AG Derek Schmidt: Kansas will appeal voter-fraud decision to U.S. Supreme Court


TOPEKA – (June 2, 2020) – Kansas will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the decision of a federal appeals court that struck down the Kansas statute requiring first-time voters to provide documentary proof of their citizenship as part of the voter registration process, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Schmidt said he has consulted with Secretary of State Scott Schwab and the two agree the April 29, 2020, decision should be appealed. The attorney general issued the following statement:

“Voting is only for citizens, and this Kansas law is designed to confirm the citizenship of those registering to vote. After reviewing the appeals court’s decision, we have concluded there is a reasonable basis for appeal. Therefore, we intend to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the decision of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. We are mindful that some who voted for this legislation now say they have changed their minds and complain about the cost of defending the law they supported. For them, the Legislature convenes tomorrow and they are free to seek repeal of the statute. But as long as the Legislature and the Governor leave this law on the books, we remain committed to giving it a full and robust legal defense.”

The combined case is Fish v. Schwab, No. 18-3133, and Bednasek v. Schwab, No. 18-3134. The documentary proof of citizenship requirement was part of the Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) Act passed by the Legislature in 2011; the bipartisan vote on that legislation was 111-11 in the House of Representatives and 36-3 in the Senate.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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