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Kobach takes fearmongering to Capitol Hill

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach went to Washington, D.C., last week to join other states’ Republican election officials in sowing fear about noncitizen voting. Kobach testified to a House committee that “the problem of aliens registering to vote is a massive one, nationwide. And I have seen it firsthand in Kansas,” also warning that the Obama administration’s executive actions on immigration will lead to large numbers of illegal immigrants registering to vote. But back home in Kansas last week, the Associated Press reported on some push-back Kobach received last fall when he claimed he had referred voter-fraud cases to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom and said Grissom didn’t “know what he’s talking about” in asserting Kansas has no voter fraud. Through an open-records request, AP learned that Grissom wrote Kobach a letter in November saying in part: “So we can avoid misstatements of facts for the future, for the record, we have received no voter fraud cases from your office in over 4 1/2 years. And, I can assure you, I do know what I’m talking about.” – Rhonda Holman