Still No Evidence of Voter Fraud in Kansas

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was given unprecedented powers to prosecute voter fraud cases by Gov. Sam Brownback last week, but he still can’t seem to find any evidence of more than a handful of actual fraud cases. His own investigations prove him wrong, which has done nothing to change his absurdly exaggerated rhetoric.

On Monday, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill giving Kobach’s office the power toprosecute voter-fraud cases if county prosecutors decline to do so and upgrading such charges from misdemeanors to felonies. Voters could be charged with a felony for mistakenly showing up at the wrong polling place. No other secretary of state in the country has such sweeping prosecutorial power, says Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project.

“It means a person and an office with no experience or background in criminal prosecutions is now going to be making a determination of whether there’s probable cause to bring a criminal case against an individual who may have just made a paperwork mistake,” Ho says. “There is a reason why career prosecutors typically handle these cases. They know what they’re doing.”

Kobach claims there are 100 cases of “double voting” from the 2014 election that he wants to prosecute, but there’s been scant evidence of such fraud in Kansas in past elections. From 1997 to 2010, according to The Wichita Eagle, there were only 11 confirmed cases of voter fraud in the state.

Such fraud has been just as rare nationally, even according to Kobach’s own data, noted The Washington Post:

Kansas’ secretary of state examined 84 million votes cast in 22 states to look for duplicate registrants. In the end 14 cases were referred for prosecution, representing 0.00000017 percent of the votes cast.

Kobach says he needs this extraordinary prosecutorial power because county and federal attorneys are not bringing enough voter-fraud cases. But Kansas US Attorney Barry Grissom said last year that Kobach’s office had not referred any cases of voter fraud to his office. “We have received no voter fraud cases from your office in over four and a half years,” Grissom wrote to Kobach.

So his own investigation of more than 80 million votes found barely a dozen actual cases of voter fraud, and he hasn’t referred a single voter fraud case to federal prosecutors since taking office — but he’s sure it’s a huge problem that must be stopped, preferably by making it far more difficult for tens of thousands of legally registered voters to cast their votes. To call this a witch hunt seems entirely appropriate — there aren’t any witches, only victims of hysterical pogroms, just like with voter fraud.

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  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    You’ve got to understand this: If anyone votes non-Republican, that’s prima facie evidence of fraud. He just hasn’t dug deep enough to find more evidence.

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    I’m glad to see that Republicans continue their program of cutting out wasteful spending. Like programs that may help feed children and the elderly, and transferring those savings to vital investigations like this.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    No price is too high to stop voters from voting for Democrats. And yet they still won’t vote for Republicans!

  • Pierce R. Butler

    However, the performance in office of Mssrs Brownback & Kobach (& others to be named) indicates Kansas has a continuing votee fraud problem.

  • ragingapathy

    Ah Kansas. Where a tax increase is not a tax increase.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/sam-brownback-tax-hikes-kansas-budget

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Pierce R. Butler, it’s nothing that another round of tax cuts can’t handle.

  • tsig

    If there are no frauds it will be necessary to create them I’m sure they’re all Democrats and some political hay will be made of it.

    The innocent will be found guilty and the guilty will be heroes of the Republic.

  • Larry

    Lack of evidence of fraud simply points to there being a massive conspiracy to hide the fraud from prying eyes.

    In the view of republicans, if you find a pile of shit, you start and keep digging. There’s bound to be a pony in there somewhere.

  • Big Boppa

    …his own investigation of more than 80 million votes found barely a dozen actual cases of voter fraud, and he hasn’t referred a single voter fraud case to federal prosecutors since taking office

    Might that be because they were all registered republicans?

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    It’s because they can’t find any evidence that they know voter fraud in Kansas is a huge problem.

  • frankgturner

    @ sighed jolsafar #10

    Right because absence of evidence is not evidence of absence… No because absence of evidence is evidence of absence…No still wrong, because absence of evidence is evidence of presence! Yeah that’s right, that’s the ticket. If you start doing an investigation and you can’t find any evidence, or even find evidence for the complimentary hypothesis, that is definitely evidence that someone is hiding the evidence that supports your hypothesis.

    .

    Although I do like Larry’s expression. I mean you do a little digging if the pile of shit is big enough (which it often is) but sooner or later you realize that the pony can’t be that small.

  • Kermit Sansoo

    fifthdentist says: I’m glad to see that Republicans continue their program of cutting out wasteful spending. Like programs that may help feed children and the elderly, and transferring those savings to vital investigations like this.

    .

    What does feeding children and old folks do except keep moochers around longer? They’ll only ask for more later. On the other hand, what could be more important than punishing the guilty, whether they’re innocent or not?