LISTEN LIVE KPR - On Air: Listen Live to classical, jazz and NPR news Schedule LATEST
NEWSCAST
KPR 2 - On Air: Listen live to KPR's all talk-radio service, KPR2 Recordings

Share this page              

Democrats Want Secretary Kobach to Recuse Himself

Secretary of State Kris Kobach speaking at a campaign event earlier this year. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

The tight race for governor is adding extra scrutiny to a potential conflict of interest in state government. Democrats have called on Secretary of State Kris Kobach to remove himself from oversight of the election because he’s also running for governor.

A spokesperson for Kobach says he has a constitutional responsibility to oversee elections, even his own.

Kobach has said in the past that he’s insulated because vote counting is actually done by the counties, not his office.

Emporia State University political scientist Michael Smith says it’s not so much an issue about Kobach, but how Kansas law set up the office.

“If that person’s running for re-election, then you have that conflict of interest kind of built into the state Constitution,” Smith says.

Smith says people are paying extra attention to the issue this year because the race for governor could be very close.

Stephen Koranda has more:


Tower Frequencies

91.5 FM KANU Lawrence, Topeka, Kansas City
96.1 FM K241AR Lawrence (KPR2)
89.7 FM KANH Emporia
99.5 FM K258BT Manhattan
97.9 FM K250AY Manhattan (KPR2)
91.3 FM  KANV Junction City, Olsburg
89.9 FM K210CR Atchison
90.3 FM KANQ Chanute

See the Coverage Map for more details

Contact Us

Kansas Public Radio
1120 West 11th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Download Map
785-864-4530 (Main Line)
888-577-5268 (Toll Free)
contact@kansaspublicradio.org