Courtroom antics embarrass Kansas

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Opinion

July 1, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has been on vivid display in federal courtrooms over the past year, and his performance there tells Kansas Republicans all they need to know about his capacity to be the next governor of Kansas. He clearly lacks the competence and character to be elected to higher office.

Two weeks ago Kobach’s signature “proof-of-citizenship” law was set aside. Federal Judge Julie Robinson, an appointee of Republican President George W. Bush, ruled that the law infringed on the National Voter Registration Act and the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. According to the Court, that law blocked tens of thousands of eligible citizens from registering to vote and constituted an undue burden on their right to vote. The Judge also gave Kobach detailed instructions for informing eligible voters of their right to vote and complying with her orders.

The case had been Kobach’s opportunity to showcase his 2010 campaign claims that “the illegal registration of alien voters has become pervasive.” Instead, courtroom proceedings stripped bare Kobach’s public bloviating on illegal voting and revealed his lack of preparation, inadequacies in assembling evidence, ignorance of judicial procedure, and willful violation of elementary courtroom rules.

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