Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will officially have the power to prosecute voter fraud starting Wednesday. The power was granted to him through a bill signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback in early June. Kobach has been a staunch advocate of strict voting laws, including Kansas’ controversial proof-of-citizenship requirements on state voter registration forms.
Kobach said that with his prosecutorial powers, his office will first focus on cases of “double voting.”
“It’s easy to get registered in two states, and that’s not a crime. What is a crime is going ahead and voting in both states, and that does happen with some regularity,” Kobach said. “We have to make sure we deter that crime and when people do double vote, that they pay a fine.”