Kansas’ Kobach Files Criminal Charges in Voter Cases

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Shortly after President Trump dismantled his voter fraud commission, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach filed criminal charges against two people he says voted illegally in the 2016 election, the Kansas City Star reports. Kobach, a candidate for Kansas governor who had served as the commission’s vice chair, obtained prosecutorial power in 2015 and is the only secretary of state in the nation with such authority. He has filed charges against 15 people since then for a variety of election crimes, resulting in nine convictions or plea deals and one dismissal.

Most of those cases have involved U.S. citizens who have allegedly voted in more than one jurisdiction rather than non-citizens, despite Kobach’s claims that hundreds of non-citizens are on the voter rolls. Kobach charged Que Fullmer, 67, with two counts of voting without being qualified, one count of voting more than once and one count of “advance voting unlawful acts” for allegedly casting ballots in both Colorado and Kansas. Bailey Ann McCaughey, 20, also faces one count of election perjury and one count of voting more than once for allegedly voting in both Colorado and Kansas. Trump disbanded the commission as it faced lawsuits and resistance from numerous states after Kobach’s request for personal information on every U.S. voter. Trump, who has repeatedly claimed without proof that millions of illegal votes cost him the popular vote in 2016, shifted the duty of investigating voter fraud to the Department of Homeland Security.

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