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Mar 12, 2018

Sum-Up: Kobach’s Team Stumbles To Defend Voting Law

The big news last week came from the Kris Kobach trial unfolding in Kansas, which deals with whether or not the state can require voters to present proof of citizenship when registering to vote. Kobach, the state’s secretary of state and a key member of Trump’s now-disbanded voter fraud commission, is representing himself, and has lined up as experts a bevy of the right’s most outspoken advocates for restrictive voting laws. If Kobach and his allies prevail, it could pave the way for the GOP to push similar laws across the country. The case is subjecting a number of conservative assertions about voter fraud, and about how common of an occurrence it is, to legal scrutiny. For instance, it saw Judge Julie Robinson skeptically question Hans von Spakovsky, a former FEC commissioner and leading advocate of restrictive voting laws, about the definition of “fraud” and whether, under his definition, restrictive voting laws could be considered their own form of fraud. Kobach so…

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