Kansas House candidate says SOS lost paperwork, has to run as an independent

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July 12, 2012


By Greg Janetka

TOPEKA, Kansas: Larry Meeker, the former mayor of Lake Quivira, sought to run as a Democrat in the race for District 17 of the Kansas House of Representatives. With incumbent Kelly Meigs running in District 23, Meeker would have been unopposed in the primary. However, the Secretary of State's office notified him that he was not a candidate as they did not receive any paperwork.[1]

Shocked, Meeker said, "I think mine is the only application that’s ever gotten lost, perhaps in the history of Kansas." According to Meeker, his paperwork, along with that of seven other candidates, was delivered by an aide to House Minority Leader Paul Davis (D) on June 11, the filing deadline.[2]

Meeker appealed, but it was rejected by the State Objection Board, which is composed of three Republicans, on June 18, saying that there was no proof that the paperwork was ever submitted. Meeker is now attempting to get on the ballot as an independent. In order to do that, he will have to collect signatures from 4 percent of registered voters in the district by August 6.[1]

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