Redacted Kobach Deposition Transcript and von Spakovsky Cross Examination Transcript Now Available, Includes Discussion of False Claim of Somali American Voter Fraud

…taken place in that election. Correct? A. I don’t know when that opinion was issued. I wasn’t aware of that when I wrote the piece, which was based on other reports. Q. You’re aware of that now, right, Mr. von Spakovsky? A. I’m aware of that now. Q. You never published a written retraction of your assertion about Somalia voters illegally participating in that election, right, Mr. von Spakovsky? A. I don’t believe…

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“Claims Of Leading Voter Fraud Alarmist Picked Apart In Kansas Trial”

…g Kansas’ proof-of-citizenship law admitted in testimony Friday that he did not investigate the circumstances surrounding the registrations of a handful of non-citizens that were central to his allegations. The witness, Hans von Spakovsky, relied on a spreadsheet provided to him by the state. The spreadsheet showed that in Kansas’ second most populous county, there were only 38 alleged cases of non-citizens registering or attempting to register…

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Dale Ho Examines Hans von Spakovsky Under Oath at Kansas Voter Suppression Trial

…e at Risk.” Ho asked him if his research for that book was peer-reviewed or whether he had ever written a peer-reviewed article on voter fraud. “I’m not an academic, so I don’t use the peer review process,” von Spakovsky replied. Now we know why von Spakovsky did not want to be my “research assistant.” Tierney Sneed: Earlier, Kansas Secretary of State Kobach had asked von Spakovsky what his definition of voter fraud…

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von Spakovsky, of the Now Defunct Pence-Kobach Fraudulent Fraud Squad, Suddenly Calls for a Greater Federal Role in Elections

…sked for is information that all of these states routinely sell to candidates and political parties. So why they think they shouldn’t give it to this commission looking at election integrity, I don’t really understand,” said von Spakovsky, who contends the federal government has every right to see the same records. “The federal government is entitled to that information because those voter registration lists are what are used for federal…

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BREAKING: President Trump Waves White Flag, Dissolves The Pence-Kobach Voter “Fraud” Commission, in Great News for Voting Rights

…oneheaded mistakes about handling documents used by the Commission, again in violation of federal law. It did not seem to have an end-game. It sounded more like a scheme cooked up around a kitchen table by Kobach, Adams, and von Spakovsky who saw an opportunity with Trump to take the national voter fraud hysteria show to a national stage. The lawsuits helped, and it helped that Secretary of State Matt Dunlap of Maine, the most prominent national…

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EAC Commissioner McCormick, Speaking on ALEC Panel with Von Spakovsky and Adams, Makes Frivolous First Amendment Argument Against Automatic Voter Registration

Sam Levine: McCormick focused on automatic voter registration, a process adopted by 10 states so far in which eligible people are automatically added to the voter rolls when they interact with a motor vehicle agency or some other state agencies. Once people fill out the forms, they are given the choice of opting out. Oregon was the first state to adopt the process in 2015; eight states and the District of Columbia have followed since. But…

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von Spakovsky and Adams Say Only Plausible Reason People Question Pence-Kobach Fraud Commission is Because They Want Voter Fraud and Mistakes to Happen

Washington Examiner: A wide range of interest groups – from academics, to faux-media outlets, to partisans, to foundations and the activist groups they fund – appear intent on trying to sabotage the work of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The only plausible reason for this is that they don’t want the public to learn more about vulnerabilities in our elections that allow election fraud and other administrative errors…

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J. Christian Adams, Members of Pence-Kobach Fraudulent Fraud Squad, Suggests von Spakovsky Was Right to Suggest Keeping Democrats Off Commission

Hans von Spakovsky, in a released email a while back, suggested that Pence-Kobach should keep all Democrats off the sham voting commission. Now, in light of news that Maine SOS Matt Dunlap, one of the few Democratic members of the Commission, has sued the Commission, von Spakovsky’s frequent ally (and fellow commission member J. Christian Adams, just tweeted this: Jessica Huseman asks: “Are you referencing his email saying Democrats…

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Cleta Mitchell and von Spakovsky Advance Nutty Theory That Paying for Steele Dossier Violates Foreign Contribution Ban

…nditure” and “disbursement” in 11 CFR 110.20, and says it will be important to learn more about Steele’s citizenship, residency, interaction with other foreigners and the ownership of Fusion GPS. Hans von Spakovsky, a former Federal Election Commission member who now works at the Heritage Foundation, shared a similar view when asked to evaluate Mitchell’s theory that paying foreigners may be a violation. “Yes,…

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More aftermath of the Kobach Commission email log

