The fight over voting rights in America has returned to Kansas.
The American Civil Liberties Union has been a vocal critic of Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state and Republican candidate for governor who has championed stricter requirements for voters and alleged widespread election fraud that he’s been unable to prove.
Sunday evening, the group kicked off a 50-state “Let People Vote” campaign at the Lied Center in Lawrence, roughly a half hour from Kobach’s secretary of state’s office in Topeka.
Under Kobach, Kansas has put into law some of the most restrictive rules on the right to vote that exist anywhere in the country, said Micah Kubic, executive director of the ACLU of Kansas.
“This event is an important way of kicking off the national movement to defend voting rights in a place where it has been most under attack for the last six years,” Kubic said.
The ACLU of Kansas also organized the Kansas Coalition for Citizen Participation, which launched as part of the event.
The coalition’s platform calls for repealing Kobach’s election policies, expanding early voting, enacting election day registration, allowing for permanent advance voting and withdrawing from the crosscheck system, a data-sharing system used by Kansas and other states to try to identify voters who are registered in more than one state.