If GOP secretary of state candidate Kris Kobach (in photo) wanted to highlight a case of a dead man voting, he should have made sure his facts were right. Instead, Kobach focused Thursday on the case of the allegedly dead Alfred K. Brewer, whom The Eagle found to be alive, 78 and raking leaves in Wichita. Kobach is right that some deceased Kansans remain among the 1.7 million registered voters — an ongoing and acknowledged challenge for all election officials complicated by federal law. But as is his habit, Kobach overstates the threat that such deceased voters pose to the integrity of Kansas elections. And the remedies he proposes to address the overblown threat sound costly, complicated — and, frankly, designed to deter legitimate voters rather than encourage more to participate.
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