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Kobach wins 2nd conviction in double-voting prosecution

In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach presides over the Kansas House while new members are sworn in during the opening day of the Kansas legislature in Topeka, Kan.

In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach presides over the Kansas House while new members are sworn in during the opening day of the Kansas legislature in Topeka, Kan.

April 22, 2016, 1:57 p.m. Updated April 22, 2016, 2:14 p.m.


— A new state law that gives Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach the power to prosecute election fraud allegations has notched its second conviction.

Randal Kilian, 62, pleaded guilty Thursday in Ellis County District Court to a misdemeanor for illegally voting in both Kansas and Colorado and agreed to pay a $2,500 fine, The Wichita Eagle reported. As part of the plea, two companion charges were dropped.

Kilian was registered as a Republican in the western Kansas town of Hays when he voted illegally in two states in 2012. He's now a Colorado resident.

"The heavy fine of $2,500 shows how seriously we take voter fraud in Kansas," Kobach said. "Prosecuting these crimes sends the message to Kansas citizens that their vote absolutely matters and will be protected. It also sends the message to others contemplating double voting that in Kansas you will be caught, and the penalty will be severe."

The first conviction was in December when 60-year-old Steven K. Gaedtke admitted to a misdemeanor and paid a $500 fine.

Gaedtke and his wife, Betty, applied for advance voting ballots in Johnson County for the 2010 general election and submitted them while they were traveling back and forth over several months from Olathe to a home in Arkansas. During that time, they also voted in person in Arkansas.

Charges against Betty Gaedtke were dropped earlier this month because the signature on her allegedly illegal absentee ballot did not match her actual signature, Kansas secretary of state spokesman Chris McCullah said.


Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 2 years, 2 months ago

Kilian? Is that Irish? Is he not a citizen? How many non citizens has he arrested now?

Michael Kaufman 2 years, 2 months ago

NONE!!!!!!! They were all white, American , republicans.

Bob Forer 2 years, 2 months ago

It has gotten so bad that Kobach is now eating his own. What a scoundrel. The guy has absolutely no shame.

Bob Forer 2 years, 2 months ago

Obviously, there are very very few illegal immigrants voting. After all this work and all Kobach could find were a few old Republicans living near the border with another state. I wonder what all those special prosecutors are doing which Kobach requested from the legislature. Perhaps looking under everyone's bed for illegal immigrant voters.

Tom Weiss 2 years, 2 months ago

How much has Kobach spent on this wild goose chase?

Barb Gordon 2 years, 2 months ago

A lot more than he recouped in fines, that's for sure.

Joe Andrew 2 years, 2 months ago

Are you referring to our catholic governor?

Bob Forer 2 years, 2 months ago

I think you are over the top, Mr. Finnnell, in categorically disrespecting all Catholics. My mother was raised Catholic and she comes from good and decent people., You bigotry against Catholics is very ugly and uncalled for. Your nastiness is downright deplorable, and thoroughly and patently un-American.

I stand with Bernie Sanders. Bernie has a lot of respect and admiration for Pope Francis, as do I. Shame on you.

Charles Wolfe 2 years, 2 months ago

Millions & years & years of searching for ghosts. Wow 2 criminals, & $2,500 in fines. Way to go Kowback. Brother by a different mother to Brownback. He claimed he found 6.

Barb Gordon 2 years, 2 months ago

Oooh, he got two people to plea to misdemeanor charges and pay a fine that likely is no more than an inconvenience for someone with homes in two states. Pure kabuki theater, this.

David Smith 2 years, 2 months ago

Oh BOY. Kobach has caught FOUR people, ALL of whom were Republicans. One old couple who's husband registered for the couple and voted in two states and now this guy. Wonder just how much he has spent on these two cases??? Kansas IS a cesspool due to Brownbag and Kobach... and yet the people keep electing these people. Kobach has his eyes on Brownbags office I PROMISE you... and I'll lay money the people elect him. They truly deserve everything they are getting. NO highway improvement, delay of at least two years of pension payments they will have to make up, higher sales tax on some items that will hit the poor and middle class, and continual cuts to education. Sounds like a place I want to live.... NOT....

Joe Young 2 years, 2 months ago

The heavy fine of $2500 shows how seriously they take this? At that rate, to recover the costs associated with finding them and prosecuting them, we'll only need about another 350,000 convictions.

Don Brennaman 2 years, 2 months ago

Are you trying to define something that is stupid?

Barb Gordon 2 years, 2 months ago

1960 called to ask for their argument against electing Kennedy back.

Charles Almon 2 years, 2 months ago

This sounds like simple honest mistakes to me, What a waste of time and money. Wasn't Kobach the idiot who out Spanish language mailings to Latino voters with deliberate times and days in error. TALK ABOUT FRAUD,

Carol Bowen 2 years, 2 months ago

""The heavy fine of $2,500 shows how seriously we take voter fraud in Kansas," Kobach said. "

Seriously? Where are the illegal immigrants who have voted?

Charles Wolfe 2 years, 2 months ago

Republicans consider anybody voting Democratic, as a illegal voter.

