Why Not Kobach?
Kansans believe in common sense. Kansans believe in doing the job you are hired to do. Kobach believes in complicated government requirements and thinks part-time effort for a full-time job is OK.
Kobach’s non-Kansan approach is reflected in how he views his job as Secretary of State. He sees it as a stepping stone to some sort of greater personal glory. Kansans pay Kobach $86,000 a year yet he does not view the job as full time. His focus is on issues and clients unrelated to the Secretary of State’s duties. He travels around the country as a lawyer representing other states, cities and individuals.
Kobach claims he represents all of these other clients on his “own time.” But the Secretary of State is a full-time professional position. It is not a 9 to 5 job where you come in and punch a clock. It requires your full professional energy. Yes, Kobach has his “own time” but he cannot have another professional job as a paid lawyer for clients around the country and claim that he is doing the job Kansans hired him to do. We as Republicans would be livid if a Democrat treated this office with such disinterest.
Beyond his part-time approach, Kobach has a decidedly non-Republican view of government. He is proud to have written a Fremont Nebraska city ordinance that requires all residents to “obtain an occupancy license” from the police and disclose their date of birth and full name of all residents. Everyone 18 or older must get their own permit from the police. He says he wants to help other cities adopt similar laws. What kind of Republican thinks it’s a good idea that we should all have to register with the police before we are allowed to rent a home?
Kobach pleaded with the Kansas legislature to give him prosecution powers so he could personally enforce voter fraud laws. Never mind that we have district attorneys and county prosecutors in every county who have been able to manage the law for more than 150 years. He wanted to enlarge the Secretary of State’s powers and office so he could do it his way. The Republican-controlled legislature found this as unnecessary and a duplication of services.
Kobach claims that there is wide-spread voter fraud including voting by illegal immigrants. Yet the only evidence he has provided is a list of 70 reported violations between 1997 and 2012. Some of these reports allege multiple incidents so Kobach claims 235. Eighteen of the 235 mention immigrants. Of those, only 5 “may” have voted. There were more than 10 million votes cast in Kansas between 1997 and 2012 and all Kobach has to support his claim of illegal immigrants stealing elections is 5 allegations or 0.00005% of votes cast.
While that seems to be a large number to Kobach, he views as insignificant the 17,000 to 20,000 Kansans who have tried to register but have not met the new hurdles placed between people and their right to vote because of Kobach's fear of illegal immigrants voting. Some have used the federal registration form. Many have used the state form but did not have their birth certificate or passport (most people don't carry those around). Whatever the cause, these Kansans are caught in voter purgatory with their registration "suspended" while Kobach views them as "procrastinators." Twenty thousand Kansas citizens denied their right to vote because five of the last ten million votes may have been voted by non citizens?
Kansans deserve better.