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Kobach’s office files 2 new election fraud cases in Kansas

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach speaks during a news conference Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in Topeka.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach speaks during a news conference Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in Topeka.

August 31, 2017, 12:51 p.m. Updated August 31, 2017, 1:41 p.m.

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— Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office has filed two new criminal election fraud cases, including one alleging that a non-U.S. citizen illegally attempted to vote last year.

The three felony charges filed earlier this month in Johnson County against Sergio Salgado-Juarez marked the second time in two years that Kobach's office has prosecuted a noncitizen for voting or attempting to vote. Legislators gave his office the authority to prosecute election fraud cases in 2015, making him the only top state elections official in the nation with that power.

Ten of the 12 cases filed by Kobach's office have charged people with voting illegally in Kansas while voting in the same elections in other states. His office filed four felony charges earlier this month in Franklin County against David E. Haddock, alleging he voted there last year while also voting in Colorado.

Kobach is vice chairman of President Donald Trump's commission on election fraud and has promoted Trump's unsubstantiated claim of widespread illegal voting last year. Of the 12 cases Kobach's office has filed, nine have ended with convictions or guilty pleas, including the other case of a noncitizen voting. Defendants have been fined from $500 to $6,000 but have received no prison time.

Kobach said in a statement that tough state voter identification laws he's championed are "vital" to keeping elections secure, "but there are still some instances of voter fraud that we can't prevent beforehand."

"In these cases we prosecute afterward in order to deter others," he said.

Telephone listings for Salgado-Juarez in Olathe and Haddock in Wellsville were disconnected, and it wasn't clear from court records whether they have attorneys. Salgado-Juarez has a court appearance scheduled for Sept. 20.

Both cases were filed Aug. 17 by Kobach's chief deputy, Eric Rucker.

Critics contend the voter identification laws championed by Kobach suppress turnout and that Kobach's office hasn't prosecuted enough election fraud cases to justify them.

House Minority Leader Jim Ward, a Wichita Democrat, said the latest cases are "a long, long, long, way" from Trump's contention that several million illegal votes were cast against him in last year's presidential election.

"It proves the point that Kris is a solution in search of a problem there," Ward said.

Comments

Theodore Calvin 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Whew. I guess these two now make the ends justify the means. Way to go Kobach! (sarcasm)

Phillip Chappuie 5 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm just glad we don't have to worry about those aliens swaying out elections here in Kansas. This guy attempted to vote? Does that mean he did not vote? What about the other single case of an alien voting? Frankly I'm more worried about all the people that simply put an X next to any name with a R beside it. Lot of damage being done there.

Bob Forer 5 months, 3 weeks ago

If they gave out a yearly jackass award kobach would be qualifying each and every year.

Paul Beyer 5 months, 3 weeks ago

So, based on krissie's fraud charges of 2 alleged voting or attempted to vote. Simple extrapolation based on Kansas population of 3 million (0.009%) vs the countries total population of 326 million (100%) , there would show that 222 un-qualified people either tried to vote or register to vote! What a major problem, definitely shows why trump lost the popular vote by 3 million votes.

MerriAnnie Smith 5 months, 3 weeks ago

How many since 2015? huh?

Wait, how are people who vote or attempt to vote fraudulently going to actually change any elections if they can't do better than that?

Has anybody seen a count of how many people were charged with fraudulent voting (not attempting to, but actually doing it) for the entire country for an election yet? I'm talking about their being charged for it.

That number would no doubt bring Kobach and Trump to shameful embarassment if they had any shame.

Michael Kort 5 months, 3 weeks ago

To Take What Ward said one step further " A MAKE BELIEVE SOLUTION..... IN SEARCH OF A MAKE BELIEVE PROBLEM " .

A good part of Texas is in very, very, very expensive ruins !.......and we face a potential 3rd war at once with North Korea

What does " Americas Nero " waht to do ?......aside from being " Kobach's Patron In Chief " ?

" HE WANTS TO BUILD HIS WALL "...............MADNESS ! ! !........INSANE ! ! !........MINDLESS ! ! !

Tracy Rogers 5 months, 3 weeks ago

I'd be interested to know how many man hours and tax dollars have been used to find and process those 12 cases.

Bob Reinsch 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Well, that convinces me. Time for a complete audit of our state election system. Analyse the trends, use forensic analysis techniques to identify the mathematical anomalies, and identify these malevolent forces trying to destroy our republic!

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