Kansas Secretary of State election, 2014

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Kansas Secretary of State Election

Primary Date:
August 5, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Race rating: Lean Republican

November 4 Election Winner:
Kris Kobach Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Kris Kobach Republican Party
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Kansas State Executive Elections
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The Kansas Secretary of State election took place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Kris Kobach (R) was first elected in 2010 and sought re-election in 2014. He won against Democratic candidate Jean Schodorf in the general election. Kobach earned another four years in office following the victory.

The contest between Kobach and Schodorf was more competitive than the 2010 race, when Kobach easily defeated Democratic incumbent Chris Biggs. Learn more about polling trends in the race in the polls section or learn about the candidates' positions in the campaign themes section.

Kansas is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[1][2][3]

Candidates

General election

Republican Party Kris Kobach - Incumbent Green check mark transparent.png[4]
Democratic Party Jean Schodorf - Former Republican state Sen. representing District 25[5]

Lost in the primary

Republican Party Scott Morgan - Former Lawrence School Board President, businessman, attorney[6][7]

Results

General election

Secretary of State of Kansas, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKris Kobach Incumbent 59.2% 508,926
     Democratic Jean Schodorf 40.8% 350,692
Total Votes 859,618
Election Results via Kansas Secretary of State.

Primary election

Republican primary

Kansas Secretary of State, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKris Kobach Incumbent 64.8% 166,793
Scott Morgan 35.2% 90,680
Total Votes 257,473
Election Results Via:Kansas Secretary of State.

Democratic primary

  • Uncontested

Campaign themes

Both candidates for Kansas Secretary of State made public statements about their policy positions during the campaign. The following sections quote these statements verbatim from candidate websites:

Economy

Kris Kobach

Improved Business Law and Efficiency

We drafted the Business Entity Standard Treatment Act (B.E.S.T.) which the Kansas Legislature passed unanimously. The existing statutes spread filing requirements throughout the law making it difficult to understand the rules for forming a business entity. Before B.E.S.T., according to KU law professor Webb Hecker, the existing law was “a redundant, inefficient, and potentially confusing system.” Supporting B.E.S.T. in his testimony, Hecker said, “In my opinion it is a well-conceived, well-executed unification/standardization of business entity filing requirements that will greatly simplify the filing process for Kansas business entities and their legal counsel.”

A New Way to File Annual Reports

Secretary Kobach recognized it was time for bureaucrats to stop talking to other bureaucrats and start talking to the business professionals. Partnering with a software company whose customers are professional accountants and tax preparers, we defined national standards to allow professionals to electronically file annual reports for their clients at the same time they prepare tax returns. Creative Tax Solutions, a Thomson Reuters company, is the first to take advantage of this method of filing. It is now available for use by other vendors whose software supports annual report preparation.

Reduced Rejected Filings

By examining the statutory requirements for rejecting filings compared those requirements to office policy, we found that some of the policies adopted by prior administrations did not have a statutory basis. We changed these policies accordingly. As a result, Annual Report rejections have been reduced from 20% to 8%, a more than 50% reduction in rejections that had no basis in law. [8]

—Kris Kobach's campaign website, (2014), [9]

Jean Schodorf

One Stop Shop for Kansas Business
The Secretary of State is the primary point of contact for businesses within the state of Kansas. We can help Kansas run better by creating the resources that entrepreneurs need, expanding online services, developing efficient contact, and providing secure information communication with the Secretary of State’s office.

Security, better business, more jobs. That’s just common sense. [8]

—Jean Schodorf's campaign website, (2014), [10]

Voting rights

Kris Kobach

Secretary Kobach drafted and helped to pass the most comprehensive election reforms in the country, the Secure and Fair Elections (S.A.F.E.) Act which:

  • Requires Voter ID at the Polls.
  • Requires Proof of Citizenship for New Voter Registrants.
  • Provided anti-fraud protections for the casting of advanced ballots.
  • This act passed with wide Bi-Partisan votes in both the Kansas House and the Senate. It has also been used as a model for similar legislation in other states.

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—Kris Kobach's campaign website, (2014), [9]

Jean Schodorf

Let's Make Voter Registration Simple Again
The ability for Kansas citizens to register to vote has been hampered. Last year, more than 1 in 4 of our friends and neighbors in Kansas were denied their right to vote. The current “guilty until proven innocent” method is not right, and it is not just. It is government at its worst.

Defending our right to vote. That’s just common sense. [8]

—Jean Schodorf's campaign website, (2014), [10]

Polls

Kansas Secretary of State - General Election 2014
Poll Kris Kobach* (R) Jean Schodorf (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (D)
September 11-14, 2014
43%42%15%+/-2.71,328
Gravis Marketing
September 30-October 1, 2014
44%44%12%+/-3850
Public Policy Polling
October 9-12, 2014
47%41%12%+/-31,081
AVERAGES 44.67% 42.33% 13% +/-2.9 1,086.33
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Note: An asterisk (*) denotes incumbent status.

Past elections

2010

Kansas Secretary of State, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKris Kobach 59% 489,640
     Democratic Chris Biggs Incumbent 37.2% 308,641
     Libertarian Phillip Horatio Lucas 2.1% 17,336
     Reform Party Derek Langseth 1.7% 13,896
Total Votes 829,513
Election Results Via: Kansas Secretary of State

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
June 2, 2014 Filing deadline (Party Candidates)
August 4, 2014 Filing deadline (Independents)
August 5, 2014 Primary election
November 4, 2014 General election
December 1, 2014 Deadline for State Board of Canvassers to meet
January 12, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officials elected in November

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