Kris Kobach's embarrassing loss
The Kansas City Star
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach won’t get a chance to solve a problem that doesn’t exist, at least this year.
On Thursday, Kobach said his efforts to speed up requirements in a voter-identification law won’t get past the state Senate this session.
The “proof-of-citizenship rule” already is law, but doesn’t go into effect until Jan. 1, 2013. Kobach wanted to make it effective this June.
But Senate President Steve Morris stopped that effort; thank you, Mr. Morris, like Kobach a fellow Republican.
Kobach has claimed he wants to stop illegal aliens from voting in Kansas - a problem that doesn’t exist, because even Kobach’s own efforts have never been able to find more than a handful of people who have done that in a state where more than a million registered voters exist.
What a misplaced priority for a publicly paid servant.
But here’s a kicker that I found buried in the story:
“Morris noted that the state Division of Vehicles is undergoing a $40 million upgrade of the computer system that handles driver’s licenses. The new system is designed to allow division offices to transfer electronic copies of birth certificates and other records used by drivers to verify their citizenship to election officials.”
Wait a minute: This is the system that Kobach is counting on to help make sure people are really citizens of the United States - the state’s new computer system, which has been having problems in Johnson County and other parts of Kansas this week?
That computer system obviously is not up and running correctly in mid-May, even though Kobach wanted it to be enforcing a state law by mid-June.
This is just another example of an overzealous, prosecutorial and misguided approach by a secretary of state dedicated to trying to make it more difficult for legitimate people to vote.