Archive for Thursday, May 12, 2011

Kansas Senate rejects attempt to modify voter ID law

May 12, 2011


— The state Senate has refused to move up the effective date of a new law requiring proof of citizenship from people registering to vote in Kansas for the first time.

Legislators approved the requirement earlier this year, specifying that it takes effect in January 2013. Secretary of State Kris Kobach wanted that changed to January 2012.

The Senate turned down Kobach’s proposal Wednesday on a 23-15 vote.

Kobach was behind the proof-of-citizenship law, which he says will fight combat election fraud. Some senators argued for enacting it in time for the 2012 elections, but others resented an attempt to change the law before it takes effect.


Richard Heckler 6 years, 11 months ago

Sam Brownback will ignore the Kansas republican party vote.

He is the RINO from Washington D.C.

mloburgio 6 years, 11 months ago

for years the League of Women voters sets up a table at the malls, grocery stores, on college campus, high schools, concerts, town celebrations and too many more places to name will not exsist anymore. How many people, young or old have their birth certificate on them when going to the store? Or at a festival, rally, 4th of July celebration. That's where you get folks, especially young or first time voters, to register. Problem is, young and first time voters tend to vote Democratic. That is why Kobach and republicans around the country has put the kibosh on voter registration. This has nothing to do with illegals or voter fraud just gop voter suppression.

Proving once again that if you want a Republican to care about you, remain a fetus.

woodscolt 6 years, 11 months ago

Republicans continue their policy to disenfranchise voters . The fewer people that vote, the fewer people they have to disenfranchise even if they are registered. Republicans are against free and clear elections.

woodscolt 6 years, 11 months ago

Your cracked up by the "reasoning skills" of the pubs and I am outraged by it. Don't have to be a liberal to figure free fall to a 3rd world state is not what intelligent people desire.

somedude20 6 years, 11 months ago

These dudes are just unhappy that a person of color is in the white (mans) house. Imagine if a full blooded African American had been elected as we would all have bar codes on us and live in camps. This state is going down hill faster than Chaz Bono can eat a Hardee's Thickburger!!

Eddie Muñoz 6 years, 11 months ago

"Kobach was behind the proof-of-citizenship law, which he says will fight combat election fraud."

What's "combat election fraud" and why do we need to fight it?

Might want to take one of those words out. :)

tolawdjk 6 years, 11 months ago

I think most combat elections happen in the Middle East and/or Africa. You know, where the brown people are at.

So, by fighting combat elections fraud we are fighting fraud elections involving brown people.

Which is why they wanted it in 2012.

Bob Burton 6 years, 11 months ago

mloburgio, You get new voters when they get there drivers license.. It is call " The Motor Voter Law"..

williampic 6 years, 11 months ago

Yes, this is one avenue to register new voters, but many young people including those who don't drive nor can afford to buy a car and pay for the gas, insurance & repairs don't get their licenses. Some groups with developmental problems don't have driving in their future. The elderly who must re-register when they change communities to enter a nursing home are at risk of being disenfranchised. There are large segments of our voter eligible people who may not be able to register and vote because this is one more obstacle in their way. But of course registering doesn't ensure voter turnout. We need to look more into the barriers which people face that limits their participation in the democratic process.

ferrislives 6 years, 11 months ago

I think I've figured out the methodology for this bill:::

Because of this bill, many Kansans will have to pay for copies of their birth certificate in order to vote. At $15 a pop, that can amount to a lot of revenue for the state. Maybe they're using this idea in the same way as the police with regards to getting additional revenue for the city from speeding tickets? Just a thought.

Anyway, I've always thought it was strange that you didn't have to show any form if id to vote in this state. So I'm in favor of having to show id. But if they're going to require birth certificates from everyone, they should have some sort of shortened version for voting that is free to the public. But they won't do that...I wonder why?

Bob Burton 6 years, 11 months ago

williampic, In the different areas of the state that I have lived in, when they turn 16 years old it is get a drivers license or the world stops turning..

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