Kansas Board Rejects Election Challenge
Associated Press - Tue 12:39 PM 06/19/2012
Kansas officials are refusing to reconsider
a decision by the Secretary of State's office that helped dozens of
legislative candidates after the state's political boundaries were
redrawn by federal judges.
The State Objections Board on Tuesday rejected a legal challenge
filed by Kansas House candidate Scott Hesse of Topeka. Hesse argued
that Secretary of State Kris Kobach did not have the legal
authority to assign more than 80 legislative candidates to the
correct districts after lines were redrawn.
Three federal judges drew new boundaries earlier this month just
days before the candidate filing deadline.
Kobach is chairman of the State Objections Board and defended
his policy during the meeting. Another board member, Lt. Gov. Jeff
Colyer, said overturning Kobach's decision would create problems in
administering the election.