Poor Kris Kobach. Every time he gets information purporting to show the widespread voter fraud he’s looking for as vice chairman of President Donald Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, it turns out to be bogus. It’s almost as if widespread voter fraud is a myth.
Which, of course, it is. Expecting to lose last November’s election, Trump ginned up outrage over a “rigged” system. When he won the electoral vote but lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, he claimed he would have won that, too, “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”
It’s as if Trump thinks Bigfoot is real and appointed Vice President Mike Pence and Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, as co-chairs of the new commission and told them to go find evidence.
At that first meeting, Kobach cited a report from the Heritage Foundation that claimed to have found 1,070 instances of voter fraud. In fact, as the Brennan Center for Justice reports, it did no such thing. Its very failure proves the absurdity of its claim.
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Kobach’s commission has entertained a possible requirement of background checks for voters, similar to those performed on gun buyers.
As Kobach prepared for the commission’s second meeting on Tuesday, he was presented with another bogus voter fraud study, this one from New Hampshire. Kobach wrote about it last week in his most recent (paid) column for the alt-right website Breitbart.com:
“Facts have come to light that indicate that a pivotal, close election was likely changed through voter fraud on November 8, 2016: New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate Seat, and perhaps also New Hampshire’s four electoral college votes in the presidential election.”
Kobach’s allies in New Hampshire relayed information that some 5,300 people who voted in that election registered to vote using out-of-state IDs.
New Hampshire allows same-day voting for people (students, for example) who live in New Hampshire but don’t have state IDs. Most of the 5,300 questioned votes came from college towns.
There are legitimate questions about the November election’s integrity. The Russians interfered with it, buying Facebook ads. If Kobach were serious, that’s where he’d devote his attention.