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Kobach calls League of Women Voters ‘communist’

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Secretary of State Kris Kobach came unhinged at the GOP state convention over the weekend, repeatedly labeling the American Civil Liberties Union and the League of Women Voters as “communist.” Kobach is irritated that the groups filed a lawsuit arguing that Brian Newby, executive director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, illegally granted Kansas, Georgia and Alabama permission to change federal voter-registration forms to require proof of citizenship. On Monday the U.S. Justice Department sided with the groups, saying that Newby (previously Johnson County’s election commissioner) failed to meet the “necessity” criterion required to change the forms. It must be communist, too. – Phillip Brownlee