KanVote Speaks Out Against Kobach's Voting Policies


Topeka, Kan. (WIBW)-A voting advocacy coalition spoke out at the Statehouse Tuesday in hopes to create change in Secretary of State Kris Kobach's voting policies.

Several members from KanVote are hoping their stories will make an impact so that Governor Brownback, Attorney General Schmidt, and Secretary of State Kris Kobach will provide a solution to what they are calling a "voting crisis."

Members of KanVote stood outside Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office holding signs in hopes to enforce a change in voting rights.

Louis Goseland, the Campaign Director for KanVote, spoke at the Statehouse Tuesday to express why he disagrees with Kobach's
voting policies.

"Since the beginning of this year, 1 in every 3 Kansas voter registrations has been put on suspended status.
This is a voting crisis!" says Goseland.

The Kansas Legislature passed the Secure and Fair Elections Act in 2011 which says all voters must provide proof of US citizenship.

"This proof of citizenship is the real danger, in the S.A.F.E act, as we have seen over 700 Kansans were turned away at the polls due to voter I.D., but now we have had 15,000 Kansans turned back from voter registration," says Goseland.

Members from the voting advocacy coalition also rallied outside the Attorney General's office. They say all they want is for their voices to be heard.

"Attorney General Derek Schmidt has done next to nothing to give an opinion," says Goseland.

"We are not bad people, we just want to express our views under the Constitution, we thought we had those," says KanVote member, Gwen Wolf from Olathe.

13 News tried speaking with Kobach's staff. The Secretary of State Director of Public Affairs and Legal Publications Kay Curtis is choosing not to comment.

In 2012, KanVote members signed a petition demanding Kobach to resign.


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