Accomplished Academic Expert Discusses Impact of Voter Fraud on American Politics

Zach Barreto

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— Updated on January 7, 2022

Accomplished Academic Expert Discusses Impact of Voter Fraud on American Politics

Court: United States District Court for the District of Kansas
Jurisdiction: Federal
Case Name: Fish v. Kobach
Citation: 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 41755

Facts

The case was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Kansas, and Dechert LLP, on behalf of the League of Women Voters of Kansas and individual residents of the state. The lawsuit requested a court order forcing the state to automatically enroll thousands of Kansans who had tried to register to vote in a DMV office, but who had been denied due to their supposed failure to comply with the standards of state citizenship records. The plaintiffs retained a fraud expert witness to testify that voter fraud by non-citizens was extremely uncommon in Kansas. The fraud expert’s testimony was challenged by the defendant.

The Fraud Expert Witness

The fraud expert witness was a professor of political science and associate professor of public policy at Rutgers University-Camden. She received her bachelor of history degree from Boston University and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from the City University of New York. Prior to joining the staff of Rutgers, the expert taught at New York University and Barnard College, worked as associate director of the Center for Urban Research and Policy at Columbia University, and served as research director of the non-profit voting rights group, Project Vote.

The fraud expert’s research focused on issues related to American politics, including social justice, political conflict, and institutional change. She had also written two books on electoral law and racial and class politics in the United States. In a 2009 report she co-authored, she found contradictory and insufficient evidence that voter ID laws had decreased turnout. She offered the testimony that non-citizen registration and voting were not significant problems for the state of Kansas. She further testified that the defendant had indicted six people for voter fraud since assuming office, none of whom were non-citizens.

Discussion

The court rejected the defendant’s challenge to the qualifications of the fraud expert witness, finding that she was qualified to testify as an expert witness on the occurrence and impact of electoral fraud in contemporary American elections. The court found the defendant’s challenge to the reliability of the fraud expert witness’ methodology in arriving at her opinion should affect only the weight of her testimony and not its admissibility.

In response to the defendant’s claims that the expert’s opinion had dealt with final legal issues in the case, the court cautioned the plaintiffs to not include such testimony.

Held

The defendant’s Daubert motion to exclude the testimony offered by the plaintiffs’ fraud expert witness was denied.

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