Republican Scott Schwab and Democrat Brian McClendon disagree on the most basic of questions about the job they’re competing for, Kansas secretary of state.
Case in point: Is it the secretary’s job to increase voter turnout?
Schwab, a lawmaker of more than 10 years, says no. He says the things that drive voters to the polls lie beyond the secretary’s control — times of war, ailing economies, contested races.
“The secretary of state can’t make people vote and I can’t change people’s hearts,” he said. “All I can do is make sure it’s a good experience when they do go vote.”
McClendon, a former Google vice president from Lawrence, doesn’t buy that.
“The current secretary of state” — Republican candidate for governor Kris Kobach — “has done the opposite,” he said.