(TOPEKA, Kan.) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach wants legislators to give his office new power to prosecute election fraud and to increase the penalties for violating election laws.
Kobach outlined his proposed Safe and Fair Elections Act during a news conference Tuesday.
- The bill would require voters to produce a valid government-issued picture ID when casting a ballot. Those in poverty could get a non-driver's ID at no cost.
- Anyone applying for a mail-in ballot must show his or her driver's license number, non-driver's ID number or submit a photocopy of one of the documents.
- No advance voting ballot could be mailed unless the person's signature on the request is checked with the signature on file with his or her county.
- The bill also requires anyone registering to vote submit proof of citizenship including a driver's license, birth certificate or passport.
- If you are already registered to vote, you won't have to re-register but you will have to show ID when voting.
The Republican secretary of state says his goal is to give Kansas the toughest laws on election fraud of any state. Kobach has long promised to pursue laws on photo ID and proof of citizenship.