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Kansas Secretary of State Gets Power to Prosecute Voter Fraud

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (Image credit: Stephen Koranda)
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (Image credit: Stephen Koranda)

Starting today (WED), Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach officialy has the power to prosecure voter fraud.  The power was granted to Kobach through a bill signed into law by Governor Sam Brownback earlier this month. Kobach has been a staunch advocate of strict voting laws, including Kansas’s controversial proof of citizenship requirements that are on state registration forms. He says that with his new prosecutorial powers, his office will first focus on cases of double voting. Kobach says that double registration can happen easily...for example, when a person moves from state to state and is registered in both places. What constitutes a crime, however, is voting in both places. Kobach says this happens with some regularity, and he believes states should aggressively deter double voting by demanding that when it occurs, the offenders have to pay a fine.  Kobach says the voter fraud cases he’s given to prosecutors have gone ignored in the past. U.S. District Attorney Barry Grissom has said that he hasn’t received any such cases from Kansas.