Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has announced three new charges for allegations of double voting. Kobach told a legislative committee today (MON) about the cases, which are from Johnson, Ellis and Sedgwick counties.
Democratic Representative Tom Sawyer said in some of the cases filed so far it looks like the people may have thought they were allowed to vote in two states. He said that doesn’t sound like intent to commit a crime.
Kobach replied that it’s important to prosecute voter fraud.
“Whenever an illegal vote is cast two things happen, number one, that cancels out someone’s legal vote. And number two, if it’s a close election, those illegal votes may swing the result,” said Kobach.
The Kansas Legislature gave Kobach the power to prosecute crimes last year. He filed his first three charges of voter fraud last year.