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Orman’s ballot spot in jeopardy from legal challenge to signatures

Source: 
Wyandotte Daily
Author: 
Stephan Bisaha
Date: 
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Legal experts say independent candidate for governor Greg Orman faces at least a potential threat to lose his spot on the ballot in Kansas’ general election.

An objection filed with the Kansas Secretary of State’s office on Monday targets the signatures Orman gathered for ballot access. The letter was filed on behalf of William Lawrence, the chief of staff for Democratic state Senate leader Anthony Hensley.

The letter included multiple accusations. The first is the broadest and targets the most votes. It contends that several counties, including Sedgwick and Johnson, submitted the certified signatures for Orman to the Secretary of State’s office after the statutory deadline.

Yet legal analysts said that courts tend to avoid punishing candidates because of technical mistakes outside of a candidate’s control.

“It’s unlikely a court would say that a processing glitch by the county would be enough to disqualify a candidate that otherwise got the signatures,” said University of Kansas law professor Richard Levy.

Faculty name: 
Richard Levy