Voter suppression expert Kris Kobach speaks to white nationalist publishing group

Sure, sure. Tell me more about how voting rights restrictions have nothing to do with race.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach — the same guy who wants to purge 30,000 people from his state’s voter rolls and sued the federal government (unsuccessfully) because he really, really likes requiring proof of citizenship for voter registrations — reportedly spoke at a conference for Social Contract Press, a white nationalist publishing house, last week. From TalkingPointsMemo:

The Social Contract Press is a “a Michigan-based publishing house that routinely puts out race-baiting articles penned by well known white nationalists,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks extremist groups. Its publisher is John Tanton, a prominent white nationalist and anti-immigration activist.

Throughout his time as Secretary of State, Kobach has proven adept at implementing particularly anti-Latino versions of voter suppression and intimidation. He established a voter fraud website where Kansans could report cases of voter fraud, but the site doesn’t give citizens the option of reporting the one kind of voter fraud that actually happens in Kansas on a semi-regular basis: misinformation campaigns that primarily target communities of color. He fought for, and was granted, unprecedented authority as Secretary of State to prosecute cases of voter fraud that local officials had declined to pursue. And perhaps most significantly, as referenced above, his insistence on Kansas requiring proof of citizenship in order to vote has left 30,000 otherwise eligible Kansan voters in a state of electoral limbo. Since proof of citizenship cannot be required for voting in federal elections, it was originally thought that voters who registered without their birth certificate would be kept on a separate list, and would still be allowed to vote for federal offices. Instead, Kobach is trying to purge all of those voters from the rolls entirely, a move that voting rights advocates are staying his move — and potentially the proof of citizenship requirement itself — are totally illegal.

With that in mind, Kobach’s appearance at an event for a group that has some — let’s call them Kobachian — worries about illegal immigrants makes a great deal of sense. Now if only he’d drop the pretense that his restrictions on ballot access have anything to do with the integrity of Kansan elections. If that were true, he’d be looking a bit harder into the electoral irregularities in his state for which there’s actual evidence.

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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21 Responses to “Voter suppression expert Kris Kobach speaks to white nationalist publishing group”

  1. BeccaM says:

    They didn’t ban my father, and trust me, he was as racist as racists get. Glad to see you banned though.

  2. Moderator4 says:

    You’ve obviously wandered into the wrong blog.
    Let us help you go elsewhere, Brosky. You are banned.

  3. Brosky says:

    The JBS is a great group and expels all racists.

  4. Brosky says:

    You mean he’s not sending fast and furious machine guns and grenades to Mexican drug cartels anymore?

  5. Brosky says:

    Citing the SPLC as a source discredits your whole article. You might as well cite the KKK. Remember that SPLC is run by a known con-man with gross sexual perversions and that it inspired a terrorist to go on a murderous rampage a few years ago.

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  7. Demosthenes says:

    In related news, morning “anchors” Mika and Joe at “liberal” MSNBC just performed fellatio on the Koch Brothers with an astonishing stenographic wet kiss.

    Yet another reason why I don’t watch that horrible station.

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  9. Indigo says:

    I have to agree with you. Things have come to that point.

  10. emjayay says:

    It doesn’t matter. Whether someone is a member of the JBS or not is immaterial. Since Reagan, people with that sort of thinking have been allowed into the Republican party and are now known as the Tea Party.

  11. Indigo says:

    In that case, there’s trouble in River City.

  12. Bill_Perdue says:

    “White nationalists” are fascists.

  13. Houndentenor says:

    There’s not even any pretense that they aren’t trying to keep non-white people from voting. And there’s no need for such a pretense because the conservative majority on the Supreme Court is going to let them get away with it.

  14. Doug105 says:

    John Birch Society Celebrates Koch Family For Their Role In Founding The Hate Group

    The Koch Brothers and the John Birch Society: Wrecking America One (tax free) Think Tank at a Time

  15. Indigo says:

    Officially? Is that what they are? That’s not good.

  16. Doug105 says:

    The Koch brothers carry that tradition on.

  17. Doug105 says:

    More republican Family values.

    Republican ‘Family Values’ Consultant Caught Molesting Church Boys & Filming It “Hundreds Of Times”

  18. nicho says:

    We have something with that name on the door. The last guy to run it has gone back to his old job of defending corporate criminals from prosecution.

  19. Indigo says:

    I agree that he’s got the patter down but I’m wondering whether the John Birch Society even exists anymore. Sure, there’s a web page and the Southern Poverty Law folks list them and there’s even a Wikipedia entry about them but somehow, I had the impression they’d fallen between the cracks and were nothing more than a historical oddity these days. They used to be very strong in Indiana where I grew up but I haven’t heard much about them since then. Kobach definitely has that intense level of intolerance about him, maybe that’s what’s going on. Oh, dear! In that case, I’d say we should be deeply concerned. Those folks are nuts.

  20. NotHardly says:

    sure wish we had a Justice Department … maybe next time

  21. BeccaM says:

    I have to wonder at this point if Kobach is a John Birch Society member. He certainly has their entire cant down pat. And you know the old saying about being able to judge a man by the friends he keeps.

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