Voter-registration bill back from the dead

Secretary of State Kris Kobach is still trying to rush into place a law requiring proof of citizenship for voter registration. A bill changing the date when the law goes into effect from next January to this June 15 didn’t make it out of a Senate committee, effectively killing it. But like a monster from a bad horror movie, the measure if alive again, as some House members replaced the contents of an unrelated Senate bill with Kobach’s plan. Voting-rights advocates contend that the bill is aimed at suppressing voter turnout and accuse Kobach of resorting to “shady gut-and-go tactics.” But Kobach defended the procedural move as common. “This is an acceptable alternative, and it would allow each senator to vote on this issue,” he told the Lawrence Journal-World.