Short cords are a pain in the butt but it is a safety issue.
They don't want you to drop a live wire/appliance in the sink.
Yes, Some folks do.
Outlets now need to be every 4 feet along the countertop and no closer then 12 inches from the sink.
Find a Crockpot that fits your needs and use an extension cord.
A lot of building codes and product safety requirements are for liability reasons.
Personally I believe people can sort these issues out for themselves if given the chance