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Kansas voting rights advocates oppose accelerating proof of citizenship requirement

February 6, 2012

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A parade of voting rights advocates on Monday urged legislators to reject a proposal by Secretary of State Kris Kobach to require new voters show proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote starting June 15.

The advocates said the proof of citizenship requirement would be in place too soon for many people to get registered to vote in the August primaries and the November general election.

And, they said, the requirement would add to confusion about voting on top of the state’s new law requiring photo ID to vote.

“We need to fix now what has been implemented before we jump into the next big obstacle,” Louis Goseland of the KanVote Coalition told the House Elections Committee.

Goseland and others argued the state isn’t prepared to provide poor Kansans with free birth certificates and other records needed to register in time.

If approved, House Bill 2437 would require people registering to vote for the first time in Kansas provide proof of their citizenship. The effective date would be June 15, about one month before the July 17 closing date for voter registration in the August primaries.

When the Legislature last year approved the new law requiring photo ID to vote, it set the proof of citizenship requirement for voter registration for Jan. 1, 2013.

But Secretary Kobach wants to move that up six months, saying voter registration increases sharply in a presidential election year.

“If we are serious about ensuring that only U.S. citizens are in that wave and that alien voters do not cancel out the votes of U.S. citizens, we have to have the protection in place now,” Kobach told the committee last week.

But representatives of the NAACP, League of Women Voters, Kansas Equality Coalition, and Sunflower Community Action said Kansas elections were already safe from fraud. The earlier requirement will inhibit voter participation because getting a birth certificate can be a time-consuming and costly process for many people, they said.

Comments

Hooligan_016 2 years, 10 months ago

As it has already been said elsewhere ... this is a "solution" seeking a problem.

Flap Doodle 2 years, 10 months ago

Back in the northeast, a mayor has been lobbying for giving the vote to illegal aliens. That's the next step in the disappointed progressives' playbook.

Katara 2 years, 10 months ago

Providing a photo id (per IN law) didn't stop him either.

jhawkinsf 2 years, 10 months ago

According to the Dept. of Homeland Security website that I looked at about a year ago, 79% of illegal immigrants were Latinos and about 90% of them were Mexican.
I'll let you two discuss whether or not those numbers reflect a stereotype or not.

jhawkinsf 2 years, 10 months ago

As I said, I'm staying out of the stereotype discussion. I hope your question is for "The Big B".

jhawkinsf 2 years, 10 months ago

Good question, actually. Those who hold dual citizenship, can they vote?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 10 months ago

"The advocates said the proof of citizenship requirement would be in place too soon for many people to get registered to vote in the August primaries and the November general election."

This is precisely it's intent, so it's unlikely to dissuade those who are seeking to suppress voter turnout.

Fedupwithrates 2 years, 10 months ago

Kansas is a republican state, it will always be a republican state, so why are we wasting time and money passing frivolous laws about voter registration? First off, every citizen is allowed the constitutional right to vote, both laws require citizens without an id to obtain one, last I checked it costs $22 to get an id from the dmv and more hassle to get a birth certificate. In essence we are charging people to vote, way to go Kansas, over more step back in civil rights, again.

deec 2 years, 10 months ago

What about other states? Are they also giving out free birth certificates to Kansas residents? Will Kansas provide free copies to persons born in Kansas but now living elsewhere? Depending on the state it costs $10-$30 for a birth certificate copy.

FieldTested 2 years, 10 months ago

My elderly mother stopped driving 2 years ago due increasing physical disabilities. Her Driver's License expired 15 months ago. She has voted in every election since she first voted in the mid-terms in 1952. She had been a poll worker, and been politically active since the 1970s. The poll workers at her precinct know her by first name.

Since there is no way to obtain an ID without being physically present, she went down to the DMV with her a helper to get her ID so she could vote this year. After a 45 minute wait, she gave up due to the physical stress and pain of standing in line.

There you go - more evidence that this new rule is reducing the legitimate vote (by one) as much as eliminating any proven voter fraud by undocumented immigrants in Kansas (zero). This woman survived the dust bowl in western Kansas, raised 5 children, scrimped and saved her whole life to support herself in her old age, and now these grand-standing blowhards have disenfranchised her to further their own political aspirations.

Fedupwithrates 2 years, 10 months ago

It is unconstitutional and our government should be ashamed of their political agenda.

Mike Wasikowski 2 years, 10 months ago

The South Carolina Attorney General claimed that there were over 900 cases of voter fraud in the recent Republican primary. To prove this, he released six of the names he claimed were dead people who cast votes. Five of these names were later found to have been caused by simple clerical errors. The last was a guy who legally cast an absentee ballot and died before the primary was held. None of these were fraudulent votes.

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