Wednesday, January 03, 2018
KANSAS SECSTATE KRIS KOBACH OUT IN THE COLD AGAIN AS PREZ TRUMP CANCELS VOTER FRAUD COMMISSION?!?!?
Amid widespread GOP resistance from other states and lackluster results . . . Yet another high-profile gig for the top politico in Kansas has gone astray.
Check links and description from both sides of the aisle . . .
The closing of the commission was a blow for Kris Kobach, the secretary of state of Kansas and the panel’s vice chairman. Mr. Kobach was one of a few state officials to support Mr. Trump’s contention of widespread fraud.
But Mr. Kobach insisted in an interview that the commission’s work would not end but rather would be transferred to the Department of Homeland Security, one of the federal agencies charged with ensuring election integrity and one that he said critics would find more difficult to target.
More perspective on the move from the top GOP contender for Kansas Guv . . .
The Kansas official said he expects officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and political appointees overseeing that agency to take over the commission's work and begin efforts to match state voter rolls to federal databases of noncitizens. He insisted he was not disappointed with the president's decision.
"It’s the right move," Kobach said. "It's a shifting in tactics from having the investigation be done by a federal commission to having it be done by a federal agency. The agency has a greater ability to move quickly to get the investigation done."
Kobach acknowledged that ICE has little expertise in other types of potential voter fraud, such as multiple voting or voting by felons who've been disenfranchised, but he noted DHS has a broad mandate to address election security issues as critical U.S. infrastructure.
Check the links . . .
New York Times: Trump Disbands Commission on Voter Fraud
Fox News: Trump dissolves voter fraud commission after states balk at data requests
CNN: Trump dissolves voter fraud commission; adviser says it went 'off the rails'
Wex: Kris Kobach: A 'barrage of meritless lawsuits' ended Trump's voter fraud commission
Vox: Trump has disbanded his voter fraud commission, blaming state resistance
You decide . . .