Kansas Supreme Court to hear arguments Tuesday in U.S. Senate case

The Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Kansas will go to court on Tuesday morning to argue that his name should be removed from the ballot.

The case will come before the Kansas Supreme Court at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16. Arguments will be heard in the Kansas Judicial Center courtroom in Topeka.

The candidate, Chad Taylor, filed last Tuesday asking the state’s high court to prohibit the secretary of state from printing his name on the ballot for the Nov. 4 general election. The petitioner claims his request to withdraw his name from the race was timely filed and lawful.

The respondent, Kris Kobach, in his official capacity of secretary of state, refused Taylor’s request, arguing his withdrawal did not meet statutory requirements and, therefore, his name must remain on the ballot, or an alternate be named by his political party.

In the U.S. Senate race, incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts faced opposition from Taylor, as well as from independent candidate Greg Orman.

All Supreme Court oral arguments are webcast live through the Watch Supreme Court Live! link in the right-hand column of the Kansas Judicial Branch website at www.kscourts.org. Oral arguments are also recorded and stored in an online archive for viewing at another time.

People who want to attend the hearing in person should plan to arrive at the Kansas Judicial Center at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Security will issue visitor passes on a first-come, first-served basis, and the number of visitor passes issued will not exceed the number of seats available in the courtroom. Standing in the courtroom is prohibited.

Anyone who attends in person should be prepared for a security check that requires passing through a metal detector. Security discourages visitors from bringing backpacks, briefcases, or other large bags or items that require screening because it slows the security check-in process.

Visitors are prohibited from using electronic devices in the courtroom, including laptops, tablets, and cell phones. If a visitor must carry a cell phone, it must be turned off and out of sight while he or she is in the courtroom.

All documents related to this case, including the oral argument recording, will be available on Kansas Judicial Branch website at www.kscourts.org under the listing Taylor v Kobach in the What’s New section of the home page.

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