To the editor:
Kris Kobach and Sam Brownback believe voters are unsound thinkers who can’t remember two good ideas at once (Journal-World, Oct. 18). The two good ideas are:
• The right to vote should not be obstructed — which K&B want us to forget,
• Voter fraud is wrong — which K&B take to extremes.
What any sound thinker understands is:
• We need to keep burdens on voters low, without unduly facilitating fraud.
• We need to prevent fraud, without unduly burdening the right to vote.
K&B’s thinking is unsound and extreme because:
• They keep pushing schemes making it harder to vote — but never tell us how many legitimate voters their schemes will obstruct.
• They have no sound evidence of voter fraud.
• They have lots of unsound evidence — cases that never led to fraud convictions.
• To make unsound evidence look sound, they claim prosecutors aren’t doing their job.
• They propose unsound solutions that can’t possibly make prosecutors do any better.
K&B’s favorite proposal is voter ID: forcing people who want to vote, but lack picture IDs because they are old, poor, have disabilities or lack transportation, to spend their limited time, money and physical effort getting IDs.
That’s unsound because:
• Voter ID won’t obstruct voter fraud. Ask any bartender how hard it is to get phony IDs.
• Voter ID will obstruct voting by people who are old, poor, less educated or have disabilities.
Not coincidentally, many of them are Independents and Democrats.
And since when do conservatives support big government universal ID schemes?