FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Monday, June 30, 2014
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Morgan Calls on Kobach to Correct His State Website So That All Kansas Voters Could Have the Same Information He Tried Giving Morgan by Press Release
Scott Morgan, Republican challenger to incumbent Secretary of State Kris Kobach, today expressed appreciation for Kobach taking the time to issue a press release (http://goo.gl/fFwnMM) telling Morgan personally that today was the last day Morgan could switch his party affiliation.
“That is really helpful information because Kobach’s own website can’t get the date right so it’s awfully nice of him to reach out to me personally,” Morgan said. “Imagine if Kobach spent his full time on the duties of Secretary of State and got his website right rather than spending all of his time making money representing out-of-state clients and talking about issues having nothing to do with his job.”
Morgan detailed a number of examples where the website still has the wrong date for changing party affiliation. Among them was the “Calendar” that is brought up when a visitor to Kobach’s website clicks on the link “What are the election dates for 2014?”. That link still shows July 15th as the date to change parties.
“Kobach spends so much time worrying about who he views as a “real” Republican and so little time on the job Kansans pay him $86,000 a year to do,” Morgan said. “He was hired to be a full-time Secretary of State and all he seems interested in is making money and reviving his Republican Party ‘Loyalty Committee’ to test party purity.”
Morgan’s reference to a “Loyalty Committee” refers to when Kobach served as chair of the state party from 2007 to 2009. He pushed the State Committee to create a Loyalty Committee that he chaired so it could punish Republicans he viewed as not supporting the party.
“On the last day to change party under a new law, Kobach thinks he should issue a press release about me rather cleaning up his disaster of a website and giving Kansas voters accurate information,” Morgan said. “Maybe Kobach’s priorities are not in helping Kansans vote but in helping Kobach survive.”
Morgan said ultimately voters would decide if labels such as liberal, conservative or moderate had any relevance to the Secretary of State’s actual duties.
“The office has traditionally acted as an impartial professional office helping Kansans to vote while ensuring free and fair elections,” Morgan said. “This role has been viewed as free of partisan games until Kobach took over.”
Links to website errors:
http://www.voteks.org/main.html or http://www.voteks.org/calendar.html. A form calendar showing July 15th as the " Last day to register to vote or change party affiliation." Nothing is listed on June 30th. The calendar is accessible either directly or from the main page through the "Before You Vote" tab at the top through the "What are the election dates for 2014?" or using the “calendar” link at the bottom of the main page.
http://www.gotvoterid.com/pdf/Kansas-Voter-Registration-Kit.pdf. Accessible either from the main voteks page or under the "Voter Guides" tab as "Voter Registration Kit". ” This is a several page PDF document that still lists the July 15th date on page 9 even though it is dated as “2014.”
On the KSSOS.org page, if you click on “Elections and Legislative” then "Registration and Voting" you are taken to a page with general information on voting but no dates. In the first paragraph there is a link to a "Voter registration application" https://www.kssos.org/forms/elections/voterregistration.pdf. This form has no specific dates. Rather it says "You can use this application to: register to vote in Kansas or change your name, address or affiliation with a political party." It also says it must be filed 21 days before any election which for this year's primary would be July 15th.
The "How Do I Register" page http://www.voteks.org/before-you-vote/how-do-i-register.html has no dates and takes you to the same voter registration form that only says you have to file the form 21 days in advance of an election.
The online registration form https://www.kdor.org/voterregistration/Default.aspx also provides the link to the voter registration form without dates. If you do choose to complete the form online, it does not mention anything about the different deadline for changing party affiliation.
From "When You Vote" under "Rights and Responsibilities" http://www.voteks.org/when-you-vote/rights-and-responsibilities.html just says you have to register 21 days in advance