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Can Kobach prove double voting was intentional?

The Kansas City Star’s interview with the attorney representing two of the three people charged with voter fraud by Secretary of State Kris Kobach highlighted a potential problem with Kobach’s first exercise of his new prosecutorial powers: Can he show that they had criminal intent? The lawyer for Steven and Betty Gaedtke acknowledged that they applied for and submitted advance ballots in Johnson County for the 2010 general election but also voted in person in Arkansas after several months of sorting and moving belongings. “It was a stressful time for them and in the confusion they made a mistake,” said Trey Pettlon. Earlier this year Kobach wrote that “double voting occurs when a person intentionally votes twice in two different jurisdictions.” – Rhonda Holman