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‘Quite a few’ non-Kansans voted in state in 2014?

Responding to a Kansas City Star commentary about his new prosecutorial powers, Secretary of State Kris Kobach clarified that someone is not guilty of double voting if he returns a mail-in ballot and then shows up at the polls to cast a provisional ballot. “Real double voting occurs when a person intentionally votes twice in two different jurisdictions. And it happens with alarming regularity,” Kobach wrote. “Indeed, it appears that quite a few non-Kansans saw the media reports about Kansas’ close races for governor and senator last November, and they decided to cast ballots in both Kansas and their states of residence.” As specific evidence that voter fraud occurs in Kansas, Kobach again cited a 1997 Seward County special election on hog farming. – Rhonda Holman