An Election Scandal in Kansas May Be Underway in Other States


Imagine your governor made a secret deal with third-party groups that influenced your state’s elections — and, worse, didn’t inform the public until after the election passed. That’s exactly what happened in Kansas in 2020 when Gov. Laura Kelly secretly worked with outside groups to register hundreds of thousands of voters who were probably more likely to vote for liberal candidates. State lawmakers just overrode the governor’s veto to prevent her and future governors from making similar agreements in secret or without the Legislature’s approval. But the same scandal that the Kansas Legislature has now stopped is surely playing out elsewhere. Other states should follow Kansas’s lead before it’s too late.