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Kobach featured in New York Times article

State of Kansas Office of the Secretary of State

Kansas Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach was featured in a New York Times piece this week that touches on his plans to remake America through restrictive voting and immigration laws.

According to the New York Times, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed four suits against Kobach since he was elected in 2010, all challenging some aspect of his signature piece of legislation, the Secure and Fair Elections, or SAFE Act, which requires people to show a birth certificate, passport or naturalization papers to register to vote.

It’s a law that Kobach has long argued is necessary to prevent noncitizens from registering to vote, which he claims is a pervasive problem and a threat to democracy.  The A.C.L.U. has countered that the real purpose of the law is not to prevent fraud but to stop the existing electorate from expanding and shifting demographically.

The piece also touches on Kobach’s inclusion into the White House’s inner circle, his educational background and how that has influenced his interest in immigration law.