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Kobach to start voter fraud prosecutions in September

August 6, 2015


— Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he'll start prosecuting voter fraud cases in September and will focus on cases of double voting from the 2010 election.

KWCH reports Kobach's office is aiming for mid-September to begin filing charges.

Double voting refers to when a person casts a ballot in more than one jurisdiction in the same election. Kobach said his office has been working with other states to get documents to support the claims of double voting.

Kobach won the authority to prosecute election crimes during this past legislative session. That authority to prosecute, which he sought, went into effect July 1.

Many Democratic lawmakers have expressed concern that Kobach will pursue unnecessary prosecutions.


Larry Sturm 2 years, 10 months ago

Koback is the biggest voter fraud we have.

Paul Beyer 2 years, 10 months ago

His first prosecution should be himself for all his own suppression actions.

Rick Masters 2 years, 10 months ago

So he'll be prosecuting the exact same number of voter fraud cases that he does currently? Got it.

Steve King 2 years, 10 months ago

Is he going to audit the voting machines in Wichita?

William Weissbeck 2 years, 10 months ago

Let's see if he has anything. My guess is that he's going to find students who registered and voted in Kansas, but were still registered at their parents' addresses elsewhere. Or he's going to have a bunch of similar names. Given that 2010 was a GOP blowout - he's likely only going to find GOP fraud. I'd like to see what he has, because he and a bunch of GOP Secrs of State are sharing his duplicate voter lists to strike voters from the 2016 election.

Joshua Montgomery 2 years, 10 months ago

I want to clarify for any students reading this: It is fine to register to vote in Lawrence provided you do not vote twice in the same election.

Students are permitted to, and should be encouraged to, participate in Lawrence elections.

Jeff Kilgore 2 years, 10 months ago

How ironic. Has anyone at the LJ W read this unbelievable article? The writer suspects that Kobach and the GOP may have committed election fraud a few years ago.

Greg Cooper 2 years, 10 months ago

Yes, this was reported in Topeka and Wichita. Reads like real political machine move, doesn't it?

The issue is that this mathematician has not accused anyone of anything, but the mere thought that there might be state-sponsored and covered up issues is enough to throw Kobach's self-preservation instincts into high gear. Thus, the state is attemnpting to block any investigation that might open to the light of day any improprieties, official or not, intended or not.

Richard Heckler 2 years, 10 months ago

50 Years After Voting Rights Act, A New Fight for Democracy Demanded

"On this 50th anniversary, rather than pay tribute to the act's original passage, we must fight for its restoration."

Ralph Reed 2 years, 10 months ago

Nothing to say that I've not said before, except the "persecutions" in the headline is spelled incorrectly.

The headline should read, "Kobach to start voter fraud persecutions in September"

Ken Lassman 2 years, 10 months ago

The radio quote from Kobach said that there might be as many as 12 folks who voted in Kansas and elsewhere. Compare that with over 18,000 voters who were denied to vote in state elections because even though they met federal regulations to vote in federal elections, they had not produced sufficient evidence to vote in state elections. This number has gone up since Nov. 2014, so let's see...12 votes vs. maybe 20,000 suppressed votes in state elections....which one is more of a fraud????

Cille King 2 years, 10 months ago

There were about 25,000 Kansans on the voter suspense list (unable to vote) for the November 2014 election. Now there are over 35,000 on the suspense list. However, the SOS has proposed that all people on that list who have been there for over 90 days will be removed from the list. The public hearing on this regulation change will be on Sept 2. If approved (probably will be approved) the list goes from over 35,000 to around 3300 (about 1100 people are newly added to the list each month 1100 x 3 months = 3300).

What do you think? A good way for the list to get short quickly. All those people would have to start over with their voter registration.

Ken Lassman 2 years, 10 months ago

Thanks, Cille, for the update--it's worse than I estimated. And the technique for "clearing" the waiting list is brilliantly devious: declare that folks need to start over and the huge suspense list disappears! Maybe when Topeka passes an anti-nudity ordinance, Kobach will be sidelined for a bit, because that self-proclaimed emperor has been walking around without any clothes for a long time.

Lynn Grant 2 years, 10 months ago

Shouldn't take very long. Then he can look for another windmill to tilt. Unless he starts in his own office, that might take a while.

Joseph Adler 2 years, 10 months ago

Voter fraud is a minor issue in the US. Election fraud is another issue entirely. I think Brownback was reelected because of the voting machines being tampered with. How else can such a buffoon have been reelected?

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