Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sam Brownback joins Kris Kobach in vowing to fight non-existent voter fraud

Posted By on Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 6:00 AM

Sam Brownback (R-Kobach's Fantasyland)
  • Sam Brownback (R-Kobach's Fantasyland)
Sam Brownback (R-Kobach's Fantasyland)
For months, illegal immigration crusader and Secretary of State candidate Kris Kobach has been vowing to spend Kansas's money on a system to stop illegal immigrants from voting, despite the fact that there exists no evidence of illegal immigrants affecting the outcome of elections here or anywhere else.

Until now, we could hope that common-sense Kansas would resist Kobach's clever sales pitch and avoid spending money it doesn't have on stopping a problem that doesn't exist. But eventual Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced today that he too would support requiring proof of citizenship at the polls -- because, you know, illegal immigrants just love to show up at government buildings where there's lots of paperwork to fill out.



Kobach has based his entire campaign on voter fraud, a clever attempt to tie the relatively uninteresting office he's running for to the hot-button issue that has defined his rise to political relativity: illegal immigration.

Voter fraud -- actual unregistered voters casting ballots that are counted in elections -- is incredibly rare, and voter fraud among illegal immigrants is basically nonexistent. Meanwhile, fighting voter fraud does more to disenfranchise legal voters than it does to deter illegal ones.

But "voter fraud" helps make a sexy campaign slogan, and once he's elected Kobach will be able to use it to continue connecting himself to his pet issue. He will scour his voter rolls and find three undocumented aliens -- who would never have been able to cast ballots anyway, but who will become the poster children for Kobach's campaign to whitewash America.

Whether or not anyone would join him in fighting the nonexistent problem was until today unclear. But then Brownback said this ...

"We

want as much trust and confidence in our state's elections as

possible. This will help reduce instances of

voter fraud."

... and it became obvious that logic and facts and financial prudence are not likely to stop Kansas from pursuing costly and unnecessary voter ID legislation, all in the name of propelling Kris Kobach further into the national spotlight. Yay.

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