Bill targets voter fraud responsibility

State News

January 23, 2019 - 10:42 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Committees in the Kansas House are considering two bills that would repeal the secretary of state’s authority to prosecute election crimes, which was established after a long political fight by former Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Kobach had argued that his office should be able to prosecute election crimes to stop what he contended was widespread fraudulent voting by immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. He was given authority over election fraud in 2015.

In 3½ years, Kobach prosecuted 10 to 15 cases of voter fraud. None of the defendants were immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, said Katie Koupal, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state’s office. Two were immigrants who had legal permission to live in the U.S. but who were not eligible to vote. The others were U.S. citizens who voted in two states, usually because they had land in several states.

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