Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer is calling on Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to stop advising election officials as the two are locked in a tight battle to be the state’s Republican gubernatorial nominee.
Wow: county clerk pointing a finger at Kobach, who is both candidate and election administrator, in a big vote-tabulation discrepancy > https://t.
“The recount thing is done on a county level, so the secretary of state does not actually participate directly in the recount,” Kobach said after initial results showed him winning by fewer than 200 votes. “The secretary of state’s office merely serves as a coordinating entity overseeing it all but not actually counting the votes.”
In a letter Thursday Colyer argued that Kobach was advising county election officials, not serving as merely a coordinating entity.
“It has come to my attention that your office is giving advice to county election officials – as recently as a conference call yesterday – and you are making public statements on national television which are inconsistent with Kansas law and may serve to suppress the vote in the ongoing Kansas primary election process,” Colyer wrote in a letter addressed to Kobach.
Kansas Gov. Colyer wants Secretary of State Kobach to recuse himself from giving election advice to local election officials. In private Colyer says that Kobach has been advising county officials not to count mail-in ballots without postmarks or with illegible postmarks.
Additionally, Colyer encourages Kobach to count all provisional ballots submitted by unaffiliated voters and asked Kobach to respond by Friday morning. Kobach co-chaired Trump’s recently disbanded voter fraud commission, and refused to accept a recent report that the commission found no evidence of widespread voter fraud.Join The Conversation