Kansas election officials cast doubt Thursday on Republican Kris Kobach’s claim to have evidence of possible voter fraud, and the candidate for secretary of state faced an ethics complaint filed by a Democratic Party staffer.


Kansas election officials cast doubt Thursday on Republican Kris Kobach’s claim to have evidence of possible voter fraud, and the candidate for secretary of state faced an ethics complaint filed by a Democratic Party staffer.
Kobach, a Kansas City-area law professor and former state GOP chairman, has made election fraud his biggest issue in trying to oust Democratic incumbent Chris Biggs, who says Kobach exaggerates the potential threat.
“It’s clear that the Biggs campaign is trying to distract people away from the real issue of voter fraud,” Kobach said.
During a news conference Thursday, Kobach said his campaign had discovered a possible example of a vote being cast in the name of a dead man in Sedgwick County during the August primary. Kobach also cited a report by KSBH-TV in Kansas City that covered a potentially similar case in Johnson County.
But officials in those two counties said both ballots were cast by living voters who were properly registered.
Kobach said the state’s voter registration rolls include hundreds of dead people. He cited a report this week by KSHB-TV that almost 2,000 names on Kansas’ rolls matched a list of deaths compiled by the federal Social Security Administration.