Voter Suppression Guru Chris Kobach Held In Contempt

Kobach where you came from?? Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

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“Judge Julie Robinson was losing patience. Before the 2016 election, she had ordered Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to restore the right to vote to thousands of Kansans who’d been disenfranchised by a state law requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote. On Tuesday, Kobach was again in her courtroom, this time at the tail end of an eight-day trial challenging the proof-of-citizenship law, in which the ACLU was also asking Robinson to hold Kobach in contempt of court for declining to tell those voters that they were once again eligible to vote. “I made it clear they’re fully registered voters,” she told Kobach, pounding on her desk for emphasis.

Kobach’s battle against the ACLU was supposed to be a showcase for his claims of widespread voter fraud. When he ran for Kansas secretary of state in 2010, Kobach said “the illegal registration of alien voters has become pervasive.” That led Kansas to pass the law requiring people to provide documentation including a birth certificate, passport, or naturalization papers to register to vote. The law prevented 35,000 Kansans from registering between 2013 and 2016.”*

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  1. Hard right neocons never miss an opportunity to squeeze in a statement along the lines of "We're not a Democracy. We're a Republic", which is a double defense for them. It's a defense of The Electoral College, which is the only thing keeping them from getting their asses kicked over and over again when it comes to the Executive branch, and a way of saying we elect Leaders and not Representatives who enforce the democratic majority will despite their personal beliefs, because NeoCon sheep believe in being Lead by a strong man who spoon feeds them their values, and not leading themselves through democracy. They believe in their oligarchs to make their decisions for them.

  2. I want to know why nobody is talking about Mike Pence suppressing 45,000 voters in Indiana. It is a verified fact. He had state police go in minority voter areas and steal registrations, machines and all. Since it was too late to clear up changed names, addresses, etc., which were called irregularities, those voters didn't count.

  3. Chris Kobach is that racist bigot who has been stopping Black, Latino, and Asian voters from voting for nearly two decades! He was the one who got George W Bush and Trump elected through a system he called "Crosscheck," in which he convinced states to throw out the votes from minority voters who had similar first and last names by arguing that these people were registered to vote in multiple states and therefore their votes didn't count! Newly registered minority voters were also kept from voting because Kobach and the Republicans argued that they had registered to vote in multiple states because the same first and last names had appeared in multiple states and therefore they were not even allowed to cast a vote when they showed up at the voting booths!

    Studies have shown that Kobach had kept 7.3 million qualified minority voters from voting in the 2016 election using this "Crosscheck" system that Kobach had invented! When they said Hillary had beaten Trump by nearly 3 million votes, that number is skewed because the actual number is actually around 10.3 million votes since Kobach had prevented 7.3 million qualified non-white voters from voting!

    Now, the reason why Kobach and the Republicans want to keep non-white voters from voting is because non-white people tend to vote for Democratic candidates overwhelmingly more than Republican ones! So, if any Republicans tell you they are for the rule of law, democracy, and the Constitution, that is a bogus lie! Republican is an anti-rule of law, anti-democracy political party since playing by the rules and giving people democracy would only ruin its power and existence since most people don't want to live under Republicans' control which sees the nation becoming more divided in race relations, wealth distribution, class, justice, police relations, and trust in government.

    You can learn more about Chris Kobach's "Crosscheck" scheme by typing in "Crosscheck" and "Greg Palast" in the search bar on Youtube and a bunch of videos will show up for you to watch that proves what I am saying is no bull and it's 100% legit!

  4. Let the South secede. Let the white supremacists/nationalists depart from the Union we call the United States of America.

  5. Neglected to state the obvious regarding the survival of Democratic left .Left wing independent media on YouTube and Justice Dems!

  6. To clarify, that was 3 cases of voter fraud in 18 years and not 8 years. So they average 1 case of voter fraud every 6 years.

  7. I actually don't agree 100% with Cenk. When I go to the DMV, I do take my Birth certificate, Social Security card and proof of residence. But I left Chicago before ever having voted and became an ESL teacher overseas, so I don't know how hard or easy it is to register to vote. But I know what I have to do to get my ID or Driver's License.

  8. You should interview Greg Pallast if you want to know anything about Kris Kobach. He knows more about this man than anyone. Kobach has been aiding the Koch's for over a decade now…and kicked millions and millions of Americans off the voting rolls. He firmly believes only rich white people should vote. I don't know, but I suspect if he could end women voting, he's do that too.

  9. the Republicans are the epitome of hypocrisy claiming to be Christians yet using every dirty underhanded low trick they can come up with to try to steal away the right to vote, the entire Republican party is a criminal Enterprise

  10. I see this obsession of HIP w illegal voters shows how narrow minded they really are, they can't believe ANYONE couldn't see &vote for THEM OVERWHELMINGLY, BC THEIR WAY (to them) IS SUPERIOR.. So it CAN'T BE CORRECT OR FAIR BECAUSE they don't hold EVERY SEAT, but are 100% Right, Amen. Dig?

  11. It is nice and all that the judge ordered the secretary of state to do his job, but with no actual enforcement of the order (or the law), what is the point? When will any of these voter suppression idiots actually go to jail?

  12. How are these low life reptiles voted into their jobs…have Republican voters lost their intellect to choose people like this sleezy slug to represent them…so with a last name like his tells you he is also from immigrant background so he should also be deported

  13. If he had all this figured out then why would he even pull this and make people make an extra trip the usual worst state office and do this? Why create caos?

  14. Solution?Compulsory voting-if you have a phone and you don’t vote,you get fined and eventually lose your’ phone.

  15. "I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating." –Sophocles

    Means nothing to these crooks, so long as they win and maintain their power. I swear they would steal your baby to sell it on the black market if you were not looking.

  16. HELLA voter fraud, in the form of republican BITCH ASS gerrymandering democracy, in the name of farg what's right, here's what's WHITE! I call B.S. HELLA VOTER FRAUD! Peace…

  17. Actually, I did bring my birth certificate the last time I got my driver's license in Georgia – I had to. The right wingers have gone apes**t here. I had to bring my birth certificate and SS card. I already had a license and just wanted to renew. They told me what they needed. I knew right wing nutballs had been hard at work. I got angry for a few seconds and walked out. Then I sent off to Nebraska to get my birth certificate – cost me $12. Then I took a day off work and drove to Brunswick to get my SS card (which I had last 20+ years ago in a robbery). So, right wing nuts made me give up about $20 and one day of leave at my job. That's the nutball world for you. But, I did what I had to do because one day, I'll be helping to throw the nutballs out.

  18. In Oregon when you get your license or renew it you have to present a piece of mail with your current address, photo id (previous license or passport because Costco doesn't count), Social Secury card, and any documentation if you changed your name from the birth name (marriage license).

  19. Control is held by those in power! Freedom is NOT free it must be fought for and one must remain aware or lose it to those who take it. Jury meandering or close polling stations and people removed from voting registrations and lack of counting every vote equal what we have now a failure.

  20. The one thing we have learnt from Trump is, if republicans are complaining about something it means they are doing that thing.

  21. If 3 Applicants where non-citizen only 18,369 are legitimate citizens. Caught you lying again Cenk, your argument is invalid! Republicans win again! Kappa

  22. The fact that such racist thugs still run around in the open in the so-called beacon of democracy, the USA, is shocking. But then they used to lynch people till a few decades ago ….. and of course the Orange Fuehrer has been elected as the president …

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