Kansas Secretary of State to revamp website, promote voting

TOPEKA — Kansas Secretary of State Chris Biggs announced Friday that his office will revamp its website, launch an education campaign and start a text messaging service in hopes of boosting voter turnout.

He said the revised website, to be unveiled Oct. 1, will be easier to use for people who want to register to vote. The text messaging service will inform Kansans about elections, and the education campaign will encourage them to cast advance ballots, Biggs said. Those also will launch in October.

Biggs, a Democrat, is seeking a full term in the Nov. 2 general election after being appointed to the office in March. He outlined his initiatives two days after Republican rival Kris Kobach proposed civics-education initiatives that included an expanded office website.

Biggs said his staff has been working on website changes for several months.

Biggs spokesman Tyler Longpine said plans for the education campaign include broadcast advertising.

The texting service will provide general information about voting.