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Kansas Secretary Of State Files More Voter Fraud Charges

Stephen Koranda
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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will pursue three more cases of voter fraud for alleged double voting. Kobach discussed the cases during a meeting at the Statehouse yesterday.

The three new cases come from Johnson, Ellis and Sedgwick Counties. In all three, the people are accused of voting more than once in an election.

Democratic state Rep. Tom Sawyer told Kobach that it doesn’t seem like voter fraud to him if someone voted twice when they thought they could and didn’t have criminal intent. Kobach says it’s important to prosecute the crimes.

“I think it’s absolutely essential that we take the principal of one person one vote seriously. I would add this, too: Typically when someone is caught in a crime of this nature, they’re going to say ‘I didn’t know I did that,'” Kobach says.

Lawmakers gave Kobach the power to prosecute voting crimes last year. He filed his first three charges of double voting in October.

Stephen Koranda is Statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio and the Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KCUR, KMUW, Kansas Public Radio and High Plains Radio covering health, education and politics.