Kobach Pitched Rolling Back Voting Rights Law Day After Trump’s Election

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach announces that Democrat Chad Taylor would have to remain on the Nov. 4 ballot because he had failed to declare that he would be unable to service if elected, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2... Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach announces that Democrat Chad Taylor would have to remain on the Nov. 4 ballot because he had failed to declare that he would be unable to service if elected, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/The Topeka Capital Journal, Thad Allton) MORE LESS
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An email chain released as part of litigation around Kansas’ proof-of-citizenship voter registration requirement confirmed what many suspected to be Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s (R) long-term goal in partnering with President Trump’s administration.

The email chain, first published Saturday by the Huffington Post, reveals that Kobach emailed Trump’s transition team the day after Trump’s surprise victory informing transition member Gene Hamilton that he was working on draft “amendments to the [National Voter Registration Act] to make clear that proof of citizenship requirements are permitted” to submit as legislation to Congress.

The NVRA is also known as the “Motor Voter Law,” and it sought to streamline the process by which eligible voters can register at DMVs and other government agencies. It has been an obstacle in Kobach’s attempts to implement a proof-of-citizenship requirement in his state and courts have ruled against him multiple times.

The email chain was released to the ACLU on Friday as part of its legal challenge against Kansas’ proof-of-citizenship requirement.

Non-citizen voting has been found to be extremely rare, and civil rights groups like the ACLU argue that such requirements place a disproportionate burden on poor, minority and older voters, who are less likely to have handy the necessary documents.

Not long after the email was sent in November, Kobach was photographed alongside then-President Elect Trump holding an outline that appeared to be proposing an amendment to the NVRA:

The revelation comes as Kobach is also vice chairing Trump’s shady “elections integrity” commission. Voting rights experts worry that the commission, which is scheduled to meet for the first time this week, will seek to justify Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that millions voted illegally in 2016 and, in turn, use those claims as a pretext to push laws that roll back voting rights.

“I think the email is wholly unsurprising,” Justin Levitt, an elections expert at Loyola Law School who previously served in President Obama’s Justice Department, told the Washington Post.”I won’t be shocked as more proof emerges that the cake is already baked.”

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  1. I’m shocked! This sleazeball wants to roll back rights rather than protect the “integrity” of the process?

  2. Is dickhead one word or two words (dick head)?

  3. Both versions are totally appropriate and correct.

  4. Avatar for tsp tsp says:

    Shorter Kris Kobach: Constitutional Rights are void for all citizens without first registering with full proof of citizenship beforehand with the Republican authorities. All residents failing to register for their exercise of Constitutional Rights will be considered to be Islamist illegal aliens, and thus will be deported to Mexico immediately.

  5. “As Whites see their power and control over their lives declining, will they simply go quietly into the night? Or will there be an explosion?” – FAIR founder and board member John Tanton

    “I blame ninety-eight percent of responsibility for this country’s immigration crisis on Ted Kennedy and his political allies, who decided some time back in 1958, earlier perhaps, that immigration was a great way to retaliate against Anglo-Saxon dominance” – FAIR President Dan Stein

    “Immigrants don’t come all church-loving, freedom-loving, God-fearing … Many of them hate America, hate everything that the United States stands for. Talk to some of these Central Americans.” – FAIR President Dan Stein

    Kris Kobach: activist member of FAIR.

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