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Kobach voter fraud case went away quietly

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Secretary of State Kris Kobach was confident last fall when he filed charges against a Johnson County couple for voting both in Kansas and Arkansas in 2010. But last week, just days before the case against Betty Gaedtke was to go to trial, Kobach quietly dropped all charges against her. “They saw the writing on the wall and dismissed it,” her attorney said. Gaedtke’s husband earlier pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and paid a $500 fine, saying that he mistakenly voted in Kansas by advance ballot while in the midst of moving to Arkansas. Is this the crackdown on voter fraud that state lawmakers imagined when they granted Kobach prosecutorial powers? – Phillip Brownlee