Kobach Proposes New Regulation
Secretary of State Kris Kobach has proposed a new administrative regulation that would cancel any incomplete voter registration 90 days after the application was received in the county election office.
League President Camille Nohe submitted the following comment to Mr. Kobach concerning the negative effect of this proposed regulation:
August 28, 2015
Dear Secretary of State Kris Kobach,
As president of the League of Women Voters of Topeka and Shawnee County, I have reviewed the proposed Kansas administrative regulation 7-23-15 and must register my disapproval of it.
While it appears to innocuously allow persons 90 days to complete their voter registration (if complete documentation is not presented at the time of registering), the effect would be to totally cloak the actual number of persons on the suspension list. Thus, this regulation would result in masking actual large numbers of people who attempted to register to vote, but were not successful. This actual number, currently around 30,000-plus, is of critical interest to those of us who track the voter registration efforts of thousands of Kansans.
For this reason, I urge you not to adopt this regulation.
League of Women Voters of Topeka and Shawnee County
League Monitors General Election Canvass
November 10, representatives of the League of Women Voters of Topeka Shawnee County observed the canvass of the of the November 2014 election. The League focused on how many provisional ballots were cast, how many of those were counted and how many were not counted. 1376 provisional ballots were cast in Shawnee County. 1005 were counted. Of that number, 277 were a partial count as the voter voted at the wrong ballot location. 135 ballots had technical issues resolved. 593 ballots had registration questions resolved.
371 provisional ballots were not counted. 277 of those ballots, the voters were not registered in Shawnee County. The Election office did not know if any of these persons were on the Secretary of State's suspense list for failure to present necessary documentation. Based on feedback from poll workers, the Election Office speculates some voters are unaware they need to register first to be able to vote. 39 ballots, the voter had moved but failed to complete the registration card. 35 ballots, the voter did not provide ID at the polls or by the deadline prior to the canvass. 33 ballots, the voter did not provide proof of citizenship prior to the deadline before the canvass. The canvass did not reveal if persons who failed to present required documentation at the polls just did not bring it with them or if they lacked the necessary documentation. I mentioned the top four reasons ballots were not counted so the number does not add up to 371.
The number of ballots Counted to Not Counted is 1005 to 371=1376. 73% of provisional ballots were counted to 27% not counted. More work needs to be done to educate people about the vote and to advocate changes to unnecessary voting restrictions. The goal is to have fewer voters cast provisional ballots at an elecetion.
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