It’s disappointing that GOP gubernatorial candidate Sam Brownback endorsed GOP secretary of state candidate Kris Kobach’s campaign to stop voter fraud — a virtually nonexistent problem in Kansas. Brownback said he would work with Kobach, if they are elected, to require Kansans to show proof of citizenship before registering to vote and to show a photograph identification card when casting a ballot. “This will help reduce instances of voter fraud,” Brownback said — even though there have been only seven cases of alleged fraud referred to local, state or federal authorities in five years, and only one of those cases was prosecuted. What is particularly disappointing is that Brownback, who has spoken movingly in the past about not demonizing illegal immigrants, associated himself with Kobach’s fearmongering claims about illegal immigrants voting.
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