“Kobach warns that non-citizens could tip election”

Bryan Lowry for the Wichita Eagle:

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an early endorser and adviser to Trump, says he thinks enough non-citizens are registered to vote in swing states that it could tip the balance of the presidential election.,,,

The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the 30 cases of non-citizens registering to vote in Kansas prior to the state’s adoption of a proof of citizenship requirement “fall well short of the showing necessary to rebut the presumption” that voters are citizens when they attest to that fact on their registration forms.

Rick Hasen, an election law expert at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, said that “all of the evidence of non-citizen voting shows that it is a very small problem.”

Kobach often points to Sedgwick County in support of his claims about non-citizen voting. Eleven non-citizens registered to vote in Sedgwick County between 2003 and 2010. Three cast a ballot; all but one of them have since become naturalized citizens, according to documents from Kobach’s office.

Another 14 have attempted to register to vote but were blocked from doing so since the state adopted its proof of citizenship requirement in 2013, according to the same documents.

“Despite all of Kobach’s rhetoric for the last decade, non-citizen voting has consistently been found to be a very small problem,” Hasen said. “This is more about Kobach promoting his own agenda, his own anti-immigration and voter fraud agenda, than it is about any real problem with how we run our elections.”

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