Trump’s delusions about voter fraud exposed yet again. This is an opinion piece, but I feel it deserves to be posted here (rather than in the op-ed thread) because it contains solid statistics that grew out of the voter fraud investigation in Kansas – plus some telling assessments from the judge, Julie A. Robinson.
I would recommend bookmarking this piece – if you’re at a party and some Trump supporters start spouting off about how there are supposedly millions of fraudulently registered voters in the U.S., call them out and send them this link – or better yet, pull up the article on your phone and quote it to them right then and there. Here’s a sample from Robinson’s ruling:
At most, 67 noncitizens registered or attempted to register in Kansas over the last 19 years,” the judge found. Of those, only 39, at most, actually ended up on voter rolls, put there largely by clerical mistakes, not fraud. They went to the motor vehicles department for a driver’s license and accidentally registered to vote. “Some applicants told the . . . clerk that they were not citizens, yet the clerk completed a voter registration application” anyway.
Given the almost 2 million individuals on the Kansas voter rolls, some administrative anomalies are expected.
So how delusional are these voter fraud freaks? Out of 2 million registered voters in Kansas, less than 2, count 'em, that’s 2 voters per year were registered that should not have been and those were primarily due to mistakes made in the process, not a malicious attempt at fraud. Here’s more:
[Kris] Kobach tried to argue that the tiny number of mistaken registrations actually proves the existence of a vast horde. "[Kobach] insists that these numbers are just ‘the tip of the iceberg.’ This trial was his opportunity to produce credible evidence of that iceberg, but he failed to do so,” Robinson scolded. “The Court draws the more obvious conclusion that there is no iceberg; only an icicle.”
Ouch. Well put, Judge Robinson.
And here’s Robinson’s parting shot at Kobach who, in his position as Secretary of State in Kansas, is in charge of the election process and has the power to prosecute any voter fraud cases his office may uncover:
Defendant [Koback] already has prosecutorial authority over Kansas election crimes. Yet, since obtaining this authority . . . Defendant has filed zero criminal complaints against noncitizens for registering to vote.
BTW, Kris Kobach is Trump’s go-to voter fraud conspiracy whack job who is now running for Governor of Kansas. He’s the guy who recently rode in a parade with a very real looking replica machine gun mounted on his vehicle.