It’s no wonder Kris Kobach keeps getting smacked down in the courts on his attempts to restrict voting, as happened yet again Wednesday. The Kansas Secretary of State just isn’t that smart with numbers.
Let’s look at Kobach’s latest ignorant general statement on voting, which he made to Channel 41 in Kansas City and to Politico’s Glenn Thrush. (And for the full, extended inanity of Kobach on voting and other matters, here is a recent must-read of his comments in The Butler County Times-Gazette.)
Let me allow Kobach to state his “case.”
He told Channel 41 that 25 non-citizens registered or tried to register to vote in Sedgwick County, home of Wichita. “Extrapolate that. That’s 25 in one county alone. We have 105 counties in Kansas and 25 is just the tip of the iceberg. That would suggest that statewide we probably have well over a thousand aliens on our voter rolls….”
Kobach told Politico the same thing about 25 or so illegal immigrants trying to register to vote in Sedgwick County. “Extrapolate,” Kobach said. “That’s just one county — 25 people in three years. You’re talking probably well over 1,000 statewide over a longer period of time.”
Yeah, Kris, let’s “extrapolate” that.
Do the math.
Divide 100 percent by 17.57 percent, and the multiplier is 5.69. Multiply 5.69 by 25 and here’s what we get.
The actual “extrapolated” figure is 142 possible non-citizens trying to register to vote all across Kansas — not even close to “well over 1,000 statewide,” as Kobach naively claimed.
And remember, this isn’t even non-citizens who succeeded in voting. That number could be zero. Let me extrapolate that for Kris Kobach: Zero times 105 counties is … zero fraudulent votes.
Which also is the amount of credibility Kobach deserves on the issue of voter fraud these days.