Michael Kaufman 2 years, 2 months ago

Good!!! Time we got those fraudulent republican voters put in jail, for the crimes that the GOP always blames on the opposition.

Chuck Holder 2 years, 2 months ago

Way to go Kris that's two republicans you've prosecuted so far.
So the score now stands at 2 republicans, 0 democrats.
Keep up the good work. Maybe you can find a few more republicans to arrest. By the way where are all those "Mexican" illegals you were going to find and prosecute? How much has your witch hunt cost the taxpayers of Kansas? At $2500 a pop you're going to have to find a lot more than that to breakeven. After all your buddy old brownie needs the money to fill all the gaps in his budget and you're not helping with only adding what $5000 to the pot.

Nick Naidenov 2 years, 2 months ago

Since he's on a multi million dollar crusade to prosecute petty crimes why not go after those tax dodgers that file fraudulent building permits? He's well educated on such matters.

Evert Robinson 2 years, 2 months ago

This guy looks like a horses a#s over this. He stired up all sorts of resentment over voter fraud.Now all this time has passed and he found 2, not 200,000 but 2. These people have to be dumb as a brick to believe his right wing fire and brimestone approuch. I can hear the sunday sermon now" Our man caught 2 of those evil libral devil worshippers and that's only the beginning. Have faith people,and give him all your money so he can purge this ungodly presence from our holy state."

Bert Chadwick 2 years, 2 months ago

The cesspool divers of the GOP have NEVER.. before any court in our country been able to prove Voter Fraud...In three decades three cases of wrong ID and one someone who moved from a state and register in different state and had not the decency to inform about it..I happened that such person voted REPUBLICAN..It's all over the news archives. It is what it is. Simple. Facts don't lie, like the GOP Please no direct replies there is no reason to. No reason to waste time and talent.

Greg Cooper 2 years, 1 month ago

Kevin, you are lying, again, and spreading disinformation, again, and to what end? None but that you look to be the conniving, rule-breaking, silly little boy that you are.

Do you really have no respect for reality?

Bert Chadwick 2 years, 2 months ago

Koback is a "maldito" some of my Latino friends would say. (I believe it means a damned.)

Don Brennaman 2 years, 2 months ago

If I own property in 2 counties will I be prosecuted if I vote in both on local issues? I guess the fines will be higher if he ever catches an illegal democrat.

Joe Miller 2 years, 2 months ago

Just vote in the State/Community that you consider to be your "Primary" residence. The address you put on your Federal tax form

Michael Kort 2 years, 2 months ago

Well, now that Kobach has won TWO CASES there must be millions of illegal alien voters on their way to a well deserved U S jail sentence !..............but wait ?.........not a single illegal alien caught voting in Kansas !.........and just a hand full of "The Entitled To Scam The System Re-Publicans" have been.......... "WHATEVERED" !by Chris .

Kobach,..... who could have been out registering voters has instead chosen to spend years and tons of money on "KOBACH HELPERS" for the "SOSs' Bureau of Whatever ?" only to catch a bunch of aged "entitled Re-Publicans" who after all should be entitled ( as part of "the lords party" ) to do anything that they want to do to anyone !!! ( item comes with no batteries.....but voter fraud is included in the package )

Kobach has to catch somebody........and if he found any "Democratic voter evia-doers" he will probably save them until right before the next general election.....or just invent a few of them that don't really exist, from Mexico, Pluto, Hell, Etc.., to weisel the vote and rally the fearfull with the familiar last minute mindless TV mobbing calls to the bird brains who elected our morally bankrupt state legislature and brownie ( the man who can destroy this state ) with their helpful assistance .

Clara Westphal 2 years, 2 months ago

A couple of years ago, there was a woman in front of me in the voting line. She had advanced voted and was trying to vote in person. Of course, the poll workers had it on their computers that she had already voted.

Cille King 2 years, 2 months ago

Sometimes a citizen will request a ballot by mail, then not mail it back in time, so they go to the polls to vote. Advanced ballots can not be turned into the precinct polling place. The poll workers should have given her a provisional ballot. Then the election official would determine if the mailed ballot was received. If it was, the provisional ballot would not be counted. If the mailed was not received in time, the provisional ballot would be counted.

Calvin Anders 2 years, 2 months ago

I'm sure Kris has dozens, if not hundreds, of genuine illegal alien, impersonation type voter fraud cases all lined up. He just has to get through these few, super high priority, geriatric, two state voting cases that threaten the very fabric of our democracy. Then he will be locking up impersonation voters in droves. We might have to build some more jails to hold them all. Let's hope it's not too big a burden on the courts.

Kevin Millikan 2 years, 2 months ago

Damn Republican scofflaws..Good thing Richard Head was on top of it..

David Wooten 2 years, 2 months ago

Hum, wasn't this illegal before all the silly Republican ID laws? Didn't these people all have the proper ID? Seems that the "integrity" of the vote isn't helped at all with those laws that do nothing but disenfranchise those people most likely to vote for a Democrat. Republicans are anti-American. They think the first letter of the Constitution is an "M" rather than a "W" (think about it).

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