In 2014, Kobach ordered between 35,000 and 40,000 new voters onto a suspended voter list in Kansas. These were newly registered voters who were unable to provide proof of citizenship.
In the same way that grandfather clauses exempted white voters but applied to African-American voters, the ACLU is saying that Kansas’s law only applies to new voters or people who try to register after 2013. And if you look at that suspended voter list in Kansas, which at some points in time has had over 35,000 voters on it, over half of the voters are under 35 and nearly all are first-time registrants ’cause, as I said, it only applies to people who are trying to register after 2013. So these are much more likely to be younger people and much more likely to be new registrants.
To put that in perspective, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback won re-election in 2014 by 33,000 votes. Kobach has long wanted to take this voter suppression program nationwide and according to newly released memos, he pitched the idea to Trump immediately after the November 2016 election.
Now this same guy who suppressed voters in Kansas is going to do the same thing nationwide for Trump’s reelection.