"So it would actually have been a disservice to the voter to use it," Metsker added.
Doug Bonney, legal director of the ACLU of Kansas said, "Well I'm not surprised but the federal law, the National Voter Registration Act, requires voter registration offices and other public offices have the federal voter registration form available. To say that well we didn't give it because we thought the Kansas one was better is just ignoring federal law."
Bonney also believes, "If you surveyed all 105 counties you'd probably find that the vast majority of them weren't providing access to the federal form."
Johnson County set an all-time record for registered voters this week with more than 400,000 on the roll. Metsker wants the confusion cleared up because he says, "Our mantra here is taking great pains to do what is right, so if the rules state that we need to provide this we will. We did not do this intentionally, that's for certain."
Until midnight on Tuesday, October 18 people in Johnson County can still register to vote. Send a copy of your completed federal or state voter registration form: