Ballots tossed over signatures mostly from same Kansas homes

AP,  April 15, 2019

The exact-match signature requirement is a little-known provision of the Kansas Secure and Fair Elections Act championed by Kobach, who lost the gubernatorial race but is known nationally for his efforts to tighten voting laws with the stated goal of keeping ineligible people from voting. That legislation also ushered in a slew of restrictive voting laws such as voter ID at the polls and a proof-of-citizenship requirement for voter registration that has since been ruled unconstitutional. ...

The political outcry over the hundreds of discarded mail-in ballots statewide in the 2018 primary led to legislation signed Monday by Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly that requires election officials to notify voters before their mail-in ballots are thrown out because of problems with signatures.

The new law also gives voters an additional week or longer to cure a signature issue until the canvass in each county. Voters previously had only until the end of Election Day to fix the problem.

By Roxana Hegeman

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