Kansas adopted a voter ID mandate in 2011, requiring all voters in the state to show a picture ID. But not everyone is pleased with the measure, notes The Topeka Capital-Journal. Last week a law professor from the University of Kansas and Secretary of State Kris Kobach clashed over the measure. The two sharply disagreed over the likelihood that illegal immigrants would come out of hiding and risk arrest in order to vote.
Professor Mark Johnson called the alleged phenomenon of people in the country illegally trying to vote a “red herring.” Kobach, however, insisted that undocumented individuals often try to vote illegally.
Skeptics of the reform agenda have accused Kobach of trying to make voting more difficult for certain groups. These include the elderly, the poor and minority voters—demographics often aligned with the Democratic Party.