Getting through the Kansas Secretary of State website requires business operators to have different access information for each area.
As a businessman, Scott Morgan, 56-year-old Republican candidate for Kansas Secretary of State, wants the site simplified so it’s easier to navigate and more user friendly for businesses.
He wants the various departments to get together to make the site simpler. Morgan wants filing deadlines unified to reduce the amount of time on the web site.
Now, businesses operators have to go through several sites that require individual passwords and PIN numbers.
“I’d like to have one site with one password and one PIN number for all those sites,” Morgan said. “Don’t make business people fit the site. Make the site fit the business people.”
Looking to the future, the 2034 election is 20 years away but Morgan wonders what elections will look like then and what can be done to make them easier in the future.
Morgan said that Kansans are a pretty diverse group of people and the Secretary of State needs to work for everyone.
The Secretary of State is the chief election officer for the state. The primary function of the office is to oversee the state election process and work with all 105 county clerks to assure that is a smooth process.
The Secretary of State also promotes the right to vote in Kansas. That is what the secretary does and it’s a full time position, Morgan said.
Morgan said Secretary of State Kris Kobach has not been fulfilling that job, spending much of his time traveling around the country as a lawyer, representing many cases that have nothing to do with Kansans. Morgan said Kobach is not earning the $86,000 salary for his full time job and is earning more from those other jobs.
Another area of concern for Morgan is Kobach’s claim of illegal immigrant voter fraud and the hurdles he has put in place to protect voters’ rights that has resulted in 17,000 to 20,000 Kansans having difficulty registering to vote because they didn’t have a birth certificate or passport with them when they tried to register.
Voting is an inherent right and this has made it harder to register to vote, Morgan said.
Morgan said he would work hard to see the office actually gets the work done it was designed to do and that is to run elections.
“I’m a safe and sane alternative,” Morgan said. “I want to help Kansas by focusing on the job of secretary of state. You need a leader who leads.”
Morgan attended Shawnee Mission schools, graduated from the University of Kansas in 1979 with a journalism degree and in 1983 with a law degree.
He worked for Nancy Landon Kassebaum, was staff counsel for Sen. Bob Dole on the U.S. Senate Judiciary subcommittee on courts and was Dole’s chief counsel for his presidential campaign, represented the U.S. Senate on the Federal Election Commission.
He was Director of Federal Affairs and Chief Counsel for Gov. Mike Hayden, ran for Congress in 1990 but lost to Jim Slattery, practiced law in Kansas City, ran a publishing business, served two terms on the Lawrence School board serving as president.
Morgan married Kathleen in 1983 and they have three grown children; Kelly, 25, a KU graduate, Calvin, 22 at the Air Force Academy and Grace, 18, at KU.