Kansas lawmakers study bill addressing ballot signature problems

Officials would try to contact voters
Kansas lawmakers study bill addressing ballot signature problems
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Kansas lawmakers are considering a proposal that would require election officials to notify voters before they throw out ballots because of problems with signatures.

Currently, Kansas law allows election officials to throw out ballots with signature problems unless the voter fixes the signature by the end of Election Day.

The Wichita Eagle reports the proposed law would require election officials to try to notify voters whose advance ballots are missing signatures before the ballots are counted at county canvass meetings. The change would also apply to voters whose ballot signatures don’t match signatures on file with county offices.

The proposal comes after last year’s GOP primary for governor between Kris Kobach and then-Gov. Jim Colyer was decided by only a few hundred votes.

A legislative committee has sent the bill to the Senate floor.