Zombie voters on the loose in Kansas

ZOMBIE VOTERS ON THE LOOSE IN KANSAS…. In “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” there’s a rather macabre scene in which a mortician comes through, asking townspeople to bring out their dead. One man brings out a body for the cart, but the body starts speaking. “I’m not dead!” the old man says.

I wonder if Kris Kobach has seen it.

If Kobach’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he used to serve as the chairman of the Kansas Republican Party, where he boasted about his aggressive — and successful — “voter caging” efforts. More recently, he helped craft and manipulate Arizona’s immigration laws to make harassment of minorities easier.

Kobach is now running to be Secretary of State in Kansas, where he’s railing against alleged “voter fraud.” Last week, he even claimed to have uncovered evidence of dead people registered to vote in the state — and in some cases, he said, the dead are even casting ballots.

The problem, of course, is that those Kobach thinks are dead are actually feeling just fine, thank you very much. (thanks to B.G. for the tip)

[Kobach] gave an example of one person — Alfred K. Brewer, a Republican, registered in Sedgwick County with a birth date listed of Jan. 1, 1900. Brewer, according to the comparison of Social Security records and Kansas voter rolls, had died in 1996 yet had voted in the August primary, Kobach said.

Reached Thursday at his home where he was raking leaves, Brewer, 78, was surprised some people thought he was dead.

“I don’t think this is heaven, not when I’m raking leaves,” he said.

Brewer, who lives in Wichita, said he has been an active voter since he could vote. He first registered to vote in Kansas in 1964. He said he plans to cast a ballot Tuesday.

Apparently, local officials used a placeholder date of Jan. 1, 1900 when they didn’t know someone’s birthdate, and when Brewer registered back in the day, he simply wrote his age — not his birthday — on his voter registration card.

Keep in mind, when Kobach cited Brewer as an example of voter fraud, he boasted to reporters, “We have done some of our own research and it is amazing what you find.”

Amazing, indeed.

Now, I realize that Kobach is a bit of a nut and his right-wing ideology no doubt clouds his judgment, but did it not occur to him to maybe check on whether Alfred K. Brewer is actually dead before using his name as an example of a dead man voting?