Kris Kobach, the Man Charged With Enhancing Americans’ Confidence in Elections, Says That We May Never Know Who Won The Election

Roughly half of voters who said they voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election believe that he won the popular vote, according to a new poll from POLITICO/Morning Consult. The poll started on July 20, coincidentally just one day after the first meeting of the Election Integrity Commission. During the meeting, President Trump questioned why dozens of states have partially or fully rejected the commission’s request for sensitive data on every voter in the country.

"What are they worried about?” he asked. “There’s something. There always is.”

But in fact, states have already told the president and commission what they are worried about. Delaware worries that the commission is “a disingenuous and inappropriate campaign against one of the nation’s foundational institutions.” Kentucky gauges that the commission is “at best a waste of taxpayer money and at worst an attempt to legitimize voter suppression efforts across the country.” Pennsylvania has “serious reservations about the true intentions of this effort in light of the false statements this administration has made regarding voting integrity, the historical suppression of voting rights, and the way that such data has been used in the past.”

And then there’s also the matter of the commission’s vice chair Kris Kobach. He has a lengthy voter suppression record, which should be enough to cause anxiety for anyone who wants to protect the right to vote.

As Kansas’ secretary of state, Kobach launched an effort in 2011 to enforce one of the strictest registration standards in the country, which had blocked 18,000 eligible Kansans from registering to vote. The ACLU sued — and won. Kobach was then ordered to process the 18,000 voter applications. In the ruling, U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson found “the sheer magnitude of potentially disenfranchised voters impacted by the Documentary Proof of Citizenship law and enforcement scheme cannot be justified by the scant evidence of noncitizen voter fraud.” She pointed out that the state had identified only three illegal voters and a handful of illegal registrants from 2000 to 2013.

Reality hasn’t stopped Kobach from peddling the false premise that voter fraud is a serious election menace. In 2015, he successfully lobbied the state legislature for prosecutorial power, allowing him to pursue allegations of voter fraud in court, which made him the only secretary of state in the country with this authority. At the time, Kobach said he had identified more than 100 possible cases of double voting, or voting in two states. Two years later, he has secured nine convictions, most of them involving older registered Republicans.

None of them involved in-person impersonation. Eight of the nine cases involved double voting. August L. Wilson spent 18 months fighting Kobach’s charge and paid more than $50,000 in legal fees for what he describes as “an honest mistake.” Just one case dealt with a noncitizen voting: He was in the process of naturalization at the time and is now a U.S. citizen.

On his radio show, Kobach admitted that he was only able to find just one or two possible cases of in-person voter fraud, the very type of fraud that politicians like to cite in order to justify voter ID laws, in Kansas over a 13 year period.

Despite failing to find “rampant” voter fraud in his own backyard, Kobach continues to insist it’s a nationwide problem. He also continues to sow doubt in the public about the results of the election. Just after the commission’s first meeting, he told NBC News’ Katy Tur that Americans “may never know” if Hillary Clinton won the 2016 popular vote. When Tur asked whether the votes for Donald Trump were also in question, Kobach answered, “absolutely.”

Hillary Clinton won the 2016 popular vote by more than 2 million votes. Donald Trump won the Electoral College by 77 votes. A refusal to accept these facts would be alarming from any elected official, but it is outrageous coming from the person who has been given the mission to “enhance the American people’s confidence in the integrity of the voting processes used in Federal elections.”

Kris Kobach is not seeking to bolster anyone’s confidence in American elections by falsely claiming that we may never know who received more votes. Instead, he is furthering his voter suppression agenda. By falsely claiming that large numbers of noncitizens are voting in elections and that people are double voting en masse, the commission will have a pretext to push for voter purges, restrictive voting laws, and burdensome registration standards.

Make no mistake: Kris Kobach tried to suppress the vote in Kansas with disastrous results. And now he wants to take his campaign nationwide.

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FYI

Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by almost THREE (3) million votes, not two.

Anonymous

Which means nothing.

HawkAtreides

@Anon: It certainly means a lot to Trump and his cronies, who are willing to slander citizens to claim that the popular vote was only won via illegal voting and who claim that we must, moving forward, enact further measures that would suppress the vote. Sure, the vote tally may not have anything to do with the electoral outcome, but Trump has an obsession with making people believe his portion is larger than it really is, much like the size of his inauguration crowd, his electoral college vote total, his real wealth, and his hands.

Heidi Harris

If people are going to continue to claim Hillary won, and the Russians hacked our voting system... we need to audit and secure our voting institutions and determine how extensive the problem is. States should comply in order to protect our democracy.

Anonymous

Very good, I agree!

berta peterson smith

Heidi, no one is claiming that Clinton WON, just that she won the popular vote. there is a difference! nor do I recall a claim that Russians hacked our voting systems. instead it was the hacking of other systems and the revelation of supposed damaging info re Clinton. there is no correlation between these facts and the revelation of the americans voting information. our registration and personal info can produce no legit info

Craig C

And now you have 45,000 people who voted twice and 15,000 at ineligible addresses. Why is it that the liberals think only the Dems commit voter fraud?

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/24/study-8471-cases-doub...

http://g-a-i.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Voter-Fraud-Final-with-Appen...

Anonymous

Briebart news hahaha

MaryK

Breitbart? Really? You expect us to trust that source, especially when Steven Bannon was/is in charge of it? Ummmm, no.

Number cruncher

OK, Craig, I'll play along.

According to the "nonpartisan Government Accountability Institute (GAI), which was cofounded by Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer and former Breitbart Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon, analyzed data from 21 U.S. states and found that 7,271 ballots were cast in more than one state by individuals with the identical first and last name, middle initial, birthdate, and partial Social Security number. Another 1,200 double votes meeting the same criteria were detected within the same state."

Since these numbers come from only 21 of the 50 states, we need to extrapolate to see where we might stand with all 50 states. If 21 states produced 7,271 fraudulent ballots, by the same proportion of fraudulent voting 50 states would produce 17,312 fraudulent ballots. If 21 states produced 1,200 in-state double votes, by the same proportion 50 states would produce 2,857 double votes. That makes an extrapolated fraudulent vote total 20,169.

Now let's look at how many people voted for president in 2016; the total appears to be 129,085,403. So if there were 20,169 fraudulent votes, it means that roughly 0.0156% (20,169 divided by 129,085,403) were invalid and shouldn't have been counted. That's right: according to the "nonpartisan" GAI, fraudulent voting that makes people like you doubt the fairness of the last election appears not to amount to just under 1% of the vote, or just under one tenth of 1% of the vote, but to about 15 one hundredths of 1% of the vote.

Even if we assume that all 20,169 voters voted fraudulently for Hillary Clinton, subtracting them from her 65,845,063 total would make no appreciable difference in her 2,864,903 vote margin over Donald Trump.

She would still have won the popular vote, lost the electoral college, and Donald Trump would still be president.

But by all means, let's spend millions hunting for every last fraudulent and double voter out there. And while we're at it, let's be sure to publicize how many of them were illegal immigrants that in all likelihood were bused in by the Clinton campaign.

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