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Voting laws really about lowering turnout

"An attack on the right to vote is under way across the country through laws designed to make it more difficult to cast a ballot," wrote syndicated columnist E.J. Dionne. "If this were happening in an emerging democracy, we'd condemn it as election-rigging. But it's happening here, so there's barely a whimper." Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach drafted Kansas' new voting law and has been encouraging other states to pass similar laws, claiming that reforms are needed to stop voter fraud. But Dionne noted that "study after study has shown that fraud by voters is not a major problem — and is less of a problem than how hard many states make it for people to vote in the first place." Dionne added: "In a democracy, the electorate is supposed to pick the politicians. With these laws, politicians are shaping their electorates."