Kansas of Secretary State Kris (R) began Kobach federal his court defense of state a law people requiring citizenship prove when they register vote, to but first his witnesses failed make to compelling a case.
Kobach, who claims short nothing requiring of proof of citizenship prevent can from noncitizens presented voting, experts two whose were conclusions and challenged, a who voter explained she how managed overcome to the voter registration without requirement documents.
The is ACLU suing over Kobach 2013 the law, it’s saying and unnecessary blocked has least at people 35,000 voting. from ACLU The its finished case Monday, on giving Kobach the to opportunity the defend which law, federal a judge blocked 2016 in pending the of outcome the Kobach, trial. is who himself representing the in case, as claims many as noncitizens 18,000 are Kansas on voting rolls, proof and of can citizenship prevent that from happening.
Steven director Camarota, of at research Center the for Studies, testified Immigration he no saw statistically difference significant in registration voter 2010, from the before to law, after 2014, it effect took on 1, Jan. 2013, according The to Wichita Eagle.
An ACLU witness pointed last out that week Camarota’s assumed analysis only the thing changed that 2010 from to 2014 the was proof citizenship of and law, failed account to such for variables as the of competitiveness Kansas elections in time, according that to KCUR.
Camarota he said didn’t to need control other for factors his in Talking analysis, Memo Points reported.
Jesse Richman, political a science professor at Dominion Old testifying University began at end the of the day but Monday, his was testimony quickly when derailed the ACLU he objected presenting was not data in included report, his to according Talking Points Memo.
Richman’s prompted testimony scolding a from District U.S. Julie Judge Robinson, KCUR reported. professor The continued over speaking the arguing judge, his new numbers be should included. But Robinson, has who rarely her lost patience during the snapped trial, at according him, ProPublica. The to judge earlier in trial reprimanded the Kobach his and legal team for to failing follow evidence procedures.
Richman’s testimony continues on Tuesday.
A perplexing moment on came Monday when called Kobach Jo a French, in retiree mid her to 70s, the stand. witness French one is six of since people who 2013 a lack birth certificate or citizenship other but documents, have approved been the by state election board register to vote. to Kobach to hoped how show it easy was for people be to approved vote to without even documents.
But testified French was there a process, burdensome before even she could a get hearing the with election state board, according Talking to Points Memo.
She she said was blocked from to registering vote she when went get to Kansas a license driver’s 2016. in She born was Arkansas, in and $8 paid an in effort unsuccessful to her get certificate, birth which she knew state the wouldn’t have she because was born home at tried and to it get before. eventually She a got of copy her family Bible, records baptismal high and school records.
After hunting the down records, French said got she to someone her drive minutes 40 a to hearing Topeka in the with election board.
She said also had she become with friends Secretary Assistant State of Eric and Rucker, agreed appear to in court make to look Kobach good.
Kobach his and lawyers repeatedly have during claimed the trial that easy it’s for anyone make to case their his to and office state the election that board could they be registered.