Kris Kobach on Government Reform
Found in contempt for checking voter citizenship to register
A federal judge has struck down a Kansas voter citizenship law that Secretary of State Kris Kobach had personally defended. The judge also ordered Kobach, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor, to take more hours of continuing legal
education after he was found in contempt and was frequently chided during the trial over missteps.
In an 118-page ruling, the judge ordered a halt to the state's requirement that people provide proof of citizenship in order to register to vote.
The decision holds the potential to make registration easier as the August and November elections approach.
Kobach was ordered not to enforce the proof of citizenship law and its accompanying regulations.
Kobach's office said he will appeal the ruling. At trial, Kobach said the law was working. Since 2000, 129 non-citizens have either registered or attempted to register. Many of them were blocked from registering by the proof of citizenship law, he said.
Source: Wichita Eagle on 2018 Kansas gubernatorial race
, Jun 18, 2018
Contempt of court for blocking new voter registration
US District Judge Julie Robinson ruled Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was in contempt of court for failing to comply with her orders in a lawsuit over the state's voter registration law. Robinson ordered Kobach to pay for attorney fees to the ACLU
for litigating the contempt motion.
Kobach's office refused to update language on its website suggesting that new voter applicants may not be able to vote after November 2016 elections. Kobach also failed to follow through on a promise to Robinson that
counties would send postcards notifying voters they could participate in elections, even if they failed to show a birth certificate or other documents when they registered.
Kobach for years has championed the need for strict voter registration laws as
a way of keeping noncitizens from voting. As a candidate, Kobach rallies supporters by telling them he likes makes the ACLU unhappy. "As soon as the ACLU sues, I know we have made the right decision," Kobach said during a debate last week.
Source: Topeka Capital-Journal on 2018 Kansas gubernatorial race
, Apr 12, 2018
Tighten restrictions on voting
Kobach has advocated for voter identification and proof of citizenship voter registration laws. He spoke at a 2015 writer's workshop organized by The Social Contract Press, which the Southern Poverty Law Center says is a white nationalist publisher.
Kobach described the Press in 2015 as "a think tank for pro-enforcement immigration policies" and said it was ridiculous that the Center viewed it and other opponents of illegal immigration as white nationalists.
Source: Wichita Eagle on 2018 Kansas Gubernatorial race
, Aug 16, 2017
Vice-chair of Presidential Commission on Election Integrity
Kentucky's Secretary of State said she will not comply with broad federal request for voter registration information. Alison Grimes said, "Not on my watch are we going to be turning over something that's left to the states to run--to the federal
government." Kentucky is among at least 24 states that have either wholly or in part rejected a request by the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity to hand over key voter registration information as part of its investigation into
President Trump's claims of widespread illegal voting.
The request, sent by the panel's vice chairman, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, asks states to provide voters' names, dates of birth, driver's license numbers and other information.
Source: The Hill on 2018 Kansas Governor race
, Jun 30, 2017
Fight widespread voter fraud with strict voting laws
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), who has championed some of the strictest voting laws in the nation, announced a campaign for governor. Kobach was recently appointed by President Donald Trump to serve as vice chairman of a new federal
commission that will investigate the prevalence of voter fraud.
During his 6-year tenure as secretary of state, Kobach has repeatedly made claims of widespread voter fraud. He crafted a law that requires Kansas voters to provide proof of citizenship,
such as a birth certificate or passport, to vote. He has so far secured nine convictions for election crimes.
Kobach has repeatedly said the law ensures the integrity of Kansas elections, but opponents, including the ACLU, say that the law makes
it harder for rightful voters to participate in elections.
The law blocked thousands of potential voters from participating in the state's last gubernatorial election, but it could not be fully enforced in 2016 under orders of federal and state judges.
Source: Kansas City Star on 2018 Kansas gubernatorial race
, Jun 8, 2017
Page last updated: Sep 23, 2018