Republican Faces Hostile Questioning on His Voter Suppression at Wichita, Kansas Meeting

Members of the audience complained that long waits at driver’s license stations made it difficult for people to get photo ID and discouraged people from trying. Some audience members who had tried to get ID complained about receiving bad information from local election officials and driver’s license stations that didn’t know the new laws.

Asked by one audience member how the new laws came about, Kobach said lawmakers voted for them by an overwhelming majority in the Legislature.

…One audience member accused Kobach of coming to office looking to suppress voters and shouted at Kobach when he tried to respond.

When someone argued that the laws make voting harder, Kobach said voter turnout was higher than normal at elections that have been held under portions of the new laws this year.

One man said he was troubled more by the hassle and inconvenience the new laws will cause, resulting in voter suppression, than by a few fraudulent voters.

He received applause when he said, “It’s not the job of government to mess people up and dictate to us. It’s to facilitate and serve the people, and it’s about time the Kansas government started doing that and make this stuff go away.”

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