To the editor:
Scott Rothschild’s recent article “Problems arise with requiring proof of citizenship to vote” indicated that since Jan. 1 more than 11,000 voter registrations have been put on hold because of unspecified problems with documentation. With only 20,780 new voter registrations accepted during this same time period, Rothschild points out that one in three Kansans are being denied their basic voting rights.
These citizens are being disenfranchised to “protect” us from the half-dozen or so cases of voter fraud that inevitably occur in any large election.
The concept of one-person, one-vote is an intrinsic American ideal. My grandfathers fought for this ideal in World War II. My father spent a lifetime promoting this ideal in the civil service. I served in the USAF because I too believe in the American ideal.
Under the guise of preventing voter fraud, our current secretary of state, Kris Kobach, is attacking this American ideal. He is attacking America. Kobach is using his constituency’s ignorance, fear of immigrants and subtle racism to promote himself and his radical anti-immigrant agenda at the cost of a basic American principle.
Loyal Americans need to stand up and say, “no more.” It doesn’t matter if you are a Republican, Democrat or Libertarian, surely we can all agree on the principle of one-person, one-vote.
The good news is that to stand up you don’t have to picket, protest or start a revolution. All you have to do protect America from the likes of Kris Kobach is get out and vote. That is, if you are among the Kansans Kobach is allowing to vote.