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Francis Wilkinson

The Kansas Model for Voter-Fraud Bluffing

Investigating "reported" abuses exposes the real truth.
Pointing to Kris Kobach of Kansas.

Pointing to Kris Kobach of Kansas.

Photographer: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

If President Donald Trump wants a good gauge of how much voter fraud he will find if he launches a federal investigation, one of his campaign advisers, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, is a good person to ask.

Kobach, you might remember, became a national hero among conservatives by championing restrictions on voting, with the avowed purpose of battling the scourge of voter fraud. During Trump's presidential transition, he was photographed meeting Trump while holding a document listing plans to bar foreigners and deal with "criminal aliens." Illegal immigration and voter fraud are intimately linked in conservative mythology, where dusky undocumented immigrants are forever handing election victories to Democrats by voting illegally.