Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach highlighted some state policies Wednesday as he helped lead the first meeting of a federal election integrity commission. The group discussed voter fraud and ways states can spot it by sharing information.
Kobach used examples from Kansas, including the Crosscheck program for comparing voter registrations across states. He said Kansas has also used jury duty records from state courts to find people on the voter rolls who aren't citizens.
“We weren’t getting it until we asked for it and then finally had to pass a statue to get it, and I’m certain that we’re not getting it yet from the federal courts,” said Kobach.
Kobach’s critics have said voter crimes are rare and Kansas policies to prevent fraud have blocked citizens from voting.
The meeting comes a day after the NAACP filed a lawsuit aimed at blocking the commission's work, saying it might be used to “manufacture” evidence of voter fraud. Members of the commission said their work will continue and they have no preconceived notions of what they'll find.