Incoming Kansas Secretary of State Kobach Honored for Plan to Bring Citizen Initiative Rights to State

Wed, Dec 8 2010

(LAKE RIDGE, VA) – Today, Citizens in Charge Foundation, a national voter rights group focused on the ballot initiative and referendum process, presented incoming Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach with the December 2010 John Lilburne Award in recognition of Kobach’s outspoken advocacy during the recent election campaign for establishing a statewide citizen initiative and referendum process in Kansas.

“Kris Kobach’s campaign emphasized the importance of the initiative and referendum process in giving voters an essential voice in government and a check on those in public office,” said Citizens in Charge Foundation President Paul Jacob. “We honor his effort to highlight citizen empowerment.”

Shortly before the Republican primary last August, Kobach announced that, if elected Secretary of State, he would work to bring statewide initiative and referendum to Kansas – one of 24 states where citizens do not currently enjoy such rights. Kobach went on to win the Republican primary and the General Election in November. The creation of a statewide initiative and referendum process would require a constitutional amendment approved by two-thirds of both houses of the legislature and then a majority of state voters.

“Secretary of State-elect Kobach will play a role in administering any statewide initiative system established by legislators and approved by voters, so his enthusiasm is quite helpful,” Jacob added. “Kansas citizens overwhelmingly support initiative and referendum, and we look forward to working with Kris to make his commitment to bring those rights to the state a reality.”

A poll commissioned over the summer by the Citizens in Charge and Citizens in Charge Foundation showed that Kansas voters favor creating an initiative process in the state by a whopping four-to-one margin.

Each month, Citizens in Charge Foundation presents the John Lilburne Award to a citizen, or citizens, working to protect and defend the First Amendment petition rights of Americans.  John Lilburne was a 17th Century English pamphleteer, political activist, and champion of individual rights who advocated constitutional government and pioneered the use of petitioning and referenda for redress against government power and abuse. For a complete list of past Lilburne Award winners please click here.

Citizens in Charge Foundation is the only national transpartisan voter rights group dedicated to protecting and expanding the ballot initiative and referendum process. We believe good government starts with the voter. For more information visit us at: