Who Gets to Referee Their Own Contest?


Referee red cards a player. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

We wouldn’t allow a pitcher to call his own balls and strikes. We wouldn’t allow the quarterback to determine the ball placement. We wouldn’t allow a sprinter to determine her race time.

But in three states, we have current secretaries of state, whose offices oversee elections, running for higher office who aren’t resigning their positions. Not only that, all three have a pretty bad record when it comes to voting rights. There have been calls for them to resign, but they have not yet stepped aside.


Kansas’ Secretary of State Kris Kobach is one of the most notorious vote suppressors in the country. He headed up Trump’s ill-fated “voter fraud” commission with Vice President Mike Pence before the whole thing collapsed under the weight of lawsuits, and oh yeah, no evidence of widespread voter fraud. He’s now running for governor of Kansas, against Democrat Laura Kelly.


Brian Kemp is the current Secretary of State of Georgia and is running for governor against Democrat Stacey Abrams. It’s a tough call as to whether Kobach or Kemp deserves the crown of “King of Voter Suppression.” Kemp has launched investigations into minority organizations registering voters, purged thousands of voters from the rolls, and when citizens sued the state alleging hacking/irregularities in the 2017 special election, he completely destroyed the server holding election data.


Secretary of State John Husted is running for Lieutenant Governor in Ohio, against Democrat Betty Sutton. Husted has been purging voters from the Ohio rolls for years, kicking people off the rolls for not voting in two consecutive elections. A spokesperson for Husted said he didn’t need to step aside as his office doesn’t “count the votes.” Hard to count votes for people who can’t vote, John.

The attack on voting rights doesn’t end with these three individuals, but we need to be on high alert in these 3 states. If you are a voter in Kansas, Georgia, or Ohio and you see anything amiss when you’re voting, call the Election Protection hotline at (866) 687-8683.

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2 replies

  1. There should be a law that no one who is actually on the ticket, can be allowed to have control over the election process. It is just not fair.

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