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The dishonesty of voter laws

A New York Times editorial criticized efforts by Kansas and other states to erect barriers to voting, calling out the architect of many of those strict new laws, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, for his baseless claims of voter fraud. And "instead of acknowledging the seriousness" of the administrative confusion that has suspended the voting rights of 17,000 Kansans until they produce proof of citizenship, the editorial noted, Kobach has called them "mostly casual registrants, many of whom do not intend to vote." The editorial concluded: "Kansas' law, like those the Justice Department has challenged, reveals the underlying dishonesty of voter ID laws. They have nothing to do with stopping the nonexistent threat of voter fraud and everything to do with making it harder for more eligible voters to register and vote."