From Secretary of State Kris Kobach:
Proof of Voter Citizenship Date Change
As reported by the Associated Press, the Kansas Senate Ethics and Elections committee refused to vote on whether to move forward, to June 15th, 2012, the implementation date requiring newly registered voters to provide evidence of citizenship. Moving the date forward would ensure protections would be in place before the primary and general elections later this year.
The Kansas Senate has used two excuses for not moving this bill forward. Both are illusory.
1. The DMV's computer system will not be able to transfer birth certificate images to the elections database before June 15, 2012. Secretary Kobach proposed an amendment to make this concern completely irrelevant by allowing the receipt of the birth certificates by DMV to be enough.
2. The Senate committee has claimed they simply ran out of time. If the Senate really wanted to protect Kansas's voter rolls, there are other legislative options available. For instance, the citizenship language is included in SB 17 which is currently on the floor of the House. Senators can support a motion to concur on this bill.
A group called Sunflower Community Action, and its alter egos KanVote and Kansans Count, have taken up ACORN's mantle here in Kansas. These groups are currently sending out massive e-mail blasts and calling Kansas Senators and telling them to reject SB 17. Please call Kansas Senators and tell them to protect our voter rolls against organizations that would seek to register non-citizens to vote in 2012.
The bottom line is that radical left-wing organizations in Kansas want to keep our voter rolls unprotected in the 2012 election cycle, and Secretary Kobach wants to keep our voter rolls clean. Please help him by calling your Senator and asking him or her to support SB 17, as amended by the House.
Kansans for Kobach
Connect with Benjamin Hodge at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, The Kansas Progress, and LibertyLinked. Hodge is President of the State and Local Reform Group of Kansas. He served as one of seven at-large trustees at Johnson County Community College from 2005-’09, a member of the Kansas House from 2007-’08, a delegate to the Kansas Republican Party from 2009-’10, and was founder of the Overland Park Republican Party in 2011. His public policy record is recognized by Americans for Prosperity, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, the Kansas Press Association, the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, the NRA, Kansans for Life, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).