TOPEKA, Kan. - Yesterday the Kansas House Committee on Elections heard from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in support of House Bill 2162. The bill is designed to give voters an explanation of what their choices are, when ballot measures are difficult for voters to understand.
Current law states that ballot measures that change ordinances, statutes, or laws have to appear on the ballot as they will read if adopted. Often putting the question in a "legalese" that can be difficult for many voters to understand.
House Bill 2162 would not change that requirement, but it would allow election officials or city attorneys to write "explainers" that could be given to voters at polling places and mailed along with ballots to people who vote by mail. Currently the bill remains in Committee.