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Kansas election results certified with few irregularities reported

November 29, 2010

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Election 2010

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— The general election results were certified on Monday, and officials said there were a few reports of ballot irregularities and no allegations of illegal immigrants trying to vote.

The Kansas State Board of Canvassers signed off on the Nov. 2 election, which produced big gains for Republicans.

“We all lost fair and square,” Democratic Secretary of State Chris Biggs quipped after chairing a meeting of the board.

Biggs was defeated in the election by Republican Kris Kobach, who said that during the campaign voter fraud was a major problem in Kansas and that he planned to push for changes to ensure that illegal immigrants weren’t voting.

Kobach, an attorney who fights in court on behalf of state and city governments trying to establish their own immigration laws, has said he will push in Kansas for measures that will require voters to show a photo ID at the polls and require people registering to vote for the first time in a given county to present proof of their citizenship.

On Monday, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Brad Bryant said there were three cases in Johnson County of people who allegedly “double voted” during the Nov. 2 election. Those are being investigated by the district attorney’s office there, he said.

He said there were no allegations of illegal immigrants trying to vote.

There were 856,831 Kansans who voted, or half of the total number of registered voters.

That 50 percent total was pretty much in line with previous nonpresidential year elections. Voting in presidential election years is much higher, with 71 percent voting in 2008.

Republicans made significant gains in the 2010 election, capturing all the statewide and congressional seats on the ballot and improving their advantage in the Kansas Legislature.

Comments

Tom Shewmon 3 years, 4 months ago

Thanks Mr. Rothschild for the follow-up and update. You're a fair and balanced LJW reporter.

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seeker_of_truth 3 years, 4 months ago

Doesn't matter, KK scared enough of the mindless, he got elected.

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billbodiggens 3 years, 4 months ago

The lack of "voter fraud' in Kansas appears to be absolutely deafening. My oh My. How are we ever going to stop all the fraud?

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bobberboy 3 years, 4 months ago

I just wish more than 50% of those registered would vote.

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jayhawklawrence 3 years, 4 months ago

We don't know a lot about Mr. Kobach, but we do know one thing for certain.

He is a liar.

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Steve Bunch 3 years, 4 months ago

Illegal Canadians must be stopped from voting. Right now, no one is guarding against the Canadians. It's our soft underbelly. Ai yi yi.

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eric1889 3 years, 4 months ago

Practice what you preach, and give President Obama an honest chance.

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kansanjayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

Give Mr. Kobach a chance you liberals...

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monheim 3 years, 4 months ago

Undocumented migrant workers are not interested in voting. I mean, we're talking about a demographic of people who are usually hesitant to even fill out their Census forms for fear it'll put them on the grid. Why on earth would they show up at a polling place and try to vote? I hate to make it seem like I'm pigeonholing an entire ethnic group, but...honestly, it's not on their radar.

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WHY 3 years, 4 months ago

Fear wins elections. Democrats should start trying it.

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deathpenaltyliberal 3 years, 4 months ago

What's the percentage of 3 allegations out of 856,831 votes? For our reality challenged righties, that's 0.00035%.

But Kris Kobach said that voter fraud is a real problem. Could he have been untruthful? Be afraid, be very afraid.

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WilburM 3 years, 4 months ago

Amazing how the Vote Kommissar Kris Kobach has been silent about fraud once elected. But don't worry, he'll find plenty of it as he seeks to make voting more restrictive.

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