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Palast writes: "On Friday, August 6, thanks to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, a federal judge unsealed two documents relating to Kris Kobach's proposed amendments to the National Voter Registration Act (a.k.a. the 'motor-voter law')."

Investigative reporter Greg Palast. (photo: Greg Palast's Website)
Investigative reporter Greg Palast. (photo: Greg Palast's Website)

ACLU Lawsuit Sheds Light on Kris Kobach's Plan to Undermine Voting Rights

By Greg Palast, Greg Palast's Facebook Page

11 October 17


n Friday, thanks to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, a federal judge unsealed two documents relating to Kris Kobach’s proposed amendments to the National Voter Registration Act (a.k.a. the “motor-voter law").

The first document was a memo that Kobach brought to a meeting with President-elect Trump in November 2016, which was partially exposed during a photo op and revealed that Kobach wants to "stop aliens from voting" by drafting amendments to the National Voter Registration Act "to promote proof of citizenship requirements." (See doc:

The second unsealed document offers more insight into precisely how Kobach intends to do this. (See doc:

As we've previously reported, the requirement to prove citizenship to vote already stopped 36,000 Kansas students from voting because they didn’t have their passport or original birth certificate. Not one was busted as an alien, but all were busted as likely Democrats. (See story:…/)

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+44 # grandlakeguy 2017-10-11 13:20

It is tragic that no one in the mainstream media gives a rat's ass about the fact that American elections are absolutely fraudulent.

The Republican scum and the DNC insiders have killed our democracy!
+18 # California Neal 2017-10-11 15:14
Yeah, thank you, Greg! These are terrible times, but your continued investigative journalism is a great aid to those of us who are fighting against Trumpworld & to move the Dems into a progressive party.

I love the photo, Greg! You look just like Gregory Peck or Henry Fonda as an investigative journalist in a '40s movie!
+40 # giraffee23 2017-10-11 14:19
If the US Supremes don't stop this suppression, say good bye to freedom, liberty, etc. Do we really want to live under Trump / Bannon types? I don't.
-9 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-10-11 14:33
Hmmmm. Kris Kobach. The name sounds Russian to me. This must be part of the vast Russian conspiracy to hack the US elections and disrupt its beautiful democracy. Someone please call Robert Mueller. He'll get to the bottom of this and make America Great Again.

+13 # 2017-10-11 16:26
I urge people to write/contact two members of the Commission --Secr. of State for NH, Bill Gardner and Secr. of State for Maine, Matthew Dunlap -- and urge them to speak up in the Commission and publicly. I have had personal contact with each of them during several election cycles and found them to be reasonable public servants.
+4 # Diane_Wilkinson_Trefethen_aka_tref 2017-10-12 02:59
The ACLU’s Exhibit EE* is informative and horribly scary. The purpose of a voting rights act is to guarantee that parties, whether outside or inside the government, cannot prohibit or obstruct an American citizen’s right to vote.
[NOTE: To equate the USC code sections with the actual law, 52 U.S.C § 20504 is “SEC. 5. SIMULTANEOUS APPLICATION FOR VOTER REGISTRATION AND APPLICATION FOR MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVER’S LICENSE.” of the NVRA of 1993.]

52 U.S.C. § 20504(c)(2) begins, “The voter registration application portion of an application for a State motor vehicle driver's license--“

Here are some unredacted points in Exhibit EE:

Amendments to the National Voter Registration Act
1. Delete 52 U.S.C. § 20504(c)(2)(A):**
2. In 52 U.S.C. § 20504(c)(2)(B): delete “may require only the minimum amount of information necessary to--“ and replace with “may require any information that the State deems necessary to--“
3. Add new subsection 52 U.S.C. § 20504(f): “Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent a state from requiring documentary proof of citizenship from any applicant.”

** (A) may not require any information that duplicates information
required in the driver's license portion of the form (other than a
second signature or other information necessary under subparagraph
+1 # Dudu101 2017-10-12 20:16
You failed to mention that statements 4 and 5 are redacted, blacked out.
In Exhibit U, statements 1-22 are redacted, leaving only statement 23 readable:
"Draft amendments to National Voter Registration Act to promote proof-of-citize nship requirements."
+6 # wrknight 2017-10-12 09:50
Republicans would establish rules that allow only Republicans to vote, thus turning our republic into a one party system. Anyone who has studied government in the Soviet Union will immediately see the resemblance between a single party Republican government and the single party Communist government of the USSR - the big difference being that the Communist Party was not ruled by corporatists.
+3 # Working Class 2017-10-12 10:28
We need a law that makes it explicitly illegal to participate in any effort to suppress the voting rights of any US citizen. If found guilty the violator should be subjected to a $10,000 fine and up to five years in prison. In addition, conviction first offense should carry a ten year ban on serving in any capacity, appointed or elected, at any level of government with a concurrently running ban on any lobbying activity of any level of government. A second conviction should make these bans life long.
+2 # California Neal 2017-10-12 14:41
Yes, but since voter suppression is a GOP tool, we can't get there until the Dems return to power.
+2 # stoher9 2017-10-12 17:52
Instead of up to 5 years it should be a minimum mandatory 5 years, 'cause you know how much our "Tough on Crime" Republicans like minimum mandatory sentencing.

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