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Senators consider alternative to bill requiring voters to show ID at polls

March 11, 2011

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— A Kansas Senate committee is considering an alternative to Secretary of State Kris Kobach's bill requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

The Ethics and Elections Committee had a hearing Friday on legislation drafted by Rep. Ann Mah, of Topeka, the ranking Democrat on the House Elections Committee. She presented it to senators first after the GOP-controlled House approved the Kobach's bill.

Mah contends her plan is a common sense approach to voter idenfication.

Kobach's bill would require photo ID at the polls, while Mah would require ID, but not with a photo.

The secretary of state also wants to require people registering for the first time in Kansas to prove they're citizens. Mah's version is less strict.

Kobach aides said Mah's bill is not comprehensive enough.

Comments

Alyosha 3 years, 1 month ago

Have we yet seen from the state government, or from any media outlets, an exact breakdown of the dimensions of this problem, such that it requires a solution?

Public policy should seek to solve real problems, not problems that don't exist.

If voter fraud is a problem, where are the metrics detailing the extent of the problem, so we know our legislators can craft a policy targeted exactly to fix the problem and not to cause any unintended consequences?

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