TOPEKA — The Kansas Secretary of State’s Office has set up a website and phone hotline for Kansans to report suspected cases of voter fraud.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach successfully pushed for the power to prosecute voter fraud this past legislative session.
His office has updated the secretary of state’s website with a tab for Kansans to report suspected cases of voter fraud. If you click on the link, you’ll see a message from Kobach warning about the dangers of voter fraud.
“In order to ensure that Kansas elections are among the most secure in the nation, we must safeguard our voting process. Election and voter fraud undermines the precious right of each citizen to be heard at the ballot box,” the message states.
People can then either fill out an online form describing the incident or call in a report to a “Stop Voter Fraud” hotline at 800-262-8683.
Possible violations include voting irregularities, corrupt political advertising, election bribery, election forgery, disorderly election conduct, intimidation of voters, voting without being qualified and voting twice in the same election, according to an e-mail from Deputy Secretary of State Bryan Caskey.
Rep. John Carmichael, a Wichita Democrat who has sparred with Kobach on the issue, said the secretary of state’s office already had the power to take complaints about voter fraud before the law change this year. The office then had to refer those cases to local district attorneys for prosecution; now Kobach has the power to prosecute those cases as well.
Local prosecutions of voter fraud have been rare.
Carmichael said Kobach has yet to demonstrate widespread voter fraud and voiced concerned that he will pursue “less than meritorious cases.”
“That’s what we have to keep our eye on,” Carmichael said.