This week I joined the Communist Party — at least according to Kris Kobach, Kansas secretary of state.
All I really did was join the Kansas League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan organization whose goal is to encourage the exercise of this most precious of rights. Filling out the form, no questions were asked about whether I belong to a political party.
Even so, Kobach labeled the group of predominantly white-haired ladies as “communists” when addressing the 2016 state convention of Republicans. Seems the LWV have kicked open a hornet’s nest with their efforts to get out the vote — the very thing Kobach is trying to suppress. This week he’s been in federal court defending a 2013 Kansas law that requires proof of citizenship in order to vote. Kobach maintains voter fraud is rampant. In opposition, the League, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, says the extra paperwork is an unnecessary turnoff to prospective voters.
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