TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is supporting President-elect Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that he would have won the popular vote if “millions” of people hadn’t voted illegally.
“I think the President-Elect is absolutely correct when he says the number of illegal votes casts exceeds the popular vote margin between him and Hillary Clinton at this point,” Kobach said.
He offered no evidence Wednesday of specific cases of election fraud this year.
Instead, he cited a large-scale study of the 2008 election to suggest several million non-citizens living in the U.S. could have voted illegally. He also argued that the overwhelming majority also would have supported Democrat Hillary Clinton.
“There is roughly 28 million aliens of all categories, legal, illegal, temporary, green card, 28 million,” Kobach said. “If 11.3 percent voted again consistent with 2008, you’d have 3.2 million aliens voting in the presidential election.”
The study Kobach cited surveyed nearly 33,000 people, including a small number of non-citizens who said they voted. But the conclusion that it shows significant illegal voting has been disputed.
An American Civil Liberties Union spokeswoman called Kobach’s assertion “plainly false.” and said there has been no such proof of voter fraud.
Kobach said, “proof is hard to come by.”
Kobach is a potential Trump nominee for U.S. Homeland Security Secretary.