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Kobach says Wisconsin voter ID ruling will have no impact on Kansas

April 30, 2014


— Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Wednesday said a federal court ruling in Wisconsin, which struck down that state's voter identification law, should have no impact on Kansas' law.

"I don't think it will have any effect," said Kobach, a Republican who is a strong advocate of laws requiring photo ID to vote and proof of citizenship to register to vote.

In Wisconsin, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman said that state's photo ID law imposed an unfair burden on poor and minority voters.

Because low-income and minority voters weren't as likely to have photo IDs or the documents needed to get them, the law violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection, Adelman said.

When the ruling came down, reports said the decision could set a precedent for legal challenges to similar laws, including the one in Kansas.

But Kobach said the Kansas law, which he proposed and helped pass, accepts a wider range of photo IDs for voting than the Wisconsin law. These include student IDs, federal non-military IDs, military veterans IDs, local government IDs, technical college IDs, and any qualifying photo ID that has expired if a person is over 65.

In addition, Kobach said the judge's decision in Wisconsin was based on speculation on the impact of voter ID in that state, since the law has never been tested during an election.

In Kansas, the voter ID law was in effect during the 2012 election.

Kobach said during that election, 838 people did not present a photo ID on Election Day. Later, 306 of those came back to provide ID. Of the remaining 532, Kobach said his office found only two people who did not have a photo ID.

In Kansas, residents of a retirement home challenged the voter ID law, but last week they dropped their lawsuit because they said the case would not be heard before this year's elections, and they found requests for personal information too intrusive.


Richard Heckler 4 years ago

Wisconsin like Kansas has an ALEC state government….

ALSO the seller of paperless machines, the Diebold Corporation, is a supplier of money to the republican party. The CEO and top officers of Diebold are major contributors to republican campaigns. A corporation with vested political interests should not have control over the votes of the populace.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 4 years ago

"I don't think it will have any effect." Kris Kobach on Wisconsin's Voter ID Law being struck down by a Federal Court and the effect it might have on Kansas's Voter ID Law. Wishful thinking on your part, Kris. At least you told the truth with the first three words of your statement.

Julius Nolan 4 years ago

Kobach, an even bigger liar and incompetent person than brownie. But then he is being paid well to defend his writing of discriminatory laws. And the brilliant and highly competent JW IT staff still don't know how to run a forum site. Apparently in their spare time they also maintain the states KDADS web site. Same level of IT skills.

Michael LoBurgio 4 years ago

Hey, Kris Kobach! Here’s a Hanky. Cry Me a River

A federal judge ruled that Wisconsin’s law requiring a government issued photo-id to vote places an undue burden on minority voters.

This was preceded by pro-voting-rights rulings in Pennsylvania by a state judge; and that was followed by Arkansas, where a judge said that state’s voter-id law violates the state’s constitution.

Sixteen states have laws on the books that restrict voter’s rights similar to the one in Wisconsin. Kansas is one of those states.

This is a huge win for those who understand that minorities DO have far more people who will be negatively affected by these voter-id laws.

One major fact: There has been almost NO voter fraud. So why suddenly, since President Obama was elected, are so many Republicans like Kris Kobach pushing for making voting by the poor much more difficult, if not impossible in time to vote this November?

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