Tuesday, October 11, 2005
A look at the Kansas Secretary of State’s voting records raises some interesting points about these elections [for State Board of Education], says an editorial in the Lawrence Journal World.
One is the importance of primary elections, something that’s lost on many Kansas voters. In 2002, two of the leading conservatives on the current board, Connie Morris and Iris Van Meter, defeated incumbent board members in their Republican primaries. Those two primary races, as well as the Republican primary won by conservative incumbent John Bacon, all were decided by fewer than 5,700 votes. That’s less than 1 percent of the registered Republicans in the state that year and less than 0.5 percent of all Kansas voters.