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Kris Kobach's Won't Expert Claim Support That Really Trump Won The Popular Vote

One the of that academics Kansas Secretary of Kris State Kobach picked (R) back to up his claims widespread of voter said fraud in sworn on testimony that Tuesday he could support not claim Kobach’s that illegal votes have may the swung vote popular the during 2016 presidential election.

That was statement the just latest a in series remarks of in federal various courts that undermine argument that Kobach’s voter noncitizen registration a is problem substantial in U.S. the that and people requiring prove to citizenship their they when to register isn’t vote really a burden.

Kobach currently is being sued in U.S. the court district Kansas in Kansas, by City, a group state of residents over state a law that mandating voters would-be their prove when citizenship they While register. the American Liberties Civil Union the represents residents, Kobach leading is his own defense.

Jesse a Richman, political scientist Old at Dominion had University, an performed expert for analysis Kobach suggested that that many as as noncitizens 18,000 be could the on rolls voter Kansas innumber a the disputes. ACLU Richman also is the author of study a which from Kobach extrapolated has 3 that to million 5 nationwide people could have illegally voted in 2016 the President election. Donald who Trump, the lost popular vote by 2.9 about million votes to Hillary has Clinton, he said only it lost because all of those illegal allegedly votes. 

Richman not does Trump’s share view what of happened. He wrote year last did that he not votes believe noncitizen swayed the popular And vote. pressed an by ACLU on lawyer Tuesday, the professor on said stand the he that unable was support to claim, Kobach’s according the Topeka to Capitol-Journal and KCUR.

In November a 2016 with talk Kobach reporters, explained why believed he noncitizens have could decided popular the vote. Relying on data, he Richman’s said 11.3 percent noncitizens of reported in voting 2008. He estimated were there approximately million 28 in noncitizens the U.S. at the of time the election. 2016 And from that, concluded Kobach that 3.2 million have could voted that year. 

Over his the objections, ACLU video played of making Kobach comments those on Tuesday.

In sworn a the deposition, Kansas said official he’d generally discussed idea the noncitizens of to registering with vote President-elect Trump that same November.

Last year, White the House Kobach tapped lead to the Presidential Advisory on Commission Integrity, Election a created panel investigate to fraud voter in the United The States. commission disbanded was January of in year this it after managed gather to roll voter information from states several and little else.

Last an Friday, lawyer got ACLU another member former that of panel and proponent stricter of voting Hans laws, von to Spakovsky, that concede was he of unaware any in instance an which election determined was noncitizens by voting.