Kris Kobach On The Issues
In years past, some voters have treated the Secretary of State’s election as an afterthought—viewing the office as peripheral to what they really care about. However, in 2010 the choice of Kansas’s Secretary of State will have unprecedented consequences.
1. Stopping Voter Fraud
Voter fraud is a very real problem in Kansas. Election crimes have been documented across the state—from fraudulent registrations, to vote-by-mail fraud. As the activities of ACORN have demonstrated, organizations that promote voter fraud have burrowed into every corner of our country. In Kansas, the illegal registration of alien voters has become pervasive.
The problem is only going to get worse, unless the country’s secretaries of state take the necessary steps to protect the integrity of our elections. The threat is real, and time is short.
2. Guaranteeing Voter Access
Just as important as the honesty of elections is the accessibility of elections. Every legally-eligible voter must be able to vote. Unfortunately that is not always the case. I am appalled that members of the U.S. military often face significant obstacles in exercising their right to vote—the very right that they are risking their lives to protect in other countries. I will do everything possible to eliminate such obstacles.
3. Improving Civics Education
As a law professor, I see a wide spectrum of civics education. Some students come to law school with a thorough understanding of our country’s history and institutions. Others come woefully unprepared. The office of Secretary of State is uniquely positioned to address this issue. Education is a lifelong passion of mine; and I will use the office to engage a new generation of citizens in Kansas.
Finally, I believe strongly in leading with a servant’s heart. I can think of no greater privilege than serving the people of Kansas as their next Secretary of State. I ask you for your support.