October 21, 2014

Kobach asks court to settle redistricting impasse

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will ask a federal district court to redraw congressional and state districts, he announced in a press conference this morning.

Kobach said he filed a complaint with the court after legislators failed to complete redistricting.

“Due to the Senate’s inability to reach consensus, the Legislature has failed to meet its obligations under the Kansas Constitution,” Kobach said.

Kobach filed his response to a federal redistricting lawsuit. The suit, Essex v. Kobach, was filed by an Olathe Republican precinct committee member last month.

The Kansas Legislature is currently in overtime, as the typical 90-day session has now stretched into 95 days with legislators in the House and Senate yet to agree on a budget or on redistricting.

Last week, Kobach announced filing deadlines for state and federal office would be pushed back 10 days from June 1 to June 11 due to redistricting. Primaries for office are set for Aug. 7, and that deadline requires overseas military absentee ballots be in the mail no later than June 23.

– Danedri Thompson

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