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Voting rights rally scheduled for start of special legislative session

August 29, 2013

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— Right after the Kansas Legislature convenes a special session Tuesday, a number of groups plan to rally to ask that legislators change the new proof-of-citizenship requirement to vote.

"This is an opportunity to fix the voter crisis," a release from KanVote and the Wichita-based Sunflower Community Action states.

Since Jan. 1, when a state law took effect requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote, approximately 15,000 would-be voters won't be able to vote because they filled out registration forms but election officials haven't yet received a birth certificate, passport, or other acceptable document.

The ACLU, on behalf of several groups, has threatened to file a lawsuit against the state, but Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who helped pass the proof-of-citizenship requirement, has defended the law.

Meanwhile, two Democratic legislators say they will file for the special session the Protection Against Voter Suppression Act, which would add to the state law a provision similar to the one in federal law that allows a voter to sign an affidavit stating he or she is a citizen. If the statement is proven false, the voter would face a jail sentence.

Gov. Sam Brownback, however, and legislative leaders, all Republicans, say they want to limit the special session to working on the state law that allows a sentence of life in prison with no possibility of parole for 50 years in heinous murder cases. State officials say a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision has put that law in jeopardy.

The voting rights rally will kick off at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Statehouse. Other groups planning to participate in the rally include the Kansas NAACP and the state chapter of the League of Women Voters.

Comments

mikekt 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Why not protest infront of the office of a Kansas or Area Branch of the US Attorneys' Offices, as Topeka is just going to stone wall you ! This needs to be independently investigated !

If they, the Republican controlled legislature cared,....this would have been fixed a long time ago !

I Wonder if there is any information on the internet, as a record, that would confirm that Kobach knew, that he or his office wasn't able to get DMV information, before putting his evil law in place, thru the Legislative efforts .

If so, he should loose his legal license to practice law, allong with any accomplices, as that would be a massive voter fraud .

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mikekt 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Someone should ask Kris Kobach and Brownie and their staffs, under oath, when it was that they knew that the DMV was incapable of sending voter information to the Secretary of States Office, in a Federal Court, that they don't control, as part of a voter fraud investigation !

They could also ask key Kansas Legislators, under oath, who pushed this bill thru .....and don't seem to care to fix it !

It is time for a criminal investigation, to establish under oath some basic facts because this is a ridiculous created and maintained voter problem .

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rtwngr 7 months, 2 weeks ago

"Meanwhile, two Democratic legislators say they will file for the special session the Protection Against Voter Suppression Act, which would add to the state law a provision similar to the one in federal law that allows a voter to sign an affidavit stating he or she is a citizen. If the statement is proven false, the voter would face a jail sentence."

What if you have an Attorney General like, say, Eric Holder, who refuses to prosecute laws that he doesn't like. Laws are only as good as the enforcement. We have laws on the books now for voter fraud and the U.S. Attorney General refuses to prosecute much less investigate fraud complaints because they serve his and the left's agenda.

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Armstrong 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Going on 9 months now and you mean none of those 15000 have had the opportunity to get even a drivers license ? Finding that very hard to believe.

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