March 15, 2018
The Kobach Follies, Week 2: Kobach’s own “expert” witnesses testify that their research doesn’t support Kobach’s claims
Topeka, KS – For the two days this week that Kris Kobach’s voter suppression measures were on trial, Kobach paraded in several witnesses who were supposed to back-up his claims that his “voter fraud” crusade is legal. It didn’t go so well.
Here’s a recap of what happened this week:
“[Kobach expert witness Jesse Richman’s] testimony was repeatedly halted by objections, prompting rising tensions. Richman appeared to interrupt the judge, prompting her to order him not to speak unless asked a question.”
“‘You’re not here to trash the plaintiff. You’re not here to argue with me,’ Robinson told Richman.” – Kansas City Star
“One of [Kobach]’s witnesses testified Tuesday…that his research does not support Kobach’s previous claims that millions of illegal votes cost President Donald Trump the popular vote.”
“Richman testified in court that his study doesn’t actually support Kobach’s conclusions and that he isn’t aware of any studies that do…”
“The ACLU grilled Richman about his methodology to produce these estimates [that roughly 18,000 non-citizens are registered to vote in Kansas], which included flagging foreign-sounding names.”
“Dale Ho, an attorney for the ACLU, asked Richman if we would have flagged the name ‘Carlos Murguia’ as a foreign-sounding name…”
“Yes, Richman answered.”
“Ho informed him that Murguia is a federal judge whose courtroom is located in the same courthouse as the trial.” – Kansas City Star
The incompetence Kobach displayed for seven years as Kansas’ secretary of state is now in sharp relief. Nearly a decade of Sam Brownback and Jeff Colyer’s failed agenda has left Kansas in shambles. A Kobach administration will bring more of the same – more budget cuts, more delusion, and more embarrassment.
Kansas Democrats are ready to take Kansas into the future. We can turn our great state around.