The Real Agenda of Kris Kobach

NYT Profile of Trump's Anti-Voting Czar Sheds Light on the True Motivations of the Voter Fraud Alarmists

Today the New York Times ran an in depth profile of Kris Kobach. It'll give you a preview of what to expect from Trump's anti-voting commission, and we encourage you to read it. We've covered Kobach before and his failure to provide any evidence of voter fraud at scale, despite his nonstop efforts to restrict the vote in the name of preventing fraud.

For example, the NYT notes:

"Though Kobach received the authority to prosecute fraud cases after warning that voting by 'aliens' was rampant, the nine convictions he has won since 2015 have primarily been citizens 60 and over who own property in two states and were confused about voting requirements. Only one noncitizen has been convicted." 

If you've wondered why Kobach is pushing so hard to restrict the vote despite his inability to produce any evidence, the NYT article also sheds some light on his motivation.  Bottom line:  don't think for a moment that this is about preventing fraud.  It's about preventing citizens from exercising their Constitutional right to vote, so that certain politicians can keep their grip on the American power structure.  It's enraging, it's shameful, and it has to stop.

Automatic Voter Registration to Become Law in Illinois

Governor Will Sign Bill That Passed Through Legislature Unanimously

Remember what it used to be like when lawmakers from both sides of the aisle could collaborate for the benefit of the people?  That's exactly what's happening in Illinois with automatic voter registration.

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner announced that he will sign the state's new automatic voter registration bill, which passed through both houses of the legislature unanimously.  Under the bill, citizens will be registered to vote automatically when transacting at certain state agencies, such as when getting a new or renewed driver's license.

Gov. Rauner had previously threatened to veto the legislation unless it was adjusted to include some measures to limit fraud.  Although we know voter fraud at scale to be a myth, the legislature nevertheless collaborated to add provisions requiring people to affirm that they are eligible to vote.  Both parties were satisfied, and the bill passed unanimously.

It's great to see legislators working together to make it easier for citizens to vote.

Supreme Court Will Decide Whether Ohio Can Resume Purging Millions of Voters

State's Policy Has Impacted Minority Voters Disproportionately

Today the US Supreme Court agreed to hear Ohio's appeal of a court ruling that prevents it from aggressive purging of voter rolls.

Ohio has strict rules on the books under which citizens must use-or-lose their Constitutional voting rights.  Under Ohio's policy, if a registered voter misses voting for 2 years, he or she is sent a registration confirmation notice.  If the voter then doesn't respond and doesn't vote within the next 4 years, he or she is purged from the rolls.  To date, more than 2 million voters have been purged from the rolls in this way.  Even if you believe all the inflated and unfounded talk of voter fraud, 2 million is a staggering number. 

According to an independent analysis, whose voting rights are taken most often?  Minorities.  This is no surprise, as we've seen statistics showing the disparate impact that voting restrictions impact minorities the most.

A citizen's right to vote is a fundamental, Constitutional right.  Unlike driving, hunting, or numerous other activities for which the state can set restrictive requirements, there is a high threshold for limiting the right to vote.  Ohio's application of this policy does not meet that standard, and -- according to federal courts that have reviewed it to date -- it violates the Motor Voter Registration Act.  Let's hope the Supreme Court doesn't find a way to undo that.

Alabama Restores Voting Rights for Thousands

Republican-controlled State Narrows List of Felonies For Which Voting Rights Can Be Revoked

Today, Governor Ivey of Alabama signed into law a bill which narrows the list of felonies for which voting rights can be revoked.  This is rare for a state with a Republican trifecta, and we applaud it.  Thank you, Alabama, for restoring voting rights for thousands.