Another legislative session coming up, another attempted overreach by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. The conservative Republican has said he will again ask the Legislature to give his office the power to search out and prosecute suspected cases of voter fraud. Let’s hope lawmakers turn him down, as they did the last time he asked. Prosecuting voter fraud is currently the job of county prosecutors. Kobach says those offices are overworked, and voter fraud isn’t a high priority with them.
That may be because there is so little evidence that it actually takes place. In Kansas, as elsewhere, documented cases of voter fraud are few and far between.
Kobach has reported no suspected cases of fraud from the November election. However, 838 voters had to cast provisional ballots because they couldn’t produce the identification required by Kansas’ new voter ID law.