Kris Kobach set to pursue longstanding voter fraud allegations

by - May 07, 2013

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) is likely to be granted the power to investigate and prosecute election fraud cases, the Associated Press reported on Friday. Both the state House and Senate have approved bills that would allow Kobach’s office the expanded purview, and Kobach said he is optimistic that a final version of the proposal will be agreed upon when state lawmakers reconvene this week. Under current state law, Kobach is required to refer cases of suspected voter fraud to county or federal prosecutors. But he has argued that both they and state Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s (R) office are too busy to adequately pursue such cases. “We just want to make sure that somebody with prosecutorial experience goes after these cases,” said Kobach, a former law professor and advisor to former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney who helped write Arizona’s so-called “papers please” immigration law.

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