Archive for Monday, April 18, 2011

Secretary of State Kris Kobach to seek more changes in Kansas election laws

Gov. Sam Brownback said Monday that the voter ID bill will protect the integrity of Kansas elections. The law requires photo ID of all in-person voters and proof of citizenship to register to vote starting in January 2013.

April 18, 2011


— Just minutes after Gov. Sam Brownback signed the voter ID bill into law, Secretary of State Kris Kobach said he would push for more changes.

Two provisions that legislators dropped from Kobach’s proposal are still in play in other bills, Kobach said.

One would give the secretary of state’s office authority to prosecute violations of election law, a duty that is now left up to local prosecutors. The other would move up the date to require proof of citizenship to register to vote.

Kobach originally proposed proof of citizenship be made law on Jan 1, 2012, but the Legislature moved that back to Jan. 1, 2013. Kobach said it makes more sense to set the date at Jan. 1, 2012, because that would be a presidential election year when voter registration increases.

Both provisions are part of other bills currently under consideration by the Legislature, which returns to session on April 27. If they aren’t approved this year, Kobach said he would try again next year.


SeaBee 7 years, 2 months ago

KKris K:

Once again, you ran for the WRONG OFFICE, dude!

Maybe you should have read the job description for ATTORNEY GENERAL!!!!

What a wonk.

DeMontfort 7 years, 2 months ago

Try KKKObaCH. That's the new spelling to suppress voter registration.

And did you know that one of the photo IDs they will accept when you vote is your handy-dandy concealed carry of handgun license issued by Kansas (or a concealed carry of handgun or weapon license issued by another state or district of the United States). How creepy is that? (It didn't specify whether or not you could actually take your concealed weapon to the polls with you. I don't even want to wonder about that one.)

People should really read this bill. It's pretty amazing.

cowboy 7 years, 2 months ago

if this is all he has to do with his time....maybe ole Sam's "The Office of Repealer " ought to look at just abolishing the Secretary of State position.

Grump 7 years, 2 months ago

I'll bet that K.K. thought about running for AG, but decided that after Phill, another crazy neocon wouldn't sell, even in Kansas. So he decided to sit a term out, and he will run for AG next time--after he's chased those Sharia loving Mexicans out of Kansas so they can't sap and impurify our precious bodily fluids.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 2 months ago

Actually, what Kobach is doing is just laying the groundwork for a Neocon version of Sharia law.

DeMontfort 7 years, 2 months ago

While Brownback said he thought this was just a "modest, prudent ensure the security of your vote", Kobach said it is the biggest change in Kansas election law since giving women the right to vote. Which I'm sure they are already scheming to dismantle. I bet Brownback can figure out a way to tie it into denying federal funding for Kansas Planned Parenthood clinics. Yeah, that's the just stay home and stay pregnant and don't worry about voting, honey. The Koch Brothers have it all covered and I bet we're saving tax money, too. And if we say it three times it will be true!

At least living in Kansas my vote doesn't really matter and I'm way too old to have babies.

overthemoon 7 years, 2 months ago

bingo. as always, whatever the Fox Party howls loudest about is exactly what they are doing themselves.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 7 years, 2 months ago

This is what we get with the electorate who believes that they need to vote the party line.

"Bleeding Kansas" never had better defination and example than this idiot that was elected by the Republican clueless in this state.

Mike Ford 7 years, 2 months ago

conceiled intimidation worked in 1930's Germany didn't it Herr Kobach. Das ist richtig herr dumkauf kobach. gaeben sie ein paperen ouslander.. das ist der republik of kansas schtupidity ha ha!

Orwell 7 years, 2 months ago

What's the matter, Krissy – afraid you might go a few days without a headline?

Jeez, what a clown.

mloburgio 7 years, 2 months ago

   A report released Thursday says the boycott has cost the state of arizona  $141 million in lost meeting and convention business since Republican Gov. Jan Brewer signed the law in April.
    The Perryman Group estimates that if all unauthorized immigrants were removed from Arizona, the state would lose $26.4 billion in economic activity, $11.7 billion in gross state product, and approximately 140,324 jobs, even accounting for adequate market adjustment time. Putting economic contributions of this magnitude at risk during a time of recession would not serve Arizona well.

itwasthedukes 7 years, 2 months ago

Would be terrible if elections were decided by law abiding legal citizens for you leftists.

jafs 7 years, 2 months ago

Since Republicans won at the polls last time, should we conclude that the reason is voter fraud, and challenge the results of those elections?

somedude20 7 years, 2 months ago

Cheeky monkeys you are KKKris (sorry, I stutter sometimes when i type) won't be happy until the only people who are allowed to vote are the R's. First you start redistricting to favor the Republicans (Texas) then you try to stop the money (Wisconsin) and now this crap. Won't be long before they start to shoot feral Democrats. And people said Nixon was a crook, he aint got nothin on these sneaky rooster suckers!

JayCat_67 7 years, 2 months ago

You hit it dead on. Enforce the laws, then we wouldn't be wasting time creating new and unnecessary legislation.

As for the rest... "I'm not racist, you are. No, I'm not, you are. Uh uuuuh, you are..." Please...

Pat Long 7 years, 2 months ago

This is an issue because the Secretary of State has made it one. Until we have greater than 20% participation in our elections, from registered voters, this grandstander will have his way.

William Weissbeck 7 years, 2 months ago

It occurred to me that for most people the last time they have to produce an official birth certificate is when they apply for a drivers license. Prior to that it might have been kindergarten or little league. But these were all situations where the parents probably had a copy at home - somewhere. So if when a person gets his/her DL, and the evidence is good enough for the DMV/BMV - why isn't it good enough for Kobach two years later? Oh, has anyone asked how much he's raising the cost to obtain a copy of your birth certificate, can you get it online, and how long it is going to take? And although they are rare, what about those who moved to Kansas and have to get copies from their state of birth? It's just a GOP attempt to frustrate first time voters, because they overwhelmingly voted for Obama.

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