Survey says Kansas election officials reject voter fraud claims

ACLU at odds with Kris Kobach
Survey says Kansas election officials reject voter fraud claims
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An American Civil Liberties Union survey has found that county-level election officials in Kansas reject the notion that they’re concerned about voter fraud.

The report released Friday contradicts claims of widespread voter fraud by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Election officials in 85 of the state’s 105 counties partially or completed responded. Sixty-six of them said voter fraud was “not a problem at all.” None deemed it a “significant problem.”

The ACLU says the report examined whether county election policies are reducing voter turnout and hurting democracy in Kansas. It found voter turnout was higher in counties offering better early voting. The report also detected a relationship between the number of voters assigned to a polling site and the voter turnout rate.

Kobach championed a Kansas law that had required proof of citizenship to register to vote. In June, a federal judge struck it down.

Kobach was the GOP nominee in the Kansas gubernatorial race, but lost the November election to Democrat Laura Kelly.

Kobach hasn’t said what he plans to do after he leaves office.