Kansas and Arizona file response to request for stay in proof-of-citizenship voter registration case

Screenshot-15Tuesday was the deadline for the anti-immigrant Secretary of State of Kansas, Kris Kobach — the coauthor of Arizona’s Prop. 200 (2004) and SB 1070 (2010) — and Arizona’s Secretary of State, Ken “Birther” Bennett, to file their response to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and intervenor plaintiffs’ requests for a stay on appeal to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. States claim right to require documents to vote:

The states of Kansas and Arizona say they have a sovereign right to require proof of citizenship for voting residents of their states, even for federal elections.

The two states urged the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday to lift the [temporary] emergency stay it issued last week. The appeals court had halted a ruling from U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren requiring the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to modify its federal voter registration form for Kansas and Arizona residents.

Kansas claims the appeals court stay would force it to implement a burdensome dual election system, like the one in Arizona.

Under that system, voters who registered with the federal form can only vote in federal races, while those using the more stringent state registration forms can vote in all elections.

This is a bit of misreporting. Kansas and Arizona have never had such a “dual election system.” The “dual election system” is a scheme being threatened to be implemented by Tenther “states’ rights” sovereign citizens Kris Kobach and Ken “Birther” Bennett in contravention of any permanent stay order which may be issued by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals on appeal — they are threatening to defy the federal courts, and to deny U.S. citizens their franchise to vote in violation of the privileges and immunities guaranteed to U.S. citizens by the 14th Amendment. This will only lead to more litigation, and if not quickly resolved by the courts, to confusion in voting  in this year’s election.

I have previously posted that Arizona Secretary of State Ken “Birther” Bennett is proceeding with his unlawful plan and that county elections directors are currently preparing for such a “dual election system.” I find it shocking that the “lamesteam” media in Arizona is not reporting on Bennett’s “dual election system.”

Bennett supported HB 2305, the GOP Voter Suppression Act passed last year (since repealed), and now he is actively seeking to suppress the votes of U.S. citizens who registered to vote using the National Voter Registration form. His efforts at voter suppression should be a major issue in his campaign for governor.

One response to “Kansas and Arizona file response to request for stay in proof-of-citizenship voter registration case

  1. Frances Perkins

    Separate and unequal. Maybe Kansas can ignore the 13th Amendment within it borders, and Bennett can ignore the 20th within Arizona’s Borders. We need to show IDs to exercise all basic rights. Maybe an ID to go into a church, just to make sure you are a Believer in the true religion.