Bill Would Prevent Candidates from Taking Names Off Ballot

The Kansas House has approved a bill that would prohibit candidates from withdrawing from an election unless they die.

It also would require political parties to name another candidate to fill ballot vacancies. The bill sought by Secretary of State Kris Kobach was given final approval Thursday and now goes to the Senate.

The proposal is a response to a controversy last year when Democrat Chad Taylor withdrew from the U.S. Senate race a month before the Democratic primary, leaving only independent candidate Greg Orman to challenge Republican Sen. Pat Roberts.

The Lawrence Journal-World reported Republican Rep. Mark Kahrs of Wichita said during debate Wednesday that similar situations should be prohibited.

Democrats argued the law would cause problems when a candidate becomes incapacitated but doesn’t die.