January 14, 2022
KANSAS REPUBLICANS WASTE TIME ON NONEXISTENT VOTER FRAUD
Topeka, KS — Last session, Kansas Republicans prioritized on upholding former President Donald Trump’s Big Lie by passing a series of restrictive voting laws, even after their own Secretary of State Scott Schwab declared that Kansas’ election was safe, secure and free of fraud.
This session, Kansas Republicans are once again aimed to take up legislation that would make it harder to vote, continuing the sorry legacy of former Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who wasted nearly $2 million of Kansas’ taxpayer dollars on an unconstitutional lawsuit aimed to deny tens of thousands of Kansans the most fundamental right in our democracy. Once again, the concern remains that the Secretary of State Scott Schwab is encouraging illegal use of taxpayer dollars by attempting to purge valid voters from the rolls. Voter suppression laws are especially harmful to Kansas’ young adults, poor, elderly, students, and minorities — all of whom are just as entitled to the constitutional right to vote.
An article in The Topeka Capital-Journal suggested the Republican-dominated legislature stop wasting its time on nonexistent voter fraud, and instead focus on the issues that will actually improve the lives of Kansans, like passing Governor Laura Kelly’s Axe the Food Tax bill to eliminate the state’s high food sales tax, expanding Medicaid, or focusing on the COVID-19 response.
Key quotes from The Topeka Capital-Journal:
“Such laws have been introduced and passed in the name of “election integrity. Of course, election integrity is important. It’s essential to democracy. However, extensive research shows that election fraud is extremely rare — 0.0003%, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.”
“False allegations of fraudulent voting have consistently been repeated despite no evidence to support these claims. This has made it harder for eligible Kansans to participate in elections and has undermined free and fair access to the ballot box.”
“One pillar of democracy is the holding of free and fair elections that allow voters to choose their representatives. But voter suppression laws shift that power and allow for representatives to choose their voters by creating more barriers to the ballot box, especially among underrepresented groups.”
“The Legislature would better serve Kansans by not focusing their limited time and resources on repeatedly addressing voter fraud when it is virtually nonexistent and instead focusing on issues that would contribute to bettering Kansans’ quality of life, like COVID-19 response, Medicaid expansion and the elimination of the grocery tax, just to name a few.”
Read more on the full rankings from The Topeka Capital-Journal here.