Kobach reverses course on Kansas Senate ballots

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has directed county election officials to start mailing ballots to voters overseas Saturday without having a Democratic nominee listed for the U.S. Senate.

The Democrat dropped out of the race against three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, pushed out by some party leaders who wanted to improve the chances that independent candidate Greg Orman would defeat Roberts.

Kobach spokeswoman Samantha Poetter confirmed Friday that the secretary of state had decided against delaying the mailing of ballots to military personnel and other U.S. citizens overseas. He had said Thursday that the deadline for starting the mailings would be pushed back to Sept. 27.

Kobach also said about 500 voters living overseas will be told they may have to re-vote in the U.S. Senate race after ballots are mailed to them Saturday.

The Kansas election official on Friday directed counties to begin mailing overseas ballots under a federal deadline.

Kobach wanted Democrats to name a new candidate after the Kansas Supreme Court ordered him to remove Chad Taylor’s name from the ballot.

The ballots going out Saturday will come with a disclaimer saying a new ballot will come later if Democrats pick a new candidate.

Senator Pat Roberts campaign responded to ballot situation Friday.

Whether there is one or two Democrats on the ballot, the people of Kansas will have a clear choice between a conservative committed to stopping the Obama-Reid liberal agenda, or a dishonest politician who will be a rubber stamp for Harry Reid and Barack Obama.”

Corry Bliss, Roberts Campaign Manager

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