Voting law – The ridiculousness of Kansas’ new voting regulations continues to reach new bounds. The Secure and Fair Elections Act, intended to prevent voter fraud from taking place, has resulted in about 12,000 legal residents being unable to take part in the electoral process. That is how many Kansans are classified as in a suspended state of voter registration because they have yet to produce proof of citizenship. Lest we forget, the election laws were passed overwhelmingly in 2011 in response to 75 reported cases of alleged fraud that took place between 1998 and 2008. None of the complaints was serious enough to result in a conviction. Zero.
People voting under false identities was never a problem in Kansas, but the “fix” is turning out to be quite the debacle. The Department of Revenue needs to step up and help resolve the problem. But at this point, even Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach might be relieved if courts would simply declare the proof-of-citizenship law to be unconstitutional, as they did with a similar Arizona measure.