Daily Archives: Nov. 3, 2011

Kobach picks voting-office employee to replace Election Commissioner Gale

Deputy Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman has been appointed to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Commissioner Bill Gale.

Gale had recommended that Lehman be appointed as his successor. She was appointed by Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

“Mrs. Lehman is extremely familiar with the election process and her experience will be invaluable going into the 2012 election year,” Kobach said in a statement. “Her commitment to defending the voting rights of Kansas citizens is unwavering.”

Her first major challenge will be implementing new voter photo-ID and proof-of-citizenship requirements passed by the Legislature this year at Kobach’s urging.

Lehman testified in favor of the new law during legislative hearings in Topeka. She told lawmakers that she felt there were security gaps in existing law because election officials did not have the ability to guarantee that the people they registered are citizens.

She also said requiring identification numbers, particularly on advance ballots, would help election officials remove duplicate registrations from voter rolls; and that state-issued photo ID, which can be scanned electronically, will speed up the process of checking people in to vote.

“People have to provide ID to do the most simple things in daily life and this is a more important matter,” she said today. Read More »