Kobach Claims Illegal Immigrant Voting Is Rampant

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Monday, October 25, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Via Talking Points Memo, Kris Kobach, the Republican nominee for Kansas Secretary of State who is quickly making a name for himself as an anti-immigration hardliner, is hoping to win votes by claiming illegal immigrants are fraudulently registering to vote in large numbers in his state. “Voter fraud is a very real problem in Kansas,” he wrote on his website. “Election crimes have been documented across the state — from fraudulent registrations, to vote-by-mail fraud. … In Kansas, the illegal registration of alien voters has become pervasive.”

Is it true? It doesn’t matter, Kansas State University political science professor Joe Aistrup told the Kansas City Star last week. “Kobach has caught the wave of the immigration debate,” he said. “It matters little whether his claims about voter fraud are true. Connect anything to illegal immigration in this climate, it’s going to have traction.”

For Kobach, especially, it’s a strategy that makes sense. Kobach is known around the country as the man who helped write Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law, and he has assisted other states to draft anti-illegal immigration legislation. He is now working with Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce to write legislation denying birthright citizenship to children born to illegal immigrant parents. Kobach’s critics argue his anti-illegal immigration work could distract from official secretary of state duties — he said it is only a hobby and likened himself to another candidate who plays the banjo — but his decision to fight illegal immigrant voter fraud is a perfect way to blend his pet project with a secretary of state priority.

If elected, Kobach wants to require proof of citizenship at the polls, and received backing for his plan from Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kans.), who is almost certain to be elected governor next month.

In Colorado, Republican state Rep. Ted Harvey told me last week he plans to introduce similar legislation for voter registration after 12,000 registered voters in the state failed to check a box affirming they were U.S. citizens. This may not have been because they were not citizens, but Harvey said illegal immigrants could easily register to vote because they do not have to show a birth certificate or passport.

It’s tough to say with certainty that this does not happen. But even for legal immigrants, there can be harsh penalties for registering to vote as a non-citizen. A 1996 law made it illegal for non-citizens to claim citizenship, meaning even those with green cards can face deportation for registering to vote. There is anecdotal evidence that this happens each election to a number of legal immigrants who don’t realize they aren’t allowed to vote.

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americanpiehole
Comment posted October 25, 2010 @ 9:21 pm

“legal immigrants who don’t realize they aren’t allowed to vote”

You can not be this naïve! Although by the pro-illegal trader crowd if you are illegal you can do no wrong.


AlexHamiltonII
Comment posted October 25, 2010 @ 9:34 pm

The morons in the media just keep mis-stating Kobach's points…accidentally? Unlikely.

He has never said that “large numbers” of illegal immigrants are registering to vote in Kansas. He has said that Kansas has had a significant numbers of voter fraud issues, but never quantified how many of those had anything to do with illegal aliens. There are a lot of ways for voter fraud to occur – only a fraction of those ways could involve illegals.

The inability of the media to separate the two distinct issues – voter fraud and illegal immigration – is staggering. Fortunately, most average Joe voters in Kansas understand the difference and will be wisely casting their ballots for the man who will do everything in his power to protect us from both.


SamAdams
Comment posted October 25, 2010 @ 9:48 pm

What keeps non citizens from voting in Kansas? Their conscience. Why do I say that? Here's some of the requirements to prove your citizenship in Kansas:

Kansas driver’s license or Kansas nondriver’s identification issued by DMV

Bank statement

Checking or savings account statement

Interest statement

Utility bill

Gas bill

Electric bill

Water bill

Telephone bill (cellular or land line)

Cable television bill

Paycheck

Paycheck stub

Notice of electronic deposit

W2 form

Government check

Medicare or Medicaid check

SRS check

WIC check

Other public assistance check

Other government document

US military ID card

College or high school student ID card

Passport

Nursing home roster if on government form (such as filed with KDHE, Aging)

Medicare or Medicaid card (must show name/current address)

Federal/state/county/local government employee ID

Pilot’s license

Hunting or fishing license

Gun permit

Ham radio operator’s license issued by Federal Communications Commission

Naturalization document (if it has 2 of 3 items, as stated above)

Vehicle registration

Copy of DMV change of address form

Statement from post office that an individual lives in and receives mail at a specific facility/location

Nursing home rooster is my favorite proof of citizenship followed by ham radio license and “other” public assistance check. And now do you see why voter fraud is an issue?

Copied directly from the Election Commissioner, Shawnee County, Kansas website:

http://www.snco.us/election/voterid.asp#AcceptableFormsofVoterIdentification


S. Pam
Comment posted October 26, 2010 @ 1:17 pm

YEAH! What's your point? Go Kobach!

Most of us are bitterly, bitterly aware that CRIMINALS are permeating every fiber of the the American being. They are spreading and multiplying like bedbugs — bringing with them crime on every level: drugs, murder, rape, guns, human trafficing, falsification of documentation … the list goes on. Guess what? They HATE America. They are here to exploit America and destroy the American way of life. Those that support CRIMINALS with impunity are America haters themselves.


Eugene W Hamptons
Comment posted October 26, 2010 @ 3:51 pm

Amnesty? ONLY after it is determined if they stole and used someone else's ID. That is a felony. If they have voted…. another FELONY. Voter fraud and ID theft will not be swept under the rug. The American people will not stand for Amnesty if it includes immunity from other crimes like VOTER FRAUD or ID theft. They need to go to jail then be deported.
Any illegal who has obeyed the law and not committing these multiple felonies of FRAUD ! The taxpayers are fed up with the multiple lies and abuse of this group.
NEVER VOTER FRAUD or ID theft.
Directly to Jail, then deported and denied reentry!


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Ali Alexander
Comment posted October 26, 2010 @ 7:50 pm

We have illegal aliens who are quite openly working for a Congressional candidate in Washington State so it's not a stretch to believe that illegal aliens are also voting illegally.

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2010/10/25/913516/-WA-Sen:-No,-illegal-aliens-arent-running-the-Dems-GOTV

And of course, while Diana Tejada, Harry Reid's former PR person, is apparently a U.S. citizen herself, she had no qualms about committing marriage fraud with a Lebanese national and even lied repeatedly to federal authorities about it. Ms. Tejada used to work for LaRaza before Reid and supposedly does again. Not to mention the public officials such as the head of ICE and our Labor Secretary, Hilda Solis, who openly support amnesty and are doing everything they can to circumvent our laws.


Ken
Comment posted October 27, 2010 @ 1:53 am

This is great!! We need more people like this to fight to take our great country back from those that have invaded from the south. Then get rid of Obama and this administration and elect those that WILL work for the American people!

NO AMNESTY, PERIOD!


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