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'''Kris William Kobach''' (born March 26, 1966) is the [[conservative]] Secretary of State of [[Kansas]], serving since 2011. President [[Donald Trump]] appointed Kobach in 2017 as the Vice-chair of the Commission on Voter Integrity.<ref>Schallhorn, Kaitlyn (July 19, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/19/trump-voter-fraud-commission-heres-what-to-know.html Trump voter fraud commission: Here's what to know]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved July 21, 2017.</ref><ref>Persons, Sally (May 15, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/15/kris-kobach-says-commission-voter-fraud-will-look-/ Kobach says commission on voter fraud will look into suppression, irregularities]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved July 21, 2017.</ref><ref>Kamisar, Ben; Wheeler, Lydia (July 19, 2017). [http://thehill.com/regulation/other/342721-kobach-points-to-lingering-doubts-in-opening-voter-fraud-commission Kobach points to ‘lingering doubts’ in opening voter fraud commission]. ''The Hill''. Retrieved July 21, 2017.</ref> Kobach is nown for his fight against [[voter fraud]], including his efforts to ensure that only U.S. citizens are voting in elections.<ref>Binder, John (March 21, 2018). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/03/21/kansas-kris-kobach-leads-national-fight-against-non-citizen-voting/ Kansas: Kris Kobach Leads National Fight Against Non-Citizen Voting]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved March 22, 2018.</ref>
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'''Kris William Kobach''' (born March 26, 1966) is the [[conservative]] Secretary of State of [[Kansas]], serving since 2011. President [[Donald Trump]] appointed Kobach in 2017 as the Vice-chair of the Commission on Voter Integrity.<ref>Schallhorn, Kaitlyn (July 19, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/19/trump-voter-fraud-commission-heres-what-to-know.html Trump voter fraud commission: Here's what to know]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved July 21, 2017.</ref><ref>Persons, Sally (May 15, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/15/kris-kobach-says-commission-voter-fraud-will-look-/ Kobach says commission on voter fraud will look into suppression, irregularities]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved July 21, 2017.</ref><ref>Kamisar, Ben; Wheeler, Lydia (July 19, 2017). [http://thehill.com/regulation/other/342721-kobach-points-to-lingering-doubts-in-opening-voter-fraud-commission Kobach points to ‘lingering doubts’ in opening voter fraud commission]. ''The Hill''. Retrieved July 21, 2017.</ref> Kobach is known for his fight against [[voter fraud]], including his efforts to ensure that only U.S. citizens are voting in elections.<ref>Binder, John (March 21, 2018). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/03/21/kansas-kris-kobach-leads-national-fight-against-non-citizen-voting/ Kansas: Kris Kobach Leads National Fight Against Non-Citizen Voting]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved March 22, 2018.</ref>
  
 
==Political career==
 
==Political career==
 
Kobach unsuccessfully ran for congress in 1993.<ref name=mag/>
 
Kobach unsuccessfully ran for congress in 1993.<ref name=mag/>
  
In 2001, Kobach took a leave of absence from his job as a law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City to become a White House fellow assigned to the Justice Department in the George W. Bush administration. There, Kobach worked on implementing the [[Muslim registry|National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS)]].<ref name=mag/>
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In 2001, Kobach took a leave of absence from his job as a law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City to become a White House fellow assigned to the Justice Department in the [[George W. Bush]] administration. There, Kobach worked on implementing the [[Muslim registry|National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS)]].<ref name=mag/>
  
Kobach served as chairman of the Kansas Republican Party from 2007 to 2009.<ref name=mag/>
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Kobach served as chairman of the Kansas Republican Party from 2007 to 2009.<ref name=mag/> He won election as Kansas Secretary of State in 2010 and won re-election in 2014.
  
While Kansas Secretary of State, Kobach joined an "Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program" program to compare the names and birth date of the voter rolls in different states for common entries.  However, Kansas had not originally collected birth dates, so some long-standing voters were included as being born in 1900.  [[Liberal]] critics claim that because African-Americans tend to have common names more than the population as a whole, striking voters from the voter rolls based on such comparisons discriminates against them.<ref name=mag/>  Kobach also convinced Kansas to give the Secretary of State the power to prosecute criminal charges for voter fraud in 2015. According to ''The New York Times'', "the nine convictions he has won since 2015 have primarily been citizens 60 and over who own property in two states and were confused about voting requirements."<ref name=mag/>
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While serving as Kansas Secretary of State, Kobach joined an "Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program" program to compare the names and birth date of the voter rolls in different states for common entries.<ref name=mag/>  Kobach also convinced Kansas to give the Secretary of State the power to prosecute criminal charges for voter fraud in 2015.<ref name=mag/>
  
