Democrats Challenge Unlawful Delay of Kansas Election Law
February 14, 2020
The Democratic National Committee, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Kansas Democratic Party today challenged Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab in court over his refusal to implement Kansas’s new election law, passed in 2019 with bipartisan support, that improves access to the ballot for Kansans. The law allows counties to let voters cast their ballots at any polling place within their county, rather than within smaller precincts.
“Scott Schwab is a carbon copy of his predecessor, Kris Kobach, and his motivation here is simple: to continue to keep people from voting. The law he refuses to implement, passed with bipartisan support, codifies several commonsense solutions that encourage more people to vote. Kansans are excited to cast their ballot at the polling place of their choice. They deserve better than Schwab’s thinly-veiled strategy to suppress votes,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez.
“There is no reason to block bipartisan election reforms that make it easier for Kansans to cast their ballots,” said DSCC Chair Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto. “The Secretary of State has an obligation to implement a law passed by both Democrats and Republicans to ensure Kansans can vote – and his efforts to suppress that effort will not be tolerated.”
“We aren’t going to let Kansas Republicans drag their feet in a pathetic attempt to disenfranchise thousands of Kansas voters,” DCCC Chairwoman Cheri Bustos said. “Secretary of State Schwab needs to follow this law passed with bipartisan support and allow Kansans to cast their ballots for the candidates of their choice.”
“While the Secretary of State drags his feet in implementing this law, Kansas Democrats will fight to ensure that this bipartisan law is followed,” said Kansas Democratic Party Chair Vicki Hiatt.
A copy of the complaint filed by the DNC, DSCC, DCCC, and KDP is available here. This is just the latest in a long list of lawsuits brought by Democrats in states across the country this cycle to protect the integrity of elections.