Last week, I introduced the Free State Elections Act (House Bill 2538, and Senate Bill 326) that would lift the burdensome birth certificate requirement, allow for voting day registration and end the Crosscheck program. The right of every person, no matter where in Kansas they live, to have equal access to the voting booth on election day is a right that should in no way be infringed.
Voter fraud, which the Kobach GOP claims is a rampant problem, is actually nothing of the sort. In the entirety of the 2016 elections, there were approximately 135 million votes cast, and only four confirmed cases of voter fraud. So why has the GOP, and in particular Kris Kobach, been lying to you? Because they seek to disenfranchise large blocks of voters – particularly African-Americans – in order to ensure fewer people can vote, which is how many Republicans win elections.
The aforementioned Crosscheck – which shares voter data between the 28 states that participate in the program – succumbed to a security breach last week, releasing the private information of thousands of voters (including my own). This predictable and horrendous breach of privacy must no longer be allowed. This system gets it wrong 99 percent of the time (literally) and too often removes lawfully registered voters from its rolls because it confuses two people with identical names and birthdates.
The Illinois State Legislature is on its way to revoking the state’s membership in Crosscheck. Kansas should do the same. Supporting fair and equal elections are truly the minimum requirement of our government entities. I am dedicated to forwarding these rights and to restore the trust in our election process through The Free State Elections Act.