On June 8, 2017, Kobach announced his candidacy in the 2018 Kansas gubernatorial race.<ref name=mag>{{cite news|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/magazine/the-man-behind-trumps-voter-fraud-obsession.html?_r=0|title=The Man Behind Trump’s Voter-Fraud Obsession|date=June 13, 2017|accessdate=July 21, 2017|work=New York Times Magazine}}</ref><ref>Hayward, John (June 9, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/radio/2017/06/09/kobach-enters-kansas-governor-race-end-insane-policies-charging-american-students-three-times-much-illegals/ Kris Kobach Enters Kansas Governor Race to End ‘Insane’ Policies like Charging American Students Three Times as Much as Illegals]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 21, 2017.</ref> He ran as an anti-establishment candidate.<ref>Huston, Warner Todd (December 4, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/12/04/kansas-candidate-governor-kris-kobach-bucking-establishment/ Kansas Candidate for Governor Kris Kobach Is Bucking the Establishment]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved December 5, 2017.</ref>
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On June 8, 2017, Kobach announced his candidacy in the 2018 Kansas gubernatorial race.<ref name=mag>{{cite news|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/magazine/the-man-behind-trumps-voter-fraud-obsession.html|title=The Man Behind Trump’s Voter-Fraud Obsession|date=June 13, 2017|accessdate=July 21, 2017|work=New York Times Magazine}}</ref><ref>Hayward, John (June 9, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/radio/2017/06/09/kobach-enters-kansas-governor-race-end-insane-policies-charging-american-students-three-times-much-illegals/ Kris Kobach Enters Kansas Governor Race to End ‘Insane’ Policies like Charging American Students Three Times as Much as Illegals]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 21, 2017.</ref> He ran as an anti-[[establishment]] candidate.<ref>Huston, Warner Todd (December 4, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/12/04/kansas-candidate-governor-kris-kobach-bucking-establishment/ Kansas Candidate for Governor Kris Kobach Is Bucking the Establishment]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved December 5, 2017.</ref>
  
 
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Kris William Kobach (born March 26, 1966) is the conservative Secretary of State of Kansas, serving since 2011. President Donald Trump appointed Kobach in 2017 as the Vice-chair of the Commission on Voter Integrity.[1][2][3] Kobach is known for his fight against voter fraud, including his efforts to ensure that only U.S. citizens are voting in elections.[4]

Political career

Kobach unsuccessfully ran for congress in 1993.[5]

In 2001, Kobach took a leave of absence from his job as a law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City to become a White House fellow assigned to the Justice Department in the George W. Bush administration. There, Kobach worked on implementing the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS).[5]

Kobach served as chairman of the Kansas Republican Party from 2007 to 2009.[5] He won election as Kansas Secretary of State in 2010 and won re-election in 2014.

While serving as Kansas Secretary of State, Kobach joined an "Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program" program to compare the names and birth date of the voter rolls in different states for common entries.[5] Kobach also convinced Kansas to give the Secretary of State the power to prosecute criminal charges for voter fraud in 2015.[5]

On June 8, 2017, Kobach announced his candidacy in the 2018 Kansas gubernatorial race.[5][6] He ran as an anti-establishment candidate.[7]

References

  1. Schallhorn, Kaitlyn (July 19, 2017). Trump voter fraud commission: Here's what to know. Fox News. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  2. Persons, Sally (May 15, 2017). Kobach says commission on voter fraud will look into suppression, irregularities. The Washington Times. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  3. Kamisar, Ben; Wheeler, Lydia (July 19, 2017). Kobach points to ‘lingering doubts’ in opening voter fraud commission. The Hill. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  4. Binder, John (March 21, 2018). Kansas: Kris Kobach Leads National Fight Against Non-Citizen Voting. Breitbart News. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 "The Man Behind Trump’s Voter-Fraud Obsession", New York Times Magazine, June 13, 2017. Retrieved on July 21, 2017. 
  6. Hayward, John (June 9, 2017). Kris Kobach Enters Kansas Governor Race to End ‘Insane’ Policies like Charging American Students Three Times as Much as Illegals. Breitbart News. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  7. Huston, Warner Todd (December 4, 2017). Kansas Candidate for Governor Kris Kobach Is Bucking the Establishment. Breitbart News. Retrieved December 5, 2017.