“Bills target Kobach’s voter fraud legacy; 3 1/2 years, no illegal immigrants caught”

Wichita Eagle:

A big piece of Kris Kobach’s legacy appears to be on its way out as Kansas lawmakers move forward on parallel tracks to repeal the authority of the secretary of state to prosecute election crimes.

The House Judiciary Committee is considering one bill to do that, introduced by Rep. John Carmichael, D-Wichita. The House Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice is considering a slightly different version requested by Attorney General Derek Schmidt last week….

In the 3½ years since Kobach was given the authority, his office prosecuted between 10 and 15 cases of voting fraud.

None of the defendants were illegal immigrants, said Katie Koupal, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state’s office.

Two defendants were legal immigrants who were entitled to be here but not to vote, she said.

The others were citizens who double-voted in the same election, usually because they owned property in multiple states, she said.


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