Republicans are lying bull sh***ers when they say they want to protect the integrity of elections and make sure every vote counts. Don't they always say, one stolen vote is one too many. I guess they weren't talking specifically about just throwing votes away for the heck of it.
Welcome to Kansas, where Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach is about to steal away the vote of citizens who did everything right. Breathtakingly defiant of a court order, upwards of 50,000 voters could get their ballots tossed. ABC News:
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is planning (according to an email he sent out) to use provisional ballots during the upcoming elections and then throw out all of the votes for state and local races cast by the thousands of voters who register to vote at motor vehicle offices without providing proof of citizenship … in the wake of a federal court order requiring Kansas to allow these voters to cast ballots at least in the federal races.Party of law and order, freedom and liberty, defenders of the Constitution, who constantly remind us that it's a "republic" (power is explicitly vested in the people, who in turn exercise their power through elected representatives) but are always trying to take our votes away. Nice con if you're allowed to get away with it.
Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis found Kansas law does not allow Kobach to implement a bifurcated voter registration system … Kobach's planned response "flies in the face" of the decision, said ... the ACLU of Kansas.
Kobach (will) allow election officials to go back into those provisional ballots and throw out any votes cast in state and local races and count only votes cast for president and U.S. Senate and House … estimated to affect as many as 50,000 who registered to vote when they got their driver's licenses without providing the citizenship documentation.
U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson noted in her decision last month that the evidence shows only three instances in Kansas where noncitizens voted in a federal election between 1995 and 2013, and about 14 noncitizens confused about their eligibility who attempted to register during that period.