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State Senate panel to review voter citizenship bill

March 9, 2012

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— A Kansas Senate committee is preparing to review a proposal to require some potential voters to prove their citizenship starting in June, ahead of this year's presidential election.

The Ethics and Elections Committee has scheduled a review next Thursday of a bill containing the proposal from Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

A law passed last year requires people registering to vote in Kansas for the first time to prove their U.S. citizenship, beginning in January 2013.

Kobach wants to move the effective date up to June 15. He argues the rule will deter election fraud and should be in place as soon as possible. Critics say the rule will suppress voter turnout.

Comments

jayhawklawrence 2 years, 9 months ago

If our nation's leaders look the other way when a guy like Kobach comes along and abuses his position, is this a slippery slope situation where in the future other abuses of power will be allowed and we will be expected or programmed to look the other way.

The election fraud strategy being perpetrated by the Republican Party is this kind of issue and the Limbaugh melt down defense is another similar issue.

In spite of what the slick and expensive political propaganda may say, there will always be a standard of right and wrong but we may not always be able to recognize it and never will it be more difficult than when these candidates start moving their lips.

Jan Rolls 2 years, 9 months ago

Why don't they review the jerk's time away from kansas compared to how many hours he is actually working here?

JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 9 months ago

A sad day for Kansas. Kansas was founded as a state to expand human rights. Laws like this only serve to limit human rights. I earnestly hope and pray that the GOP in this state implodes and their extreme right wing cultural revolution comes to an end so we can focus on funding education and helping the economy.

Cait McKnelly 2 years, 9 months ago

In breaking news today, the DoJ permanently blocked the voter ID law in Texas. Given that it has nearly identical language to the Kansas law, I'm wondering how this will effect it.

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