…Friday, in response to a judge’s order, the Department of Justice released data showing the authors, recipients, timing, and subject lines of a group of emails sent to and from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. They show that in the weeks before the commission issued a controversial letter requesting sweeping voter data from the states, co-chair Kris Kobach and the commission’s staff sought the input of Hans von…

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“New Document Shows Inner Workings Of Trump’s Voter Fraud Probe”

…ts. Von Spakovsky, Adams and Kobach are three of the most controversial picks for the commission, and critics of the probe say they intend to weaken confidence in American election systems and make it more difficult to vote. Von Spakovsky also emailed Adams, Kobach and Kossack about potential commission members. “It appears that known vote-suppressors Kris Kobach, J. Christian Adams, and Hans von Spakovsky, worked together without the input of…

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“Former Justice Department Lawyers Fire Back on Voting-Rights Reversal They Say Betrays Two Decades of Enforcement”

…calia Law School Supreme Court Clinic in March entitled “Brief of former attorneys of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice.” Its six signatories included Bradley Schlozman and Hans von Spakovsky. The two men are considered notorious in voting-rights circles for their zealous attempts to establish the existence of non-existent voter fraud and throw people off the voter roles – a practice known to…

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“Trump Pick for Civil Rights Role Is a Lawyer Who’s Pushed Voting Restrictions”

… in March 2007. Its website domain expired, taking with it the group’s reports and testimony. Quinn’s LinkedIn page and Republican National Lawyers Association bio page do not mention it. By the time of ACVR’s demise, Quinn was working as the special counsel for voting matters at the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, succeeding von Spakovsky….

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“Trump’s voter fraud commission proves a magnet for controversy”

…onvene in New Hampshire this week, it already faced questions about its seriousness of purpose and whether it was a hopelessly biased endeavor. Then things got worse. An email surfaced in which the Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky, one of the commission’s most conservative members, lamented that Trump was appointing Democrats and “mainstream” Republicans to the bipartisan panel. Its vice chairman, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach…

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von Spakovsky Says He Did Not Send Email to Attorney General But to Others and It Was Forwarded

…Statement to Jessica Huseman. There doesn’t appear to be a question he wrote the letter against including Democrats, mainstream Republicans or academics on the Commission. The question is over who he sent it to. Looking at how things were forwarded, it is consistent with von Spakovsky sending the letter to someone who forwarded it to someone at DOJ….

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Bob Bauer Calls on von Spakovsky to Resign from Pence-Kobach Sham Commission, and Has Questions About DOJ/AG Role

…s: –Why did Von Spakovsky send this email to the Attorney General, and not to the White House? –What role did the Attorney General or the Department of Justice play in the recommendation of appointment, or the appointment of Von Spakovsky? –What response to the email did the Administration provide to Von Spakovsky, then or at the time of his appointment? As for that last question: Von Spakovsky aggressively promoted to DOJ his view of how the…

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“The voting commission is a fraud itself. Shut it down.”

…e meeting tells you all you need to know about this sham effort,” says Rick Hasen, an election law guru. Things went from bad to worse on Tuesday when a memo sent by email surfaced to Attorney General Jeff Sessions from Hans von Spakovsky, a controversial member of the panel, that objected to seating Democrats or mainstream Republicans on the commission. Von Spakovsky initially denied seeing the letter (let alone writing it) but was outed when…

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Updated: Someone at Heritage Sent Letter Urging Pence-Kobach to Keep Democrats, Mainstream Republicans, and Academics off Fraud Commission

…his not include von Spakovsky and Adams? Pretty sure the “white paper” referred to is: J. Christian Adams, Donald Palmer & Hans von Spakovsky, Best Practices for Achieving Integrity in Voter Registration 3 (June 21, 2017), Update: von Spakovsky told a reporter he had no knowledge of the letter and does not believe he sent it. But Heritage confirmed he wrote it. This is an old pattern with von Spakovsky. Further update: See von…

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“Trump Voter Fraud Commission Poised To Double Down On Debunked NH Claims”

…M previously reported. The materials slated for Tuesday’s meetings that were posted by the White House aren’t likely to make them feel any better. Jasper’s correspondence with state officials about the data are among the materials posted, as is the report on them that he released last week. The stats are also touted on a slide show being presented by GOP commission member Hans von Spakovsky, who has a reputation for pushing misleading claims…

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Today’s Must-Read: “Analysis: Heritage Foundation’s Database Undermines Claims of Recent Voter Fraud”

…in the 2016 election alone. A vast majority of fraud “examples” cited by the Heritage Foundation would not be addressed by the voter suppression laws its staff supports, including “Election Integrity” Commission member Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at Heritage. Von Spakovsky distributed copies of the database at the panel’s first meeting in July. Many cases highlighted in the database show that existing laws and safeguards are…

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“What does the US election integrity commission need to be credible? Some actual experts”

