Democrats are calling for the resignation of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R). He is currently the vice chair of a commission that investigates elections and examines claims of voter fraud.
The commission is already dealing with lawsuits for violating federal laws including the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980, the 1974 Privacy Act, and the 2002 E-Government Act. The commission claims that it does not have to follow those laws because it is not a government agency.
Now, four House Democrats have sent a request to Vice President Mike Pence to have Kobach step down from his position on the commission. Mike Pence is acting as the commission’s chair. The letter calling for Kobach’s resignation was signed by Elijah Cummings (Md.), Robert Brady (Pa.), Bennie Thompson (Miss.), and John Conyers (Mich.).
Amid all of the controversy surrounding the commission, the members have yet to meet. Their first meeting is planned for Wednesday. In addition to the lawsuits facing the commission as a whole, Kobach is being accused personally of using his position as vice chair for his own political gain in the election for governor in Kansas. That would violate the Hatch Act of 1939. That law is meant to prevent federal employees from aiding candidates directly. The legal group that claims Kobach is violating the Hatch Act says that he has been using social media accounts and a website all attributed to his campaign to promote his role on the commission.
This has all led to the four House Democrats requesting his resignation. They also say that Kobach has repeatedly claimed that voter fraud is occurring but has not yet been able to produce any proof of that.