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Kansas governorís race turns nasty as Kobachís lead dwindles
apnews ^ | 08/09/18 | JOHN HANNA

Posted on 08/09/2018 7:52:43 PM PDT by yesthatjallen

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Thursday that he will remove himself from the further counting of votes while his Republican primary battle with Gov. Jeff Colyer hangs in the balance, describing it as a “symbolic” step in response to a public demand from Colyer.

The governor publicly accused Kobach, the state’s top elections official, of giving county election officials information about the handling of yet-uncounted ballots “inconsistent with Kansas law.” He demanded in a letter to Kobach that Kobach stop advising county officials and have the state’s attorney general do it instead.

The close contest between the embattled governor and a conservative lightning rod took another acrimonious turn as Kobach’s already tiny lead shrunk from 191 votes to just 121 out of 311,000 ballots cast, after two counties reported discrepancies in their initial tallies.

Kobach needled Colyer in a Fox Business network appearance Thursday evening, saying it would be “pointless” to remove himself from the process because the state’s 105 counties handle the counting of ballots but he might do so just to make Colyer “feel good.”

But a little more than an hour later, questioned on CNN, Kobach said: “I said, ’Of course, if he wants me to, I would,” and he has said, ‘OK, I do want you to,’ so I will.”

The counting is not complete because state law says mail-in ballots that are postmarked Tuesday can be accepted by the counties as late as Friday. And county officials still must review perhaps several thousand provisional ballots, given to voters at the polls when their eligibility is in question. They have until Aug. 20 to finish.

Colyer released his letter to Kobach after his campaign announced that it had set up a “voting integrity” hotline and urged people to report their complaints about the election. Colyer spokesman Kendall Marr said it received “countless” reports, saying he personally knows of several dozen.

“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 primary election process,” Colyer said in his letter to Kobach.

In the letter, Colyer questioned whether Kobach was advising counties not to count some mail-in ballots, including those with missing or unreadable postmarks, even if they arrived by Friday. He also said he heard reports that some unaffiliated voters — who by law can declare an affiliation at the polls and vote in a primary — were given provisional ballots instead of the regular ballots they were due.

And Colyer wrote that circumstances “obviously increase the likelihood that one of the candidates may seek a recount, or even the possibility of litigation.”

Kobach, a vocal advocate of tough immigration and voter identification policies, advised Trump’s campaign in 2016 and the White House afterward and served as vice chairman of Trump’s now disbanded commission on election fraud. Trump tweeted his endorsement of Kobach on Monday, less than 24 hours before polls opened.

But Kobach’s no-apology, hard-right conservatism has alienated even some fellow Republicans, and Colyer has sought to project a more mild-mannered, steadier style.

As secretary of state, Kobach sets rules, gives county officials guidance and appoints election commissioners in the state’s four most populous counties. Kobach spokeswoman Danedri Herbert said he would respond to Colyer’s letter Friday.

Kobach told reporters Wednesday that he knew of no significant reports of irregularities in Tuesday’s primaries, outside of long delays in reporting results from the state’s most populous county. There, Johnson County in the Kansas City area, results were delayed by problems with uploading data from new voting machines.

But the totals for the GOP primary for governor’s race in at least two counties posted on the secretary of state’s website did not match the totals from the counties themselves.

First, in Thomas County in the state’s northwest corner, the final, unofficial results posted on the secretary of state’s website show Kobach winning there with 466 votes to Colyer’s 422. But the tally posted by the Thomas County clerk’s office shows Colyer with 522 votes, or 100 votes more, a number the clerk confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday.

Bryan Caskey, state elections director, said county officials pointed out the discrepancy Thursday following a routine request for a postelection check of the numbers to counties by the secretary of state’s office.

“This is a routine part of the process,” Caskey said. “This is why we emphasize that election-night results are unofficial.”

Thomas County Clerk Shelly Harms said it’s possible that her handwriting on the tally sheet faxed to the secretary of state’s office was bad enough in the rush of primary-night business that the number for Colyer wasn’t clear. But a copy she provided to the AP showed that the number for Colyer is unambiguously “522.”

“They just misread it,” she told the AP.

On CNN, Kobach suggested the mistake was among the kind of “keystroke errors” that happen routinely and are caught later.

And in Haskell County, elections officials said they had not initially reported returns from one precinct. Once those votes were added, the net result was a gain of 30 votes.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: jeffcolyer; kansas; kriskobach; myass

1 posted on 08/09/2018 7:52:43 PM PDT by yesthatjallen
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To: yesthatjallen

The last time Kansas had a libtard governor, Barry the socialist became preezy.


2 posted on 08/09/2018 7:56:02 PM PDT by Moorings
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To: yesthatjallen

At least Kobach appointed all the folks in the SoS office. In Ohio-12, they are subject to John Kasich’s #NeverTrump cronies to “find missing ballots” to help O’Connor prevail.


3 posted on 08/09/2018 7:57:26 PM PDT by montag813
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To: yesthatjallen

EVERY Republican running this year MUST stand up to the Socialist Democrat Party! Threaten lawsuits - take it to each and EVERY State Supreme Court!

