Standard Radical Right Foul Play
Posted on July 14, 2016
Even though a federal judge held it to be illegal, and even though it has no basis in statutory law, Tuesday a Republican-dominated legislative committee adopted a special rule disenfranchising 17,000 Kansas voters from state but not federal elections. So we will need 2 kinds of ballots and 2 kinds of counting process. The rule applies only to the current two elections (primary plus general). It was adopted on the last possible day so as to minimize chances of a court challenge.
The whole point, of course, is to withstand the counterreaction to Browbackistan. The 17,000 lost votes are disproportionately Democrats and Independents, by design. The details on how this works are technical, but here is an example: women are much more likely than men to vote against Brownbackistan, and one the rules makes it much harder to register if you ever changed your name.