Since 2011 it often has seemed as if Kris Kobach really wished he were a crime-fighting attorney general rather than the record-keeping secretary of state. Not coincidentally, on Thursday the House sent a bill to the governor that will add “prosecutor” to Kobach’s duties. During the long debate, many fine reasons were given for why any secretary of state – and especially the aggressively partisan Kobach – shouldn’t be granted such power. One of the best was mentioned in an explanation of vote seconded by seven Wichita Democrats and others: “Kansas has already vested the authority to prosecute voter fraud in county and district attorneys elected at the local level. Allowing the secretary of state to overstep a locally elected leader’s power impedes on local control.” – Rhonda Holman
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