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Brownback hesitant to weigh in on voter registration problems

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Topeka -- Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday didn't seem to want to get involved in the controversy over the 13,000 Kansans whose voter registrations are up in the air.

When asked about it, Brownback, a Republican, referred to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, also a Republican. "It's in the secretary of state's purview," Brownback said.

Brownback acknowledged an interest in the voting booth being "open for people." "We'll watch and review the process as it's coming forward, but there is a constitutional officer that's in charge of that." Again, that's a reference to Kobach.

Since the state proof of citizenship requirement took effect at the start of this year, more than 13,000 new Kansas voter registrants have been unable to complete the process because they didn't provide citizenship documents, such as a birth certificate or passport.

Voting rights advocates say the new law needs to be repealed and that the large number of incomplete registrations shows the state wasn't ready for such a proof of citizenship requirement.

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nick_s 2 years ago

He hasnt been told how to spin it yet, therefore he is speechless.

cowboy 2 years ago

Brownhack didn't have any problem injecting himself into the insurance issues , there was also a constitutionally elected insurance commissioner he overrode.

leaningleftist 2 years ago

Leadership you can count on, isn't he the governor of his fiefdom? What a spineless piece of......work

oldexbeat 2 years ago

can't lie about it yet -- so no comment from Liar Sammy Brownback. Or ALEC hasn't told him what to think yet. Or both.

tomatogrower 2 years ago

He doesn't want to say it, but I'm sure he approves of everything Kobach is doing. He doesn't want to dirty his hands though. Notice how the major tax cuts was what the legislature sent him. Cuts to the universities? He travelled the state, on our dime, to promote no cuts. He just couldn't convince them otherwise, and he forgot to veto the cuts. Oh darn. They are trying to make him look like he had nothing to do with this Tea Party experiment that Kansas has become, so he'll get reelected, but it's not going to work, Brownie.

Catalano 2 years ago

So the Hutch News did a story on this and it sounded like they got access to the list of voters in suspense in Reno County:

http://www.hutchnews.com/Todaystop/A1-suspended-voters--2

Scott...is it possible for you to get the list of Douglas County residents in suspense and see what they have to say?

Thanks.

markgreene69 2 years ago

Governor Brownback needs to get a better understanding of the situation...I heard him say today on the KCUR morning show that the reason the 12,000+ voters were having trouble registering to vote was because of a "computer problem". Now, come on, are we really suppose to believe that?

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