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Kobach promotes Voter Registration Kit on National Voter Registration Day; doesn't mention problem of voters in 'suspense'


Topeka — It's National Voter Registration Day and like secretaries of state across the nation, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Tuesday encouraged people to register to vote.

But Kobach made no mention of the more than 17,000 Kansans whose voter registrations are on hold because of the proof-of-citizenship requirement that he fought to get into law. The law took effect in January.

Instead, Kobach, in a news release, promoted a 14-page Voter Registration Kit that details requirements to register to vote in Kansas.

The booklet can be downloaded at

The booklet contains information about the proof of citizenship requirement for new voters, methods for delivering paper or digital copies of citizenship documents to county election officials, and contact information for those officials.

"We are pleased to offer a new portable tool to help civic organizations, parties and agencies to facilitate voter registration," Kobach said. "I encourage all United States citizens who are 18 years of age or older to register to vote if they haven’t already. And people who have moved should make sure their voter registration records are updated with their current address information," he said.

Kobach has said the proof of citizenship requirement is needed to prevent undocumented immigrants from voting. Voting rights advocates say the requirement is unnecessary because seldom does an undocumented immigrant try to vote, and it is a hardship for some people, such as the elderly, who have trouble getting their birth certificates to prove citizenship.

The American Civil Liberties Union has threatened to file a lawsuit over the growing number of voter registrations in "suspense."


onemansopinion 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Fossick, if there is a problem with the system, fix the system. What does it matter if it is 1 voter or 17,000? A denial of one person's right to vote hurts everyone, if if you don't like how they would vote.

The fact that the Secretary of State argued for the law that created this issue means, in addition to his job title and duties, he has a moral imperative to see it resolved. It's a concept called governance, something those on the right seem to have lost grasp of since 2008.


Fossick 6 months, 3 weeks ago

"Kobach made no mention of the more than 17,000 Kansans whose voter registrations are on hold because of the proof-of-citizenship requirement that he fought to get into law"

What is there to say? That's a serious question. What, precisely, does Mr. Rothschild expect that the SecState ought to say in regards to the .1% (17,000 out about 1.7 million registered) who have attempted to register to vote but have not met the qualifications of the law?


avarom 6 months, 3 weeks ago

There's an old joke about voting.....let's pretend voting day is today.....So, How do you keep a voter in Suspense.......................................................You tell him voting day is Tomorrow!


oldbaldguy 6 months, 3 weeks ago

it just keeps getting better.


Larry Moss 6 months, 3 weeks ago

I keep hearing about all these stories of people not being able to register to vote. I'd think if there were so many of these Kansas citizens, that this paper could find some and tell us their story.


angelusv2 6 months, 3 weeks ago

I love it. Another chance to recycle the same story for like the 100th time. What exactly should Kobach do... hire dog the bounty hunter to track these voters down and bring them in to show proof of citizenship? There is no problem here. They have till Election Day to provide proof of citizenship. I'm sure most of them are like me and won't deal with it till it's close to election time. So how about no more stories on this till there is something to actually report.


thinkagain 6 months, 3 weeks ago

A 14 page instruction booklet on how to register to vote? And Brownback wants SMALLER government?!?!


blindrabbit 6 months, 3 weeks ago

I'll bet that there are two Voter Registration Kits, one for GOP'ers and T-Baggers written in plain English and one for the rest written in Pig Latin, Sanskrit or some other obscure language to obfuscate the voting process. I'm sure the system was approved by Brownie, Rove and blessed by the Koch-a-Kolas.


ENVIROPEACE 6 months, 3 weeks ago

So, Kobach was incredibly concerned about 7 cases of voter fraud, but when he has 14,000 voters who are stuck in "limbo" it's not worthy of mention? Shocking...


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