Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has continued his push for his intended voting requirements, including a "proof of citizenship" document and a two-tiered voting system.
In an op-ed published on the website of KSAL this week, Kobach charges that the plan is necessary because of "rampant voter fraud" …
During Kansas' first territorial election in 1855.
The integrity of elections has been a crucial concern of Kansans since the birth of our state. More than any other state, Kansas was born in an atmosphere of rampant voter fraud. Our first territorial legislative election saw 4,908 fraudulent votes cast (mostly by Missourians). In the ensuing years, many Kansans put themselves at great risk in order to safeguard the integrity of elections.
"Recognizing the need to protect the fairness of elections, the Kansas (Wyandotte) Constitution, adopted in 1859, provided that every Kansas voter must be a United States citizen to cast a legal ballot. The Kansas Constitution also states that the Kansas legislature shall provide for “proper proofs,” or evidence, of the right to vote. It was that authority that the Kansas Legislature exercised during the 2011 legislative session, when it enacted the Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) Act, which I drafted.
Kobach also disputed an editorial that contends that he has found "only a handful of voter fraud cases," saying that in fact he presented 221 fraud cases to the state legislature in 2011.
What Kobach neglected to mention was that those 221 fraud cases were found over a period of thirteen years, averaging 17 cases a year.
This is Kobach's continued justification for having suspended the voting rights of at least 12,000 people. Which, contrary to Kobach's insistence, is indeed a "major problem."