Wichita voting – Voters in Wichita and the rest of Sedgwick County have a right to be upset with the handling of the general election. The county was unable to report any election results until nearly 11 p.m. and didn’t have full results until almost 2 a.m. Even more maddening is the fact that a similar situation delayed results after the August primary election. Since taking office two years ago, Secretary of State Kris Kobach has frequently touted the need to protect the integrity of elections by instituting voter ID and proof-of-citizenship requirements. The situation in Wichita shows that running efficient and professional elections that allow voters to cast their ballots and receive voting results in a timely manner also is a key part of giving officials and voters confidence in the accuracy and validity of the election system.
Gov. Sam Brownback made a good move when he rejected forming a state-federal health insurance exchange in Kansas. Brownback has been so closed to the new law that it would not serve Kansans to have to rely upon his administration to fairly and accurately carry out the exchange provisions. State residents are better served with a federal program for now.