For an elected Secretary of State who claims he wants to prevent real voter fraud in elections, Kris Kobach sure has a cavalier way of talking about the subject.
By Yael T. Abouhalkah
The Kansas City Star
Or, more bluntly, the Kansas Republican has a way of lying about it.
Case in point: In a recent op-ed in the Wichita Eagle-Beacon, Kobach states that he knows aliens have been involved in stolen elections.
He then cites what he calls two recent incidents. His first case, by the way, is from 1997! Let me state the obvious: Thats hardly recent, and hardly any evidence that this kind of alien action is going on to subvert U.S. elections.
But then comes the untruth from Kobach, reprinted fully here:
Another incident happened in 2010 in Kansas City, Mo. In the state representative race between J.J. Rizzo and Will Royster, the election was stolen when Rizzo received about 50 votes illegally cast by citizens of Somalia. The margin of victory? One vote.
Wow, thats a big story: Votes were illegally cast by Somalis.
Lets go to the court records to find proof for that serious allegation made by a sitting Secretary of State.
Whats that? There is no proof?
Indeed, there isnt. There certainly were lots of allegations that Somalis had help in voting in the race for Rizzo. And Royster filed lawsuits alleging those kinds of problems. And some testimony indicated voting irregularities occurred regarding Somalis.
Yet when those claims got to court, heres what happened: Jackson County Judge W. Stephen Nixon and then the state appeals court rejected Roysters case.
Nixon ruled in August 2010 that credible evidence proves that there was no voter misconduct and there was no voter fraud with regard to this election.
In other words, nothing was proven in court regarding the legal matter of how the Somalis voted.
Rizzo was seated, and won re-election in 2012.
True, Rizzos name and the 2010 election have been in the news recently, when his uncle and aunt pleaded guilty to voter fraud. Essentially, they voted in Rizzos race in 2010 even though they didnt live in the district. Thats despicable, and it certainly taints Rizzos initial election.
But this is also the kind of real voter fraud that Kobachs Voter ID laws aimed at aliens would not have stopped.
Notice something else: Theres nothing from the feds or the Jackson County prosecutors office about any Somalis illegally voting or stealing the Rizzo-Royster race.
Kobach has the right to pout all he wants that Voter ID laws would protect us from alien voters. But he needs to find a better case before he an elected official states publicly that an election was illegally stolen.