Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the vice chairman and driving force behind President Donald Trump’s bogus Commission on Election Integrity, has gone silent. This could be because court documents unsealed last week, after he misled a federal judge, show his real agenda is amending the national Voting Rights Act to suppress votes. The commission hasn’t met since Sept. 12, when it was embarrassed by Kobach’s claim that 5,500 people may have committed fraud by registering to vote in New Hampshire without having a state driver’s license. It turns out that voting without a state ID is not illegal as long as someone — like a college student — is legally “domiciled” in the state.Reputable studies have shown fraud by voter impersonation is all but non-existent. But Kobach appears deeply worried about brown people. He’s the one who inspired the president-elect’s startling claim last November that Trump would have “won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”
With the voter integrity commission, Kobach finally had a platform to pursue his real agenda: Bringing Kansas’ “show us your papers” voting requirement to the rest of the country.
The Kansas law required proof of citizenship to register to vote. The American Civil Liberties Union challenged it, saying the law violated the federal Voting Rights Act. In October 2016, a federal appeals court agreed, ruling that Kobach’s law amounted to “a mass denial of a fundamental constitutional right.”