Kansas Voter Citizenship Law Facing New Scrutiny
Kris Kobach needs to be deselected by the voters of Kansas - he doesn’t represent us, instead he represents F.A.I.R. Since the only voter fraud happening in Kansas is imagined by Kris and not real on any scale worth worrying about, we need to put someone in office who will focus on our issues and problems instead of someone furthering a racist national organization’s goals.
All of that aside, here’s the real meat of the issue:
Kris found only 20 alleged non-citizens on the rolls of 1.7 million Kansas voters - which means for each blocked vote he has much greater potential to inconvenience or disenfranchise 85,000 real Kansans. I can’t recall an election in Kansas hinging on 20 votes, can you?
A proof-of-citizenship requirement for Kansas voters is likely to come under attack once the Legislature opens its annual session Jan. 13. But the debate over the policy championed by Secretary of State Kris Kobach also will play out in federal court and during his re-election campaign.
In this Aug. 1, 2013 photo, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach answers questions during an nterview in Topeka, Kan. Kobach is the architect of a state law requiring new voters to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship to election officials when registering.
During a December federal court hearing, he said his office had found the names of 20 noncitizens out of the about 1.7 million registered on the state’s voter rolls.The law, which took effect Jan. 1, requires new voters to produce a birth certificate, passport or other documentation of their U.S. citizenship when registering. As the year ends, more than 19,000 Kansas residents find their registrations on hold - keeping them from legally casting ballots - because they haven’t complied.
Several Democratic lawmakers have proposed rewriting or repealing the proof-of-citizenship law. Former state Sen. Jean Schodorf, the expected Democratic challenger for Kobach, is calling on legislators to audit how Kobach’s office has administered the law once they convene Jan. 13.