Kobach picks voting-office employee to replace Election Commissioner Gale

Deputy Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman has been appointed to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Commissioner Bill Gale.

Gale had recommended that Lehman, an 11-year veteran of the election office, be appointed as his successor. She was appointed by Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Lehman has also held the positions of supervising judge and advance voting coordinator.

Her major challenge will be implementing new voter photo-ID and proof-of-citizenship requirements passed by the Legislature this year at Kobach’s urging.

"Mrs. Lehman is extremely familiar with the election process and her experience will be invaluable going into the 2012 election year,” Kobach said in a statement. “Her commitment to defending the voting rights of Kansas citizens is unwavering.”