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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

Armstrong 1 year, 3 months 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.

Tyler Palmer 1 year, 3 months ago

They got their driver's licenses, but they weren't able to have their voter registration processed because of the broken system and the unnecessary requirements for additional documentation.

rtwngr 1 year, 3 months 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.

Seth Peterson 1 year, 3 months ago

Then I suppose that would balance it out - having one serve a 'left' agenda, to counter someone who is serving a 'right' agenda. Though when the two sides of the agenda are letting people vote versus trying to keep people from voting one is more moral while the 'right' continues to try to undermine the basic principle of this country.

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