Voters wrongly removed in Cherokee County

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COLUMBUS, Kan. (AP) — Authorities in southeast Kansas say more than 4,800 voters may have been incorrectly removed from Cherokee County voter rolls.

Cherokee County Clerk Rodney Edmondson said Tuesday 4,838 people had their statuses changed from “active” to “canceled” between Dec. 1, 2010, and March 1, 2011. He says not all the names were removed improperly, but likely most were.

Edmondson says it appears the voters’ statuses were canceled because they hadn’t voted in two consecutive state or federal general elections. He says Kansas law doesn’t support cancellations on that basis.

The Pittsburg Morning Sun reports (http://bit.ly/1oMN6nP ) that the Secretary of State’s office notified Edmondson’s office last October, prompting the investigation.

The cancellations happened before Edmondson was clerk. He says his office is working to resolve the numbers before the next general election.

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Information from: The (Pittsburg, Kan.) Morning Sun, http://www.morningsun.net

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