By Hans A. von Spakovsky
As the 2012 primary season rapidly approaches, it is good to see states taking steps necessary to improve the security and integrity of the election process.
One big step in the right direction will come on April 18 when Republican Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas is expected to sign into law HB 2067, one of the best examples of common sense election reforms.
HB 2067 was the brain child of Kris Kobach, Kansas’ new secretary of state. A very smart lawyer who worked for U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft at the Justice Department, Kobach gained national attention last year for helping members of the Arizona Legislature draft their immigration bill. Now he has turned his talents to improving election procedures.
The Kansas bill requires individuals to present photo ID when voting at the polls on Election Day. Similar provisions in Georgia and Indiana have been upheld by state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.