Purger-in-Chief Kris Kobach Demands Detailed Data On Every American Voter
by Greg Palast
June 30, 2017
The Al Capone of vote rigging, Crosscheck creator Kris Kobach, in his capacity as Vice Chair of Trump's so-called Presidential Election "Integrity" Commission, has demanded the personal information, voting history, and party affiliation of every US voter.
The letter below was sent by Kobach to Connecticut Secretary of State Denise W. Merrill, which demanded:
"Publicly-available voter roll data for Connecticut, including, if publicly available under the laws of your sate, the full first and last names of all registrants, middle names or initials if available, addresses, dates of birth, political party (if recorded in your state), last four digits of social number if available, voter history (elections voted in) from 2006 onward, active/inactive status, cancelled status, information regarding any felony convictions, information regarding voter registration in another state, information regarding military status, and overseas citizen information."
According to Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, who first shared the letter on Twitter, every US Secretary of State was sent a similar missive.
If all 50 states turn over their voter lists to Kobach, expect an additional 2 million voters, mostly citizens of color, to be purged. Even states not in his Crosscheck program will find their lists used for the lynching by laptop. Our elections would be safer giving this info to the Russians!
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UPDATE: June 30, 5:08PM
Well over 20 Secretary of States are refusing to fully comply with Kobach's request including, bizarrely, Kobach himself, in his capacity as Secretary of State for Kansas. The most forthright response so far has come from a Republican Secretary of State, Delbert Hosemann of Mississippi, who told Kobach & Co that:
"They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi is a great State to launch from."
UPDATE: July 1, 7:13AM
Over 27 states are now opposing Kobach's request. On Friday, the Governor of Washington, Jay Inslee (D) took to Twitter to second the sentiments expressed by Republican Secretary of State, Delbert Hosemann of Mississippi (see above).
In a tweet which referenced Hosemann's statement, Inslee said:
"I believe this is an excellent response to the administration’s request, though I’d strongly suggest they jump in Lake Washington."
And Kentucky Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes (D), told MSNBC:
"There's not enough bourbon here in Kentucky to make this request seem sensible."
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