Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Wednesday secured his fourth voter fraud conviction in a case against a Wichita man accused of double voting in Kansas and Colorado at least twice – and Kobach said he plans to file more cases soon. “Stay tuned. We expect that we will be filing some additional cases in the very near future,” Kobach said in an interview after Ron Weems pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts in Sedgwick County District Court and agreed to pay $5,500 in fines. Weems, 77, is the latest Kansan to be convicted of election crimes since the Legislature granted Kobach’s office prosecutorial authority over such allegations last July.
Weems was registered to vote in Wichita and Teller County, Colo., and did so in both states in the 2012 and 2014 general elections, leading to his criminal charges.
Cases of three other Kansans accused of double voting have reached similar conclusions – with misdemeanor convictions agreed to in plea deals and fines ranging from $500 to $5,500.
As of Wednesday, a fifth case, filed in Sherman County against Lincoln Wilson, was headed to trial, Kobach said. Charges against a sixth Kansan were dropped last month.