Voter photo ID laws are good protection against fraud

By Kris Kobach | Washington Post

A Post editorial last month criticized Kansas’s Secure and Fair Elections Act, which was drafted by my office. The act requires that voters present photo identification when they vote in person, that absentee voters present full driver’s license numbers and have their signatures verified, and that voters present proof of citizenship at the time of registration.

The June 22 editorial also criticized other states that moved in this direction during their 2011 legislative sessions. Wisconsin, Texas, Tennessee, Alabama and South Carolina adopted photo ID requirements; Alabama also enacted a proof-of-citizenship requirement for registration similar to Kansas’s.

The editorial asserted that voter fraud is a “minuscule” problem and that I failed to show that any of the 221 incidents of voter fraud reported in Kansas between 1997 and 2010 resulted in convictions.

In fact, I presented this information to the Kansas legislature in January, and the numbers were extensively reported by the media. The 221 incidents of voter fraud included absentee ballot fraud, impersonation of another voter and other crimes. The vast majority of the cases were never investigated fully because Kansas county attorneys lack the time and resources to pursue voter fraud at the expense of other criminal investigations. Of the approximately 30 cases that were fully investigated, seven resulted in prosecutions. All seven yielded convictions.

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