Letters to the Editor

Letter: Kobach questions

August 20, 2013


To the editor:

On receiving the American Civil Liberties Union letter demanding that he do something about the one-third of Kansans who have tried to register to vote under his new regime and have yet to have their registrations approved, Secretary of State Kris Kobach tried to duck the issue by refusing to answer questions from the press and accusing the ACLU of being a left-wing organization (Journal-World, Aug. 14).   

In hopes that this elected  officer will soon respond to questions from constituents, I have two:  1)  How can you justify denying the most precious right in a democracy to so many of my fellow Kansans when independent bodies assure us that voter fraud is rarer than confirmed UFO sightings? and, 2) when exactly did it become “left-wing” to fight for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?  


Ken Lassman 4 years, 9 months ago

Thank you, Joey. One third of registration applicants still pending? Sounds like the DMV is in charge, either that or it's a case of an unfunded mandate, something that the hard right is so keen to criticize. Any way you look at it, this "solution" to a problem that doesn't exist has become a much bigger problem than the original one--or was that the intent all along?

tomatogrower 4 years, 9 months ago

The problem has a fix. Kobach and his crew gets on the phone and tells the voters who showed their proper id at the DMV that their info did not get transmitted to the proper place and that they will need to come in and show their birth certificate again, and apologize for the bad software. Then he and his office needs to follow through with letters and instructions. In other words, Kobach needs to do his job. Why are you regressives not demanding that Kobach works? Right now I would call Kobach a "taker". Get to work, Kris.

Janis Pool 4 years, 9 months ago

This is Definitely Not Hyperbole nor is it Undocumented.. Kobach's office confirms the number of voters in suspension under his new criteria to be 12,000. Reason for this action stated by Kobach himself-the prevalence of voter fraud. Number of confirmed cases of voter fraud in Kansas-3. The overreach is not being done by the "left", unless you are directionally challenged. But you are correct when you say this is dividing the state. Have you checked your own registry? I did.

jafs 4 years, 9 months ago

I believe that you misread the letter.

The claim is that 1/3 of the Kansans who tried to register recently, not 1/3 of all Kansans, have their registrations in suspense.

Larry Sturm 4 years, 9 months ago

Stupidity is fixing a problem that doesn't exist.

Kate Rogge 4 years, 9 months ago

And corruption is blocking the voting rights of new Kansas registrants by pretending to protect the rest of us from rampant voter fraud. When are we all going to focus on the clear disconnect between what Brownback and Kobach are actually doing and what they are saying about it?

Brock Masters 4 years, 9 months ago

One of the participants in the suit acknowledge that they have both a birth certificate and passport but just feel they shouldn't have to show it.

Ken Lassman 4 years, 9 months ago

So are you implying that 11,999 other folks are also doing this?

Ken Lassman 4 years, 9 months ago

Good. I suggest you read the details of the complaint against Kobach in the letter by the ACLU referenced below and see that Kobach has no real legal recourse to continue to keep these-- not 12,000 but almost-- 14,000 citizens who qualify for registration as defined by the National Voters Right Act from being counted on the roles. Dragging his heels as much as he already has is very questionable, but if he pursues a dual track of separating out a different level of qualification for voter eligibility for state offices, I would hope you would join me in resisting him.

Brock Masters 4 years, 9 months ago


I like him and will vote for him again.

Ken Lassman 4 years, 9 months ago

The question was whether you would support him if he pursues a dual track voting system, which he has actually discussed, where precincts would potentially have to have two lists of registered voters, one list for those who are legally registered to vote for candidates for a Federal office, and another list for those who are legally registered for voting in state contests. You would seriously be OK with this kind of system???

Ken Lassman 4 years, 9 months ago

Here's a link to the letter sent to Kobach, Schmidt, et al: http://www.aclu.org/voting-rights/letter-kansas-secretary-state-kris-kobach

You can download a copy of the letter by clicking on a link at the bottom of the press release. Having read the complaint, I'm seeing that there's no way Kobach's strategy will work, i.e. of having a more restrictive requirement by the State of Kansas than is required by the Feds as outlined in the voting rights act. He actually IS holding up folks who have fulfilled voting registration requirements by renewing their driver's license, and requiring more proof of citizenship than the Feds require, which is specifically prohibited in the Arizona ruling.

If he pursues a separate-but-unequal strategy of requiring a different level of state registration, i.e. of allowing folks to vote in Federal elections but not state elections unless they have produced a birth certificate, etc., then we need to respond en masse with a recall election to throw the bum out.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 9 months ago

Ms Joey Sprague realizes this guy Kobach is about voter suppression is my speculation.

In other words a bit anti American.

Liberty275 4 years, 9 months ago

You should address your questions to the government. They are your problem.

"when exactly did it become “left-wing” to fight for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?"

Never. The left is as bad as the right when it comes to abusing The Constitution.

globehead 4 years, 9 months ago

"when exactly did it become “left-wing” to fight for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?"

I believe the year was 1789. Compared to the rest of the world, it was most definitely left wing.

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