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Kris Kobach and Hillary Clinton continue to spar over Kansas voting laws

Kris Kobach says Kansas has “the most secure election system in the country.” Hillary Clinton’s campaign says Kobach’s policies go in the opposite direction of voter access.
Kris Kobach says Kansas has “the most secure election system in the country.” Hillary Clinton’s campaign says Kobach’s policies go in the opposite direction of voter access.

In what is now a running dispute, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach struck back this past week at Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for claiming he supports “harsh voting restrictions.”

The Clinton campaign said Kobach’s policies, including a decision to discard incomplete voter applications after 90 days, go in the opposite direction of voter access. Clinton is calling for universal voter registration and for at least 20 days of early in-person voting.

Kobach responded that Kansas has “the most secure election system in the country.”

Clinton doesn’t recognize the threat of non-citizens voting in U.S. elections, Kobach said in a statement. Kansas now requires proof-of-citizenship documents, such as a birth certificate or passport, to register.

“We have already identified more than 30 aliens who either successfully registered before our law went into effect or attempted to register, and were stopped, after the law went into effect,” he said.

Clinton’s plan would amount to a federal takeover of voter registration, Kobach said, and that would increase the risk of non-citizens voting.

“Every time an alien votes, it cancels out the vote of a U.S. citizen,” Kobach said. “But Hillary doesn’t seem to care about that.”

In late August, Kobach and Clinton began sparring on social media. The Clinton campaign posted a comment on Twitter decrying a “purging” of voters from counties’ incomplete voter registration lists. Many on the lists had not provided proof-of-citizenship documents.

The people on the lists aren’t yet registered voters, Kobach said, and he shot back on his personal Facebook account that they would simply need to fill out a new registration form.

“Oh the horror! Hillary is getting her pantsuit in a twist over nothing,” he wrote.

Edward M. Eveld: 816-234-4442, @EEveld

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