"When Kris Kobach, Kansas’ aggressive secretary of state, convinced the state legislature to give him prosecutorial power to pursue voter fraud, he said it was necessary to root out tens of thousands of undocumented aliens who were voting as well as tens of thousands more who he claimed were voting in two states.
"Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to help lead a commission on voter fraud and suppression, a body he has promised to create since taking office nearly four months ago.
Kobach, who has gained national notoriety for his claims of widespread voter fraud, will serve as vice chair alongside Vice President Mike Pence, who will chair the commission.
Mark P. Johnson, a Kansas City attorney who has challenged Kansas’ proof of citizenship law, says he’s willing to give Kobach the benefit of the doubt.
"Constitutional law experts say the University of Kansas may have acted too quickly in publicly disciplining four cheerleaders linked to a social media post that some people interpreted as racist.
"[Over] the last eight years trust in the media had maintained a relatively steady level, around 40%-to-45% -- so a drop to 32% this year is significant," Mele wrote in an email. "I think not just NBC but the media as a whole needs to consider their role in this election cycle with the cold, clear eye normally reserved for outsiders.
"After months of defending controversial voting laws in federal and state court, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach debated the laws during a forum at the Dole Institute of Politics Tuesday night.
'The legislature makes popular decisions and that's why we have a judiciary that has to make the unpopular decision,' said Mark Johnson, adjunct professor of law at the University of Kansas.
Johnson also pointed out that current voting laws may prove to have an adverse effect on minority voting.
"Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach staked a claim Tuesday night as a national leader in voter security by championing adoption of laws requiring proof of citizenship to register, photograph identification to cast a ballot and mail-in ballot restrictions.
Lawyer Mark Johnson, sitting to Kobach’s right at the Dole Institute of Politics, said the Republican secretary of state was a central advocate for reform of voting law, undoubtedly popular, that ought to be declared unconstitutional for serving as a deterrent to participation in elections."
LAWRENCE — The Dole Institute of Politics announced today the addition of a Constitution Day program on voting rights featuring Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and KU Law adjunct professor Mark P. Johnson.
The annual Constitution Day program is titled “Protecting Election Integrity, Voter Suppression, or Something Else?” and will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13. It will feature a discussion between Johnson and Kobach on the Constitution and voting rights, including voter ID laws, proof of citizenship laws, the Interstate Crosscheck system and more. Stephen McAllister, KU Law professor and solicitor general of Kansas, will serve as the program’s moderator.
“Voting rights is in the news and in the courts all across the nation, and now it’s at the Dole Institute,” said Associate Director Barbara Ballard. “This exciting panel will discuss voting rights, and we know the public will want to attend and ask their questions as well.”
The event will be free, open to the public and located at the Dole Institute. It is co-sponsored by the KU School of Law.
The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics is dedicated to promoting political and civic participation as well as civil discourse in a bipartisan, philosophically balanced manner. It is located on KU’s West Campus and houses the Dole Archive and Special Collections. Through its robust public programming, congressional archive and museum, the Dole Institute strives to celebrate public serve and the legacy of U.S. Senator Bob Dole.
More information on all programs, as well as ongoing additions to the schedule, can be found on the Dole Institute’s website, www.doleinstitute.org.