That’s how the Dirty ‘Rats have played it for DECADES!

Thank You, President Trump! Thank you for paving the way, taking no quarter and calling out these CHEATERS every d@mn day! God Bless You!


4 posted on 08/09/2018 7:58:33 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set.)
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To: yesthatjallen

Colyer sounds more like a democrat


5 posted on 08/09/2018 8:17:40 PM PDT by falcon99
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To: yesthatjallen

Wait till they find 600 pro-Colyer ballots in a mayonnaise jar under the porch of the head of the state Democratic Party.

Wasn’t that how the pro-communist Secy of State for Minnesota made sure that Al Franken beat Sen. Norman Coleman, or was it some other poor Republican who got screwed by “suddenly found missing ballots”.

And if you ever have a Democrat vote counter named Chad, run for the police, fast.


6 posted on 08/09/2018 8:28:37 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: yesthatjallen

Interesting how all the provisional votes are liberal votes.


7 posted on 08/09/2018 8:57:27 PM PDT by peggybac (Government is about force. It always has been about force.)
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To: peggybac

And discrepancy votes.


8 posted on 08/09/2018 8:58:19 PM PDT by peggybac (Government is about force. It always has been about force.)
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To: peggybac

Going towards the more liberal candidate. Sorry, I’m tired. Wish we could delete and start all over.


9 posted on 08/09/2018 8:58:56 PM PDT by peggybac (Government is about force. It always has been about force.)
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To: montag813

“In Ohio-12, they are subject to John Kasich’s #NeverTrump cronies to “find missing ballots” to help O’Connor prevail.”

Agreed. They’re trying to “find” enough ballots to stir up a recount at minimum.

(TBH, Ohio-12 would do well to just cut off Franklin County)


10 posted on 08/09/2018 8:59:20 PM PDT by setha (England: Once great, now lost to the Diversity Deviants & Mohammedans.)
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To: yesthatjallen
EVERYONE must show an ID, proof of residency, and fingerprinting for voting.
No more early voting.
Absentee ballot voting only for active-duty military personnel.
Voting rolls purged annually.
Touch-screen voting where votes are tabulated into a ROM disc (in which the disc can't be manipulated or hacked - and the medium protected by armed guards).
11 posted on 08/09/2018 8:59:50 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (GOAT POTUS TRUMP)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Every Republican needs to vote in every election and primary.

People, many on FR, believe Trump Republicans have it in the bag.

The Trump victory blindsided Democrats. They won't be fooled again. They will vote or try to win by other means. This is not a game to them. This is revenge.

Complacency and cockiness will lead to loses.

12 posted on 08/09/2018 9:15:25 PM PDT by yesthatjallen
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To: yesthatjallen

One might in fact be surprised how inflamed the Democrat movement is. Things may come to a knife edge balance.


13 posted on 08/09/2018 9:26:28 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Tryin' hard to win the No-Bull Prize.)
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To: yesthatjallen

Part of our problem today is that our elections don’t represent nearly as much of the electorate as they could. A theoretically perfect poll might come to a different conclusion than our practical polls where participation is voluntary and energization (word?) is an important factor.


14 posted on 08/09/2018 9:29:18 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Tryin' hard to win the No-Bull Prize.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Use the Russian Hacking hoax as the reason to tighten up all aspects of election security and information assurance.

Use the 9/11 attacks as the reason to continually tighten border security and immigration policy.


15 posted on 08/09/2018 9:37:52 PM PDT by Dr. Pritchett
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I disagree with only one point in your statement; as a former Marine and current truck driver, absentee ballots have allowed me to continue to participate when I was away from home on voting day. It would be pointedly disadvantaging to those of us who cannot always get to the actual polls.


16 posted on 08/09/2018 9:52:48 PM PDT by Spacetrucker (George Washington didn't use his freedom of speech to defeat the British - HE SHOT THEM .. WITH GUNS)
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To: falcon99

Colyer has the support of Bob Dole, who is the only national Republican presidential contender to endorse Trump.


17 posted on 08/10/2018 3:07:34 AM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
EVERY Republican running this year MUST stand up to the Socialist Democrat Party! Threaten lawsuits - take it to each and EVERY State Supreme Court!

You are aware that this was the Republican primary, right?

18 posted on 08/10/2018 3:44:49 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: DoodleDawg

Yes. I’m just speaking in general. My Primary for selecting a Republican to oust Tammy Baldwin (D, WI) is coming up August 14th, so I’m getting kind of revved up. The two Candidates are one of our State Senators, Leah Vukmir and some fly-by-night that out of state PACs are throwing money at, Kevin Nichols. I’m voting for Leah. The tactics they’re using behind Nichols is what GOT us Tammy Baldwin in the FIRST place.

The Dems choose, that day, who will challenge Governor Walker in November. Tony Evers, Super. of Schools, is looking like he has the lead, but the other candidates have been hitting the advertising and mailings pretty hard.

Governor Walker will beat whoever they put up against him. :)


19 posted on 08/10/2018 5:48:15 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set.)
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