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Kris W. Kobach: Kansas elections are both well-run and secure

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Fort Hays State University political science professor Chapman Rackaway claimed that Kansas elections are poorly administered (April 27 Opinion). Rackaway relied on a recent Pew Charitable Trusts report in making his claims.

However, Rackaway failed to do his homework, resulting in a misleading commentary in several respects:





Furthermore, Kansas is among the minority of states that allow military voters to return their voted ballots by e-mail, not just receive them by e-mail. In 2010 I promised I’d ensure that all military personnel could vote easily. I’ve made good on that promise.

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The biggest factor driving voter participation is dueling between large campaigns. In 2012 there was no statewide campaign engaging in get-out-the-vote efforts. So if we compare 2012 with 2000, the last comparable year, we see that voter turnout was nearly identical: 66.8 percent in 2012 and 66.7 percent in 2000.







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