Gov. Sam Brownback has three options when it comes to the rights of Kansas voters.
By Yael T. Abouhalkah
The Kansas City Star
• Option 1: Agreeing with Kansas Secretary of State and fellow Republican Kris Kobach, Brownback could say publicly that he fully supports the new law that has prohibited more than 13,000 Kansans from completing their voter registrations.
• Option 2: He could tell Kobach and others that hes appalled by how the law is being implemented and hell make sure its repealed, post-haste.
• Option 3: Finally, Brownback could take the meek, Im-not-really-a-leader path and say, meh, this is Kobachs worry.
And on Monday, Brownback unfortunately took option No. 3.
Of course, as a result, the governor essentially endorsed the route Kobach supports, which is to make it harder for eligible Kansans to exercise their right to vote. Its just that Brownback didnt want to go on record publicly supporting such a reprehensible approach to voters rights.
(For the record, Option No. 2 would have been the best approach if the governor really wanted to help Kansas voters.)
On Monday, Sam Brownback said he at least knew what was going on with the issue.
Well watch and review the process as its coming forward, but there is a constitutional officer thats in charge of that, Brownback said.
I dont expect Kobach to help those 13,000-plus Kansans, and now, Brownback apparently has crossed himself off the list of people willing to stand up for those voters.