Lawmaker seeks to strip secretary of state’s election appointments


Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office on Tuesday sought to fend off attempts to strip him of the ability to appoint election commissioners in the state’s largest counties.

The Senate elections committee heard testimony from Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka, who’s pushing legislation that would give the county commissions in the state’s four largest counties the ability to appoint their own election commissioners.

The bill affects Johnson, Sedgwick, Shawnee and Wyandotte counties.

Hensley wants to give more control back to the counties that allocate the tax money that funds the election commissioner’s . . .


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