…currently has no political scientists or election experts needed to investigate allegations of voter fraud or voter suppression. Instead, President Trump has packed the commission with attorneys like J. Christian Adams, Hans von Spakovsky, and Christy McCormick, all of whom have specialized in bringing unsupported allegations of voter fraud, and are outspoken advocates for more restrictive voter eligibility requirements. As a result, the…

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Mississippi Law Journal Symposium on the Voting Rights Act

…diverse nation. 85 Miss. L.J. 1305-1331 (2017). [H]|[L]|[W] Terry Ao Minnis. No longer invisible: engaging the growing Asian American electorate in the South. 85 Miss. L.J. 1333-1356 (2017). [H]|[L]|[W] Roger Clegg, Hans A. von Spakovsky. “Disparate impact” and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. 85 Miss. L.J. 1357-1372 (2017). [H]|[L]|[W] Hans A. von Spakovsky, Roger Clegg. Felon voting and unconstitutional congressional overreach. 85 Miss….

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“Meet the Vote Suppressors and Conspiracy Theorists on Trump’s ‘Election Integrity’ Commission”

…Ari Berman: The likes of Kobach, Blackwell, von Spakovsky, and Adams have for years spread debunked lies about voter fraud and have championed efforts to make it harder to vote, often in violation of federal law. Putting them on an “election integrity” commission is as bad of an idea as Trump forming a “cybersecurity unit” with Vladimir Putin….

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Beyond Words: J. Christian Adams Appointed to Pence-Kobach Commission

If you look at this list of people on the Pence-Kobach commission: Kobach Blackwell von Spakovsky and now Christian Adams… it is hard to imagine a list of people less credible on the issue of the extent of voter fraud in the United States, and who have done more to raise the scourge of voter fraud as a means to advocate for laws to make it harder for people to register and to vote. This is not a list meant to inspire bipartisan…

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Kobach Relies on “Bipartisan” Nature of Election Commission for Legitimacy, But It is Hardly Bipartisan

…ng voter suppression is rampant on the Republican side, including vice chair Kobach (who is currently running for governor and could be in Hatch Act trouble, and who was recently fined for misleading a court on voting info), von Spakovsky, and Blackwell. A Republican commissioner (McCormick) from the United States Election Assistance Commission is on the Pence-Kobach) Commission, as is a Republican SOS from Indiana (Lawson). Another apparent…

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President Trump Appoints Country’s Worst Vote Suppressor to His “Election Integrity” Commission

…to make it harder for people to register and vote, and former Ohio SOS Ken Blackwell, who once rejected voter registration forms based upon the weight of the sheet of paper. But I was wrong. The President has now named Hans von Spakovsky to the Commission. I talk about him in this old Slate piece on the Fraudulent Fraud Squad, the name I give to people who falsify and exaggerate claims of voter fraud to pass laws to make it harder for people…

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von Spakovsky, Christian Adams to Be Offering Advice, Reports to President’s “Election Integrity” Commission

…Release: The Best Practices report follows President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order on the Establishment of Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. PILF intends to contribute to the body’s future studies by offering these findings and suggestions in the near future. Donald Palmer is also involved. UPDATE: https://twitter.com/srl/status/877589682485305344  …

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“In Emails, Neil Gorsuch Praised a Leading Republican Activist Behind Voter Suppression Efforts”

Ari Berman: Few people in the Republican Party have done more to limit voting rights than Hans von Spakovsky. He’s been instrumental in spreading the myth of widespread voter fraud and backing new restrictions to make it harder to vote. But it appears that von Spakovsky had an admirer in Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, according to emails released to the Senate Judiciary Committee covering Gorsuch’s time working in…

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VP Pence “Voter Fraud” Commission Has Not Even Contacted Usual Suspects Yet About Joining

Pam Fessler for NPR: Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation says he’s neither been asked to participate in the investigation or been consulted about it. “Which seems a bit odd given that I’m one of the leading experts on voter fraud,” he wrote in an e-mail. Von Spakovsky is a former Justice Department official, who’s been talking and writing about the issue for well over a decade and maintains a database of…

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Rather Than Continued Stalemate, Federal Election Commission May Now Lead Way to Campaign Finance Deregulation

…ns. The President has generally given the leadership of the party in the Senate on the other side a chance to pick commissioners from that party (though there was a dispute in 2007-8 over the controversial nomination of Hans von Spakovsky to the FEC). Suppose President Trump decides not to follow this convention (and given the fact that he hasn’t followed other conventions, this would be unsurprising) He could appoint a libertarian or…

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“Civil Rights Déjà Vu, Only Worse”

