A key lawmaker in Topeka appears to be blocking a vote on a controversial Kansas voter I-D law. Secretary of State Kris Kobach has been pushing to fast-track the voter I-D law in Kansas to get it in place for the November elections. “The Senate Ethics and Elections Standing Committee will not be meeting again this year,” wrote State Senator Terrie Huntington of Fairway. Huntington’s committee listened to arguments this week regarding the fast-track of voter I-D. The committee has questions about the state being ready to administer voter I-D at this time.
“Senate Ethics and Elections met this week,” writes Huntington, “the last possible week to meet, for the purpose of learning about the viability of the computer system that would transfer birth certificate information from local DMV offices to the Secretary of State’s Office…”
KANVOTE, a group in Wichita talked to Senate Ethics and Elections members this week in Topeka, sharply criticizing Secretary of State Kris Kobach. “We are not ready for proof of citizenship,” said Louis Goseland with KANVOTE. “And the man who is supposed to ready us for these new, stringent requirements has not made that his priority.”