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


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.


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.