Letters to the Editor

Letter: Suppressed vote

March 26, 2014


To the editor:

Federal District Judge Eric Melgren’s ruling supports Secretary Kobach’s determination to suppress the vote! We have now opened a war on voters who are inclined to vote for Democratic candidates by giving states the right to institute modern “Jim Crow” laws denying thousands, if not millions, of voters the right to vote. 

“Voter fraud” is merely a fiction. This in addition to opening the doors to the wealthy purchasing candidates and financing their elections gives our so-called “conservatives” the right to control more and more of our “democratic process.

In Kansas, Secretary Kobach is the winner! Resident of Kansas are the losers!

The question is: What will those of us who claim to hold the fundamental value of the “right to vote” do about it? Will we continue to elect secretaries of state, governors and legislators who, with Secretary Kobach, support the suppression of voters, or will we work for a free and open inclusive electorate?


Richard Heckler 4 years, 2 months ago

No matter what if a voter is not of right wing anti American leaning best keep checking your voter registration status perhaps weekly.

RJ Johnson 4 years, 2 months ago

Give me a break! All you need is a birth certificate or state ID. A small price to pay to keep the illegals and frauds from voting!!

Ken Lassman 4 years, 2 months ago

What is Kobach doing to ENCOURAGE folks to vote? How is he making it easier for citizens to participate in the democratic process? If he were spending more time increasing participation in minority communities, in underrrepresented parts of the Kansas community who are legitimate citizens but who have not done so in the past, you might actually have a point. But all he does is strengthen rules that suppress, not encourage democracy--he should be called on the carpet for such one sided attention.

Scott Burkhart 4 years, 2 months ago

If you want to get a state I.D. or Driver's License, for the first time, you must produce a birth certificate. If you want to buy liquor, cigarettes, or cash a check, you must present identification. These laws are not designed to block consumers from commerce, they are designed to block those that would perform illegal acts. The voter laws do not disenfranchise anybody. Everyone can produce and I.D. and/or a birth certificate. If they cannot do it on their own, there are plenty of "get out the vote" organizers that will be glad to help so that when these people need to vote, they will be eligible. Those that are not entitled to vote, hopefully, will be blocked as the law intends.

Kevin Elliott 4 years, 2 months ago

There are so many failings in your statement it is difficult to know where to begin or understand how you imagine you offer ant credible comments.

I will stick with 2 of the most obvious.

  1. 11,000 legitimate voters were disenfranchised during the last election including a former lt governor. The right to vote should be considered sacred and when you disenfranchise so many, it fails all tests of american values.

Buying cigarettes is not a constitutional right, voting is. Different standards apply. i do not enjoy the concept of a show me your papers state. 1930s 40s germany comes to mind with that.

If kansas legislature is too stupid to figure out how to stop 3 cases of voter fraud without disenfranchising 11,000 legit voters, then they have failed at their job.

Greg Cooper 4 years, 2 months ago

And, Kevin, the process already exists to block those billions of voter fraud instances, so there is no need of further legislation aimed at enforcement of laws already extant. This is just another case of Kobach (see, also, "Republican" cronies) justifying their allegiance to the Tea Party cabal that has taken over our state, due to the voters' apathy and ignorance of what is happening.

Seth Peterson 4 years, 2 months ago

There is no price to pay to keep "illegals" and frauds from voting - they don't.

Greg Cooper 4 years, 2 months ago

Yep, all six of them.

I say, institute the death penalty for voter fraud. This is critical to the democratic workings of our government.

Oh, what? You can't find six? Well, that's not important, because there MIGHT be one in the next few decades, right.

Cille King 4 years, 2 months ago

A Kansas state ID is not proof of citizenship and does not qualify as such to register to vote in Kansas.

Scott Burkhart 4 years, 2 months ago

I vote yes to all of the LTE authors' questions.

John Graham 4 years, 2 months ago

Let the liberals' "disenfranchisement" cries begin. They will speak of the unbelievable, insurmountable physical hardship and enormous financial strain of producing a birth certificate in order to get a government photo ID.

Ken Lassman 4 years, 2 months ago

Actually, John, more than the disenfranchisement caused by the limbo that has left 11,000 citizens registered but unable to vote, it's the one-sidedness of Kobach that disturbs me the most. At best his policies in voter registration have shown a collosal lack of imagination and leadership on the voter encouragement side of things. As Secretary of State, shouldn't he be promoting a goal of having every legitimate Kansas voter voting during every election that they are alive? At worst, the one-sidedness of the supression tactics are hard to interpret as anything other than trying to bias the outcome of the elections in ways that are hardly better than the the old Jim Crow laws that were specifically designed to accomplish that outcome and were eventually deemed unconstitutional.

Scott Burkhart 4 years, 2 months ago

In the words of your Vice President, "malarkey."

Ken Lassman 4 years, 2 months ago

Really, Scott? What has our Secretary of State done to make it easier to reach the goal of every Kansan being able to vote in every election?

Grégoire Guillaume 4 years, 2 months ago

PLEASE, those whose defend voter suppression are smug puny thinking automatons that only give a hoot that their world view is not shattered by reality. The republicans have rightly seen that their only hope to hold on to power is to cheat, plain and simple. If your not in the 10% of citizens enjoying the "good life" why would you vote to let polluters pollute, give tax breaks to those who don't need it and create bogus "regulations" yes REGULATIONS to a problem that was made up in the "think tanks" of ALEC. It's pitiful that the citizens of Kansas are allowing a small minority of un-democratic plutocrats to dictate their extreme partisan agenda without so much as a whimper.

David Reber 4 years, 2 months ago

Can anyone imagine the right-wing outrage that would occur if somebody suggested photo ID and/or birth certificate requirements for buying guns? How dare anyone try to suppress constitutional rights in that manner.....

Domino effect

Domino effect by dreber

Thomas Bryce Jr. 4 years, 2 months ago

Dave, I do know for a fact that you have to show Valid Photo ID and go through a Federal Background check for a legal Firearm Purchase from a Certified dealer. But not a Birth Certificate. Person to Person Transactions(Private citizens) Do not require any of these. Just an FYI.

David Reber 4 years, 2 months ago

Right. It was the addition of requirements for private, within a state, transactions I was referring to. Of course, some right-wing folks view the federal background checks as an infringement; as do a few liberal folks (like me, for instance...).

Just trying to illustrate the hypocrisy.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 4 years, 2 months ago

I Understand Completely! :) Keep on 'em David! I always enjoy your Points of view.

James Howlette 4 years, 2 months ago

Interesting to note that the current voter ID laws wouldn't have prevented her from filing both an absentee and in-person ballot or filing absentee ballots fraudulently in her relatives' names.

Matthew Herbert 4 years, 2 months ago

I was wondering how many comments about the non-existence of voter fraud would occur before the first reference to Melowese Richardson was made. Well done Bob. My favorite part of the story is how people who applauded her and were asked why justified their applause as not being for her criminal activity or her getting around her 5-year prison sentence, but rather they were applauding that she had returned home to help out sick family members.

4 years, 2 months ago

I think we should have voting booths just for the illegals... first off, they would have to write a paragraph concerning why they came to this Country in the first place. Must have been something really bad going on to try such a move...or maybe they just want to take advantage...lol.

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