Proposed date for constitution vote not very democratic

02/01/2013 6:01 AM

02/01/2013 6:29 AM

GOP state senators say they want to change how Kansas selects its Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals judges in order to make the process more "democratic." Yet nearly all of them opposed an amendment by Sen. Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick, to have the public vote on changing the state's constitution as part of the November 2014 general election, rather than during the August 2014 primaries. Few Kansans vote in the primaries, and those who do are disproportionately conservative Republicans. But that, of course, is why the senators want the vote in August.

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