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Supreme court to hear oral argument involving U.S. Senate seat

Monday, September 15, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Beth Warrington
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The Kansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in a case that involves a candidate’s request to remove his name from the ballot for a U.S. Senate seat up for election this year. The hearing will take place in the Supreme Court courtroom on the third floor of the Kansas Judicial Center, 301 SW 10th Avenue.


The petitioner, Chad Taylor, filed a Petition for Writ of Mandamus 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 alleges 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, alleging 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.

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 Oral arguments are also recorded and stored in an online archive for viewing at another time.


People who would like to attend the hearing in person should plan to arrive at the Kansas Judicial Center at 8 a.m. 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 under the listing Taylor v. Kobach in the What’s New section of the home page.