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Kansas Secretary of State: ‘Those Darn Widows and Aliens are to Blame for Voter Fraud’

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach thinks widows are to blame for the ‘epidemic’ of voter fraud he is trying to stop with Kansas’ strict voter ID laws. Joining radio host Joyce Kaufman at a recent event hosted by the anti-immigrant group FAIR, Kobach explained how widows and aliens are mucking up the voter process.

“I can’t imagine how many widows are voting for their dead husbands in communities like I lived in,” Kaufman said to Kobach, sending him on a rant about voter abuses.

“Yeah, it happens all the time,” Kobach said, pointing out that there are really three kind of frauders. First, he said are the people who die and stay on the rolls (presumably so their wives can continue voting on their behalf), those that move and enroll to vote in two states, and “aliens.”

These “aliens”, he stressed are “people who were never entitled to vote in the first place.”

In fact, according to the Brennan Center for Justice the types of fraud Kobach is claiming, and in fact all voter fraud, is extremely rare not only in Kansas but around the US. Many of the problems that are claimed to be fraud, they add, are not intentional deception at all, but administrative and voter mistakes.

The NYU based center also points out that requiring identification to vote does not solve the practically non-existent problem of fraud, but it does turn away minorities, something Kobach vehemently denies is fact.

“I think it’s outrageous the argument some make that it hurts minorities. It’s almost a racist argument!,” Kobach said, claiming those who think that are bigoted, not him. “You’re telling me that because of a person’s skin color, he’s less able to find his birth certificate? That’s just crazy to make that argument.”

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