Kansas Secretary Of State Close To Getting Expanded Power

Posted 12 months ago

By Post Staff

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(AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is close to winning legislative approval for new power for his office to investigate and prosecute election fraud cases.

Kobach said Friday he’s optimistic lawmakers will approve the bill when they reconvene next week to wrap up their business for the year.

The House and Senate have approved different versions of Kobach’s bill, setting up negotiations over the final version. Lead House negotiator Lance Kinzer said Kobach’s proposal is on track to pass.

Under current law, Kobach’s office can collect reports of election irregularities but must turn them over to county, state or federal prosecutors to pursue. Kobach argues those officials are often too busy with other cases.

Democrats still have misgivings about the Republican secretary of state’s proposal.


  • 2 cents

    Election fraud in Kansas is a red herring (a trick, a diversion, a decoy) to gain, hold and retain political advantage over opponents. Radical conservatives, confidently ensconced in Topeka rejoice while reasonable people of Kansas despair.

  • picanym

    You’re right, 2 cents. There’s no good reason for this move, but it’s on a par with Kobach’s other political maneuvering. The nutty wing of one party is running this state and we’ll all pay for it sooner or later.

  • John Smith

    @2 cents & picanym
    You guy/gals are absolutely right, there is no way that Kansas could ever have election fraud like Ohio, right?