Kobach witness can’t support claim that illegal votes helped Hillary Clinton

The Topeka Capital-Journal,  March 14, 2018

Jesse Richman endured a blistering critique Tuesday of his estimate of 18,000 noncitizen voters in Kansas and said he couldn’t support claims by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote because more than 3 million illegal ballots were cast in the 2016 presidential election.

Richman, who teaches political science at Old Dominion University, testified as an expert witness for Kobach in a trial over the state’s voter registration law. Kobach, who is seeking the GOP nomination in this year’s governor’s race, has referred to the 18,000 figure as the best available estimate for showing proof of citizenship is needed to address widespread voter fraud. ...

Richman confirmed his research is intended for a popular audience, none of it has been reviewed by peers, and 200 political scientists signed a letter condemning his work. ...

Stephen Ansolabehere, a professor of government at Harvard who developed a data source Richman used for some estimates, said Richman’s analysis of suspended voters actually shows the majority are legal residents who were denied the right to vote.

By Sherman Smith

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