…National Voter Registration Act (commonly known as the Motor Voter law) requires states to maintain up-to-date voting rolls. Many conservative commentators—including leading right-wing voices on voting issues like Adams and von Spakovsky—believe that the voting rolls in many jurisdictions fail to comply with that provision because they contain people who died, moved out of the jurisdiction, or otherwise are not eligible voters. I expect the…

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“Campaign Finance Laws Poised for Rollback Under Trump”

Must-read Roll Call: Von Spakovsky, who manages the Election Law Reform Initiative at the conservative Heritage Foundation, says he’s hopeful that McConnell and Trump, along with a Republican House, will greatly increase the limits on donations to party committees and candidates, or undo the limits altogether. Individual donors can give no more than $2,700 directly to candidates per election in the 2016 cycle. He believes that Trump’s aides and…

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A Silver Lining from Trump Vote Rigging Claim: Republicans Repudiating Voter Fraud Myth

…have been responsible Republicans on this for years, and more coming on line now, like Mark Braden, John Fortier, Chris Ashby, Rob Kelner, Ohio SOS John Husted, and others. And then there’s the path of Mike Roman, Hans von Spakovsky, Kris Kobach, and others. That is the road that should not be taken. Let’s hope after this election we see a turning point for the GOP, which can start with recognizing that voter fraud is an isolated…

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“Voter ID laws are reaction to nonexistent problem”

…fied” tighter voting restrictions. Yet, these claims have been found repeatedly and empirically to be “myths” (and I can cite 28 scholarly or empirical sources). The evidence is astonishing. In a 2015 personal communication, von Spakovsky expressed clearly that not even a single, empirical or peer-reviewed research report supporting his viewpoints existed, nor had even one university press published a book. It appears self-incriminating that he…

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Breaking and Analysis: Federal District Court Upholds Restrictive NC Voting Law in 485-Page Opinion

…tate can get by with no evidence of a need.  (This seems perverse to me.) The court also finds that the state did not act with discriminatory intent, citing (without an appreciation for irony) at p. 387 the testimony of Hans von Spakovsky to the legislature on the need for this restrictive law. Whether or not his testimony was true, the court says, the legislature could have believed it true, thereby negating possibility of discriminatory…

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Another View on Dysfunction at the FEC

Another reader writes: Your correspondent put a strange slant on your old Slate article about Hans Von Spakovsky & the FEC. Nowhere in your article did you suggest that Hans would have acted/voted any differently than Don McGahn. You simply made the point that Hans’s notoriety might have resulted in more media/public attention to the FEC. I also think your correspondent really muddies the waters by claiming the opposition to Hans was…

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Is Dems’ Objection to Von Spakovsky the Real Source of FEC Dysfunction?

…) The challenge to the longstanding FEC nomination process directly resulted in the appointment of the McGahn-Hunter-Petersen slate.  Campaign finance reform insiders, voting rights activists, others on the left, objected to von Spakovsky’s confirmation, Democrats in the Senate went along with this, and a Commission consisting of Weintraub-Lenhard-Walther-Mason-von Spakovsky-[empty seat] wasn’t confirmed.  (Caroline Hunter was eventually…

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“McDaniel supporter in Jones County files suit over election law #MSSen”

…s today on the issue of potential vote challenges: NYT: Poll Workers Must Stay Outside, Mississippi Officials Say Clarion-Ledger: Hood, Hoseman Express Concern Over Poll Watchers TPM: Mississippi Officials Will Monitor Voting in GOP Senate Runoff Daily Beast: Mississippi GOP Plays Games with Black Votes (featuring surprisingly moderate comments from von Spakovsky)    …

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“After Ruling, Alabama Joins 2 States in Moving to Alter Voting Rules”

…ing the more widespread recent drives to require picture identification at the time of voting and reduce early voting. “The Kansas decision is going to encourage more states to pass these kinds of requirements,” said Hans A. von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative research organization. He asserted that registration by noncitizens was a genuine problem, and that more stringent rules would not deter…

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“Flip-flopping conservatives take aim at another key provision of the Voting Rights Act”

…ritage Foundation that the provision at issue, Section 2, should be construed so narrowly that it would be able to stop only the most blatant forms of racial discrimination in voting. And the memo, written by Heritage’s Hans von Spakovsky and Roger Clegg of the Center for Equal Opportunity, may aim to lay the groundwork for an even more far-reaching claim: The prominent election law scholar Rick Hasen, no alarmist on voting rights, described it…

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Section 2: Under Construction?

…doesn’t do that aren’t based on the actual statute.) It’s true that section 2 is often called an “effects” or “results” test — as imprecise shorthand.  But as Mr. Clegg and Mr. von Spakovsky mention, and as I’ve explained, that’s not what the text does.  At least recently (and perhaps since the 1982 amendment), courts have demanded more than just purely disparate results.  That is,…

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