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Primary Ballot not Counted due to USPS SNAFU

Because my family had to quarantine for two weeks leading to the Primary, my mother and I both applied for and received advanced ballots.

After filling out and signing out ballots, I dropped them off together at the drop box at the Downtown Lawrence post office on August 1.

The ballots should have gone from Lawrence to the Shawnee Mission sorting facility, then to Oskaloosa for delivery to the Jefferson County Clerk.

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GOP Primary 2020

For this year’s primary election, I did not go to the polling place on Tuesday. Because of a COVID-related quarantine, I elected to receive a mail-in advance ballot. I mailed the ballot in on August 1st.

There were only two contested races on my primary ballot. Both of the contested races were won by my preferred candidate.

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Well, there’ll be something on the ballot

In Kansas, the odd-numbered year elections are generally for city commission/council and local school board elections. Since I live in a rural precinct, I have no city elections on my ballot, and the school board positions are low-key campaigns, if there’s even a contested seat.

Well, now I know there’s something on the ballot this year.

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Turn left at the mirror

The titular mirror stands over the corner of 21st Street and Wellman Road, the closest point from the paved road to my new election site: Sarcoxie Township station #2.

Kansas Governor: I promised back in August that if Kris Kobach won the primary, I would vote for the Democrat. Not only did I vote for Democrat Laura Kelly, I put up a sign for her in front of the Kennedy Compound.

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GOP Primary 2018

As I usually do, I share my election picks after my ballot is in the collection box.

Kansas Governor: Without question, I chose incumbent governor Jeff Colyer. There was no way in hell I was going to let current Secretary of State Kris Kobach anywhere near Cedar Crest if I had anything to say about it. If Kobach makes it to general, I will vote for the Democrat – whomever he or she may be.

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Forfeiture (presumably) denied

The Kansas Court of Appeals and Supreme Court typically releases new decisions every Friday morning. This week, we had an asset forfeiture case come before the appeals case.

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Parental Advisory: Case Law

This week, the Kansas court of appeals released This opinion in the case of State v. Guein. In the majority opinion, Justice Steve Leben inserted a message of caution before getting into the legal terminology:

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Voting ab initio

As a left-handed right-winger, I mostly toe the GOP line. That does not mean I blindly vote the straight ticket.

For President: I could not vote for Hillary Clinton. I could not vote for Donald Trump. Even though he’s far from perfect, I went with Gary Johnson and will leave it at that. Besides, it’s safe to say that Trump will carry Kansas no matter what I do.

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How I voted – GOP primary

I don’t mind that the state of Kansas can tell me my voting history (for the record, I’ve voted in every August/November statewide election, and have (maybe) only missed one city/school board election) Hell, I’ll even tell you how I voted 😛

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It’s finally over…. until we do it again in 2012

Today is election day, and that means all of the political ads stop… at least until we do it again in 2 years.

Here’s who I picked:

In general, my family owns a glass business and, as such, tend to take more of a pro-business conservative standpoint. Democrats, particularly those in Washington, are seen as hostile to business in general. It should come as no surprise, therefore, to say that I voted for Jerry Moran for the US senate, Lynn Jenkins for the US House, and Sam Brownback for Governor. All three are considered by the national pundits to be heavily favored to win their respective positions.

I crossed the aisle and voted for Chris Biggs for Secretary of State and Steve Six for Attorney General. In my opinion, the Republican candidate for Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, is political poison. His crusade against supposed voter fraud and illegal immigration would be best served as a private citizen, not in the Secretary of State position. As for the AG race, the incumbent, Steve Six, ha managed to keep his nose clean… unlike his two predecessors. He also comes from a well-respected family of jurists. The AG race was also, quite possibly, the nastiest of the races, with PAC groups on both sides going after the other.

The State Treasurer’s race was run cleanly, with both parties running ads about themselves and not even mentioning their main opponent. The pro-buisness conservative in me went ahead and picked the Republican, Ron Estes

Sandy Praeger only had an opponent in the Primary; no democrat ran for her position.

The last two contested positions were both picks for the republicans. For the State House 47th District, we had incumbent Lee Tafanelli. For the Board of Education, I picked Willie Dove. It appears that Dove was a relatively low-profile candidate, but I did not see anything that signaled he was political poison (read: I didn’t see anything in regards to evolution or creationism) I do think that incumbent Janet Waugh has the edge here.

County Commission candidate Lynn Luck was the winner of the GOP primary, and faces no opposition in the general election. Bob Lockwood will be our Township clerk.

On the Judicial Retention issue, the Kansas Commission on Judicial Performance gave all of the judges passing marks. Therefore, I voted Yes on all of the judicial retention questions.

There were also two constitutional amendments on the ballot. The first makes the right to bear arms an explicit individual right, rather than a explicit collective and implicit individual right. The other amendment strikes the words “mental illness” from the section regarding voter disqualification. The legislature has never enacted a measure stripping the mentally ill of the right to vote, and this amendment was actually initiated by the legislature. There is no organized opposition to either issues, and I voted yes on both.