Kobach needs to back off

Local election officials aren’t keen on moving up the date when Kansans will have to start showing proof of citizenship to register to vote — from January 2013 to next March — as Secretary of State Kris Kobach wants. Faith, labor and civil rights leaders are organizing to try to block the accelerated deadline. Most significantly, the state’s GOP-led Legislature told Kobach “no” twice on this point, once when it passed his voter ID law in March and again in May. Kobach needs to respect the Legislature and these stakeholders and back off for 2012.