Kansas House Bill 2210 is frightening.
The bill would forbid voters from changing parties in the election year on or after a candidates filing deadline until after the certification of primary results, which would be from June 1 to September 1.
Support for the bill came from the office of Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
U.S. citizens of this country and Kansans should have the right to vote, the right to change their minds, and a right to choose the candidate they think best fills the position.
Currently, the law allows voters to change parties up to 14 days prior to the August primary. The next state primary election is Aug. 5, 2014.
According to the Legislative Research Department supplemental notes, “The bill was introduced by the House Committee on Elections. Representative Esau testified in support of the bill, citing its benefits in protecting the integrity of each party from undue influence of other parties, reducing the workload of election offices during the busiest time of the election cycle, and contributing to accurate analysis of election results.”
Who does it benefit to contribute to accurate analysis of election results? Not voters that’s for sure. Plus, in today’s computer world, changing party affiliation does not unduly occupy election offices.
Sometimes, in the state of Kansas, there are only candidates in one party, and if an individual wants to vote to choose who is in office, residents have to register in the party that has candidates.
These mid-term elections suffer from low voter turnout anyway and this bill will reduce the number of eligible voters if there are no candidates in one’s political party.
This bill is akin to barring women from voting. Women did not have the guaranteed right to vote until 1920. Until then, many of those in control said that women really didn’t want to vote and they were not really qualified to vote anyway.
On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified by 36 states, thus allowing about half of the population to vote.
This bill sends the same pre-1920s message.
This is an attempt to control the voters of Kansas.
Karen La Pierre