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Editorial: Good riddance to Kobach group

January 5, 2018

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President Donald Trump made the right call in disbanding the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

The commission was a contrived creation from the start, and the decision to kill it is another blow to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s ongoing efforts to suppress voting in America.

Trump, who has said he believes illegal ballots are to blame for his being outpolled by Hillary Clinton by 2.8 million votes in the 2016 presidential election, created the commission last summer to investigate voting fraud. Trump pulled the plug on the commission after less than a year because of infighting among commission members, legal challenges to the commission’s efforts, and because several state officials refused to cooperate with commission requests for voter data.

“Many mostly Democrat States refused to hand over data from the 2016 Election to the Commission On Voter Fraud,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “They fought hard that the Commission not see their records or methods because they know that many people are voting illegally. System is rigged, must go to Voter I.D.”

His tweets aside, Trump’s decision to dissolve the commission means the administration no longer considers voter fraud a priority. That’s as it should be, as neither Trump nor anyone on the commission ever offered even a shred of evidence that there was widespread voting fraud that would necessitate changes.

That’s a setback for Kobach, who as the commission’s vice chairman stole most of the headlines. He tried to spin Trump’s Wednesday decision as simply a “tactical change,” noting that the commission’s initial findings would be forwarded to the Department of Homeland Security for review and any further action. But Kobach shouldn’t hold his breath waiting for action from DHS.

There simply isn’t any credible evidence that voter fraud is a significant problem. The Associated Press reported that a study by a Loyola Law School professor found that out of 1 billion votes cast in all American elections between 2000 and 2014, there were only 31 known cases of impersonation fraud.

Of course, proving election fraud was never the end goal for Kobach, who has put in place in Kansas the most restrictive voter registration and identification laws in the country. Critics argue the Kansas laws and others like them are aimed at suppressing turnout among groups that are most affected by the restrictions — the poor, young people, the elderly and recent immigrants. The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the Kansas laws, and the U.S. Court of Appeals has blocked the laws from being implemented until the case is litigated.

Though Kobach would like you to believe otherwise, Trump’s decision to dissolve the commission puts on hiatus Kobach’s efforts to take his voter ID laws national. Count that as a win for our democracy.

Comments

Ken Lassman 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks for taking a stand here. Voter suppression has unfortunately been an important strategy of the Republican party for decades, a shameful anti-democratic wolf under the sheepskin of preventing voter fraud, which has mysteriously never panned out to be true in significant numbers, even though the resulting voter suppression has been clearly documented.

Unfortunately Republicans have rewarded their best voter suppressors with positions of influence and power, with Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist being one of the most obvious beneficiaries: he began his career as a young lawyer in Arizona running Operation Eagle Eye, a voter suppression program that illegally intimidated voters at the polls by demanding that they read a passage out of a book in order to be able to cast their ballot. Rehnquist's efforts were rewarded by him being nominated to become Chief Justice and later cast the deciding vote that made it impossible for Al Gore to win over George W. Bush, who, like Trump, lost the popular vote.

That's not to say that Democrats have never suppressed Republican get-out-the-vote efforts, but anyone who designs strategies that result in disproportionate burdens and suppressed voter turnouts for entire demographic segments of the public like Kobach has consistently done should be called out as being anti-democratic. Thank you for doing just that.

Richard Heckler 4 months, 2 weeks ago

New Reporting Suggests the Trump Presidency Is Even Scarier and More Dysfunctional Than We Realized

The takeaway from the latest revelations is that a lot of Republicans who knew better have colluded—and still collude—to cover up Trump’s unfitness for office.

https://www.thenation.com/article/new-reporting-suggests-the-trump-presidency-is-even-scarier-and-more-dysfunctional-than-we-realized/

Richard Heckler 4 months, 2 weeks ago

The American Legislative Exchange Council will continue to push and promote voter suppression nationwide no matter what.

Who is pushing and funding voter suppression? Trump is a soldier....

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/report/alec-the-voice-of-corporate-special-interests-in-state-legislatures/#Voter

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/27/the_united_states_of_alec_bill

http://www.salon.com/2015/07/31/secrets_of_the_extreme_religious_right_inside_the_frightening_world_of_christian_reconstructionism/?source=newsletter

How many VOTERS been purged from the voting rolls?

Check your status frequently.

Voters PROTECT Your Right To Vote = ORGANIZE A VOTING DAY PACKET to include:

--- a drivers license or state ID card

--- Military Discharge Papers

--- Keep this packet close to protect your right to vote

Do it today in case it is discovered one or more of the above cannot be found. None of these are difficult to replace. But will take time.

Some believe voter suppression is effective. https://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed

ALEC conservatives are keeping American focused on immigrants voting illegally

HOWEVER there are not enough illegal immigrants registered to vote much less participate in the voting process to impact an election. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/01/koch-brothers-candidate-training-recruiting-aegis-strategic

The GOP is voting against YOUR voting rights ..........

Michael Kort 4 months, 2 weeks ago

He spent a small fortune to catch 15 voter fraud cases over 2 years,......mostly entitled or senile Republicas .

God only knows how many voters he kept from voting with his laws here in Kansas ! ?

It's the GOP looking out for individual rights,........ as usual ?........ NOT !

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