His name is Kris Kobach, and he is the Secretary of State out there in Brownbackistan.
So far, in his career, Kobach has been the guy that John Ashcroft tasked with weeding out foreign travelers in the wake of 9/11—and Kobach’s program was so deeply involved in racial profiling that it was shut down. He also was the author of Arizona’s notorious “Papers, Please” law.
Now, in Rolling Stone, Greg Palast explains the most recent way that Kobach has been gnawing at the fundamental infrastructure of democracy. It’s called the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, and it is yet another way to suppress the franchise of the people that Kris Kobach would rather not have voting. Allegedly, this latest scam is supposed to stop people from voting in more than one state, which is another non-problem that Kobach thinks needs a really draconian solution.
As you can imagine, Crosscheck doesn’t address the non-existent problem, but it does precisely what it’s supposed to be doing.
We were able to obtain more lists—Georgia and Washington state, the total number of voters adding up to more than 1 million matches—and Crosscheck’s results seemed at best deeply flawed. We found that one-fourth of the names on the list actually lacked a middle-name match. The system can also mistakenly identify fathers and sons as the same voter, ignoring designations of Jr. and Sr. A whole lot of people named “James Brown” are suspected of voting or registering twice, 357 of them in Georgia alone. But according to Crosscheck, James Willie Brown is supposed to be the same voter as James Arthur Brown. James Clifford Brown is allegedly the same voter as James Lynn Brown.