Voter law – The U.S. Supreme Court decision on Arizona’s voting law wasn’t so much a ruling on proof of citizenship for registering to vote as it was about the consistency of federal elections. That made it a sensible ruling. And it means that, despite what Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says, Kansas should accept a federal voter-registration form and allow such registrants to vote without conditions.
Kansas’ misguided “proof of citizenship” law is now squarely on the wrong side of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The Kansas Legislature should do the right thing and rescind its unfair law, which will inevitably disenfranchise U.S. citizens.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt should move quickly to test our state’s voter-registration law in court, so we will know if its provisions are constitutional or unconstitutional before we gear up for the 2014 elections.