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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

How to Combat Vote Fraud

The problem of vote fraud has long been a big problem. Our whole system of "we the people" being sovereign, with laws made only by our elected representatives, depends on elections being honest, only U.S. citizens being allowed to vote, and ascertaining the identity of each voter so that we can be sure no one is voting more than once in the same election.

In most states, the top public official in charge of the conduct of elections is called the Secretary of State. Whether elections are conducted fairly in accord with the rules, how the registration of voters is handled, and preventing fraud in the use of absentee ballots or early voting are all matters that must be closely supervised.

The state of Kansas just elected a new Secretary of State, Kris Kobach. He was elected overwhelmingly after a campaign in which he made stopping voter fraud his number-one issue. He is now hard at work drafting voter-fraud legislation that he says will be the most comprehensive in the nation. His hope is to create a model with regard to eliminating voter fraud that can be used in other states. Kris Kobach is eminently qualified for this task. He was a professor of constitutional law at the University of Missouri law school in Kansas City. Kobach's plan for clean elections has three parts. He wants to require photo identification at the time of voting, to make proof of citizenship a requirement at the time of voter registration, and to streamline the enforcement process by allowing the state (not only counties) to prosecute voter-fraud cases.

Liberal groups are already forming to challenge Kobach's legislation, but he has the law and the public on his side. Indiana's voter-fraud law, which requires voters to show government-issued photo I.D. before they vote, has already been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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