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Kobach takes voter photo ID fight to Alaska

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Topeka —Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has taken his fight for voter photo ID to Alaska.

In the process, Kobach, a Republican who has become a national figure on immigration restrictions and voter ID, has thrust himself into a state legislative battle and a U.S. Senate race there.

Here's a link to a story about Kobach's efforts inlink text Alaska that starts with a question: "Why has Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach taken such an active interest in Alaska's elections?

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Hooligan_016 1 year, 6 months ago

Obviously to keep the immigrant Russians from crossing over on the Bering Strait, duh.

foggydew 1 year, 6 months ago

How much money do you suppose he takes in under the table from the Koch brothers and ALEC?

bad_dog 1 year, 6 months ago

Given the content of the Alaskan news story linked above, it appears the politicians of Palinsburg have a lot more sense than those of Brownbackistan.

Topple 1 year, 6 months ago

Kobach defeating the rampant evils of voter fraud one state at a time. Our savior.

creativewhimz 1 year, 6 months ago

Alaskans,Welcome to the Paranoid and Fearful World of "The Phil Kline/ Kris Koback Show" . Do we have medications to treat these delusional sorts who's only objective is to void the disadvanged from voting and labeling it "voter fraud legistlation" NUTS!!!

verity 1 year, 6 months ago

From the article cited:

"Alaska Natives say a photo ID rule would be a roadblock to voting in the Bush. A decline in turnout there, with its traditionally heavy Democratic vote, could affect the 2014 reelection hopes of U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat running in a Republican-leaning state. One of his potential rivals is Alaska's top election official, Republican Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell."

Voter fraud seems to be even less rampant in Alaska as in Kansas. And we're really expected to believe this isn't about voter suppression.

I wonder if you need a photo license to drive a dogsled.

chootspa 1 year, 6 months ago

Correction: If the GOP could keep winning elections without resorting to dirty tricks and disenfranchisement, you wouldn't need laws like that.

Anthony Mall 1 year, 6 months ago

So you just pick and choose which laws to follow? Issue in Ohio right now where a poll employee was charged and pled no contest to felony voting fraud 2008, 2011, and 2012... Just because LJWorld and other medua outlets refuse to acknowledge it doesnt mean it doesn't happen.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 6 months ago

And voter ID would have ZERO effect on fraud by a poll employee.

Anthony Mall 1 year, 6 months ago

All they ask for is an ID. Your required by law to have one on you to do just about anything in todays world. Heck my 91 year old grandfather has a state ID. Just saying, people act like it never happens and poll workers are being pleading to felony charges in swing states just two weeks ago! It needs to be addressed on both sides.

Greg Cooper 1 year, 6 months ago

And you still have not addressed bozo's reply to your comment. Perhaps, if you'd read and comprehend the issues you'd be a little less silly-looking when you try to regurgitate Republican talking points.

Let me reiterate: poll workers are not covered by the ID laws if they vote fraudulently as nobody asks for their IDs.

Now go to work and find something real to rail about.

Anthony Mall 1 year, 6 months ago

The issue is voter fraud the fact that this case happen to work as a poll employee makes it more serious. I also stated that this is an issue BOTH sides need to figure out but apparently missed that. Something real like liberals ranting about Florida and the recount for years?

chootspa 1 year, 6 months ago

Oh, I don't doubt that both sides engage in dirty politics when they think they can get away with it. I'm not a member of either party, btw. But using a "both sides do it" defense in this case is naive on your part.

In the case of voter ID pushes, it's a GOP thing, and it's entirely because demographics are no longer on their side. It's a matter of time before those minority majority states start voting in active numbers, and they aim to oppress the legitimate vote for as long as they possibly can. You know, to "deliver Pennsylvania for Romney." How did that work out, btw?

Thinking_Out_Loud 1 year, 6 months ago

I think the Secretary of State is an exempt employee. I doubt that he is ignoring his Kansas responsibilities to take on this work--I suspect he is taking it on in addition to his Kansas responsibilities. Moreover, since he is the boss of the Secretary of State's office, and has no supervisor to hold him accountable, there is nothing that can be done even if he is drawing his Kansas paycheck but not doing Kansas work.

bad_dog 1 year, 6 months ago

Perhaps he doesn't have enough work in Kansas to justify the SOS's office remaining a full-time position. I'd have to guess, but it could probably be reduced to less than say 30 hours per week. That's a suggestion our gov ought to be able to support. You know, like he would for a KTA employee.

Another bit of speculation. If "Special K" doesn't show up for work, I'll bet he can be terminated. Let's see, recall elections, impeachment (albeit unlikely, it's the only thing our legislature might be able to address on a timely basis). I wonder what KSA 25-4305 says...http://kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/statute/025_000_0000_chapter/025_043_0000_article/025_043_0005_section/025_043_0005_k/

Thinking_Out_Loud 1 year, 6 months ago

What would such impeachment charges be, I wonder? Even so, I can't imagine this legislature considering them. Recall has to be for cause.

My point wasn't that he can't be removed from office--only that there is no one in a position to say "Hey, Kris--you aren't showing up. You know, you can be fired for that!"

Frederic Gutknecht IV 1 year, 6 months ago

Kind Kris Kobach, WHO'RE you? How ridiculous do you need to be to make your hay?

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