On April 18, 2011, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed the Kansas Secure and Fair Elections (S.A.F.E.) Act into law. It was sponsored by the Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach.
Starting January 1, 2012, Kansas voters must show photographic identification when casting a vote in person; and Kansas voters must have their signature verified and provide a full Kansas driver’s license or non-driver ID number when voting by mail.
Starting January 1, 2013, newly-registered Kansas voters must prove U.S. citizenship when registering to vote.
Kris Kobach doesn’t like the fact that Democrats changed the registration date to after the 2012 election, and wants an amendment added to the bill to change the registration requirement to June 15, in order to protect voter integrity in time for the 2012 election.
With criticism mounting from Democrats and voters’ rights organizations, Secretary of State Kris Kobach isn’t backing down in his push to move up the date of new voter registration requirements.
Last year the Legislature passed a law requiring proof of citizenship to register effective Jan. 1, 2013. But with a presidential election coming up, that isn’t soon enough for Kobach, a national defender of illegal immigration crackdowns.
“If the legislators are serious about wanting to keep aliens off our voter rolls, then we must have these protections in place before the wave of registrations begins this fall,” Kobach said. “If legislators want to allow aliens on our voter rolls, then absolutely they should leave it until 2013.”
Kobach has pushed for a June 15, 2012, start date in the House. He will appear before a Senate committee Thursday to discuss preparations for the changes. House Elections Committee Chairman Scott Schwab, R-Olathe, told The Associated Press the Division of Vehicles may not have its computer system ready to implement the change by then.
Even if it is ready, Democrats in the Legislature and the League of Women Voters are against accelerating the process, saying it wouldn’t leave time to educate voters and that Kobach is rushing to solve a problem that, by and large, doesn’t exist.
Marge Ahrens, president of the League of Women Voters’ Shawnee County branch, said that “fewer than five” Kansans have been prosecuted for voter fraud to date — none of them illegal immigrants.
“We still have almost no evidence, even across the country, of voter fraud,” Ahrens said. “The amount of voter fraud is negligible. So, to make it more complex for people trying to register to vote, or who have changed their names, to catch fraud seems inappropriate because there isn’t enough evidence of wrongdoing.”
Democrats (who probably know better) like to tell people that voter fraud doesn’t exist, or it’s very rare, or it’s “a myth”. While it’s extremely difficult to prove who the perpetrators are, there is a mountain of evidence that it is occurring. Prosecutions and convictions are rare because our voting system makes it nearly impossible to determine who the culprits are. Minnesota Majority has compiled evidence that shows thousands of instances that indicate errors or abuse. If you want to know how on earth a guy like Al Franken gets elected, there’s your answer.
Dr. Chapman Rackaway interviewed Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach about the new voting requirements and his thoughts on voter fraud for his show, Talking Democracy.
Kobach is scheduled to update the House Elections Committee on the law Monday morning, and he’s set to appear Wednesday morning before the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee.