During an interview with The Associated Press, Kobach said he has no “preconceived conclusions” about whether the commission even will make policy recommendations. He said it will also examine allegations about election laws suppressing turnout – as critics charge Kansas’ laws do.
“There are all kinds of assumptions you might come to this issue with, but I’d like to test those assumptions and see if the facts bear them out,” Kobach said.
But Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, which has battled Kobach in federal court over a 2013 state law requiring new voters to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship when registering, said the group believes the commission’s work has a “pre-ordained” outcome.
A federal judge recently ordered Kobach to turn over to the ACLU a document he took into a meeting with Trump in November in New Jersey. An AP photograph showed it was a paper outlining homeland security issues, including potential changes in federal voting laws.
“He already has policy recommendations. They’re the Kansas experiment,” Ho said of Kobach. “It seems like this commission is just a fig leaf of a process.”
UPDATE: Here is video where Kobach stresses that there will be a vote of the “bipartisan” commission. So far, two Democrats (of 7 members).