Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach keeps trying to push new ways to make it more difficult to register to vote in the state.
This time, a judge pushed back.
Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis last week said Kobach should not be allowed to operate a two-tier voting system in Kansas.
A 2013 state law backed by Kobach requires that people provide documents to prove their citizenship when they register to vote.
It’s part of Kobach’s longstanding campaign against phantom voting fraud in Kansas, something he’s used to great political advantage in his misguided attacks on immigrants in America.
However, federal forms don’t require proof of citizenship; instead, someone must swear they are a citizen.
Here’s Kobach’s fix for the situation.
He claims anyone registering to vote with federal forms will have their votes counted only for national offices, such as president and Congress. That essentially means they can’t vote in state and local races.
But Theis quite logically ruled that in Kansas, “a person is either registered to vote or he or she is not. By current Kansas law, registration, hence the right to vote, is not tied to the method of registration.”
The Theis ruling essentially means Kansans should be able to use the federal registration forms and have no restrictions on how their votes are counted.
Naturally, Kobach says he will appeal the ruling.
That’s too bad. He ought to drop his attempt to impose the two-tiered system.
Then he should do better at his real job: trying to make it easier for Kansans to register to vote and have a say in who leads their communities, the state and the nation.