Board rejects activist’s challenge over Kobach’s bid for Kansas governor

US President Donald Trump speaks alongside Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (L) and US Vice President Mike Pence (R) during the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House in Washington, DC, July 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

TOPEKA, Kan. — An all-Republican state board has rejected a liberal activist’s challenge to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach appearing on the November ballot as the GOP nominee for governor.

The State Objections Board concluded Monday that Davis Hammet of Topeka could not show that Kobach’s narrow victory over Gov. Jeff Colyer in the Republican primary in August would be overturned because of issues Hammet raised. Hammet argued hundreds of legal ballots were not counted.

Kobach defeated Gov. Jeff Colyer by 343 votes out of more than 317,000 cast.

The board was Kobach’s top deputy and representatives of the lieutenant governor and attorney general. Hammet called it a “ridiculous board” needing reform. He did not rule out filing a lawsuit.

Hammet leads the voting-rights group Loud Light and regularly criticizes Republicans.