legislators have done.

But he said delaying the primary would hurt the democratic process.

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