Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach promoted Kansas’ new voter ID law in a commentary in today’s Wall Street Journal, noting how the law is stricter than any other state’s and how it was “drafted by my office.” Kobach wrote that “in Kansas, 221 incidents of voter fraud were reported between 1997 and 2010.” He didn’t clarify that these were claims of fraud, not actual violations. Sedgwick County officials reviewed the local claims and determined that nearly all of them were either groundless or were honest mistakes by voters and their families, not fraud. Kobach also emphasized how “fear that elections are being stolen erodes the legitimacy of our government.” But whose fault it that? Kobach scares people into believing there is rampant voter fraud, then uses that fear to justify new laws.
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