Archive for Monday, March 19, 2018

Kobach pollster testifies that, based on his survey, most Kansas voters can prove citizenship

March 19, 2018


KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A pollster hired by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach testified Monday that a survey of 500 adults he conducted found just one person who couldn't produce a document proving U.S. citizenship.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported his testimony came on the seventh day of a federal bench trial challenging Kansas' proof-of-citizenship requirement.

Pollster Pat McFerron also acknowledged possible bias in his survey under questioning by an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson allowed McFerron to testify, even though he was not identified as an expert witness before the deadline that had been set by the judge.

McFerron is president of Cole Hargrave Snodgrass, a firm that primarily caters to Republican candidates. He was paid $9,000 for his survey.

One of the survey questions asked: "In 2011, because of evidence that aliens were registering and voting in Kansas elections, the Kansas Legislature passed a law requiring that people who register to vote for the first time must prove that they are United States citizens before they can become registered. Do you support or oppose this?"

Seventy-seven percent supported the law, 14 percent opposed, and 9 percent had no opinion.

Citing the wording of the survey question, ACLU attorney Neil Steiner asked whether it introduces bias into the survey. McFerron agreed it could.


Richard Heckler 1 month ago

VOTERS should have learned a lesson which is the republican party is not the same and is not fiscally responsible and has not been for about 37 years.

The Clinton's were hired more or less to take the demo party to the right.

Now we have a one party system appearing to be a two party system.

Fiscally Responsible Republicans may want to hold their noses and vote democrat and Green Party which is the fiscally and ethically smart choice. Why? The old school fiscally responsible republican party is dead.

The Koch/ALEC Dynasty wages war against republicans and democrats who appear not to do as told which means big dollars are being spent to replace them with bogus representatives.

Never forget it is this bogus GOP led by libertarian right wing politicians that has effectively rendered the USA bankrupt.

Richard Heckler 1 month ago

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

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

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.

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.

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

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 month ago

And people who move in from out of state? And that is about the most biased question I've seen in a survey.

Steve King 1 month ago

They didn't call me...but with 2.9 million people in Kansas, 500 seems like a super small sampling.

Carol Bowen 1 month ago

500 can be a good sample size. A lot depends on how they sampled. If they sampled with bias, no sample size would be large enough.

Bob Summers 1 month ago

Big whoop. Congenital Liberals are hateful folk. They are bitter clingers.

What is the surprise they hate people that fight their efforts of colluding with foreign nationals voter meddling?

Steve King 1 month ago

Conservatives, the takers. Look at the Red States. 8 of the 10 highest food stamps disbursements are in Red states. 95% of the poorest counties in the US are Conservative Republicans. Great thinks it's not working so well. Liberals, pay more taxes than conservatives. Sad them conservatives be.

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