Donald Trump and his racism have time and time again transcended words and been turned into real life policy. He turned his phony voting commission into the incompetent hands of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the architect of the most racist law in modern American history. Kobach and the commission were widely mocked when they demanded every state send their full voter registration records to the commission for review.
President Trump’s voting commission asked every state and the District for detailed voter registration data, but in Texas’s case it took an additional step: It asked to see Texas records that identify all voters with Hispanic surnames, newly released documents show.
In buying nearly 50 million records from the state with the nation’s second largest Hispanic population, a researcher for the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity checked a box on two Texas public voter data request forms explicitly asking for the “Hispanic surname flag notation,” to be included in information sent to the voting commission, according to copies of the signed and notarized state forms.
White House and Texas officials said the Texas voter data was never delivered because a lawsuit brought by Texas voting rights advocates after the request last year temporarily stopped any data handoff.
Emphasis added and it bears repeating. Donald Trump’s phony voter commission intended to specifically target citizens with Hispanic surnames in the state with the second highest Latino population in America. No doubt they intended to run these names through Kobach’s shady, discredited Crosscheck program, which conveniently flags minority voters, who tend to vote for Democrats, and puts them on suspended voter rolls.
From a detailed and alarming exposé in Rolling Stone:
We had Mark Swedlund, a database expert whose clients include eBay and American Express, look at the data from Georgia and Virginia, and he was shocked by Crosscheck's "childish methodology." He added, "God forbid your name is Garcia, of which there are 858,000 in the U.S., and your first name is Joseph or Jose. You're probably suspected of voting in 27 states."
Swedlund's statistical analysis found that African-American, Latino and Asian names predominate, a simple result of the Crosscheck matching process, which spews out little more than a bunch of common names. No surprise: The U.S. Census data shows that minorities are overrepresented in 85 of 100 of the most common last names. If your name is Washington, there's an 89 percent chance you're African-American. If your last name is Hernandez, there's a 94 percent chance you're Hispanic. If your name is Kim, there's a 95 percent chance you're Asian.
This inherent bias results in an astonishing one in six Hispanics, one in seven Asian-Americans and one in nine African-Americans in Crosscheck states landing on the list. Was the program designed to target voters of color? "I'm a data guy," Swedlund says. "I can't tell you what the intent was. I can only tell you what the outcome is. And the outcome is discriminatory against minorities."
In 2013, Kobach put 37,000 Kansans on a suspended voter roll. In 2016, he again tried to pull these un-American shenanigans and once again, a judge intervened.
A Shawnee County judge has ruled that 17,500 voters can have their votes counted in state and local races as well as federal ones in Tuesday’s Kansas primary election.
“Losing one’s vote is an irreparable harm in my opinion,” Judge Larry Hendricks said in his ruling Friday.
Make no mistake about it, they intend to block minority voters at every turn in 2018 and in 2020. The sham commission on voter fraud was disbanded, but they’ve been fine-tuning mass voter disenfranchisement and discrimination for years now and they will definitely try to take their act nationwide again.