Vote fraud in Kansas

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Kansas has experienced voter fraud problems since 1854 -- seven years before becoming a state in 1861. Below is a list of recent past incidents of vote fraud in Kansas.


Aug 8: 37% of voters shouldn't be on Fort Riley list

Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh was quoted by the Kansas City Star that "we threw a party, and nobody came" when no voters showed up to vote in Fort Riley for the August primary. Analysis by the Kansas Meadowlark indicated that 37% of those not voting should have been removed the voting list long ago.[1]

In January 2008, the Meadowlark published a study showing the list of registered voters in Kansas may have as many as 190,000 phantom voters on it[2].

May 19: Gov. Kathleen Sebelius vetoes photo ID bill

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius ended the debate for this legislative cycle about the need for a photo ID to vote in Kansas, which would have started in 2010[3]. For the last few years Kansas Republicans pushed for various measures to prevent voter fraud, while Kansas Democrats argued any additional requirements could hurt voter turnout.[4]

The Kansas Meadowlark blog commented this veto allowed a prominent Kansas City Star staff member to vote in either Kansas or Missouri, since this person was registered to vote in both states[5].

The Kansas Press does not understand a photo id would be a good "check and balance" on the poor data quality of the voter registration list in Kansas.


Dec 20: Democrats accuse Republicans of "caging"

The Blue Tide Rising blog said State GOP Chair Kris Kobach admits to coordinated voter supression [6]. This blog posting triggered a critical editorial of Kobach by Ottawa Hearld editor Jeanny Sharp, a Democrat. Executive director of the Kansas Republican Party, Christian Morgan, said there was no voter caging and the GOP only wanted to cage voters' views on specific issues.[7].


Nov 7: Complaints from general election

U.S. Attorney spokesman, Jim Cross, said their office received 10 to 20 voting-related complaints. Some of the complaints may be federal issues if there were deliberate voter fraud, but the issues about voting machine problems would be referred to Sedgwick County election commissioner[8].

July 20: Kay O'Connor complains about voter lists

State Senator Kay O'Connor, a candidate for Secretary of State, complained about voter registration lists in Kansas. O'Connor said voter registration lists "are a mess" and her campaign promised to clean them up[9].

Apr 7: Fraud allegations in St. Marys

Poll watchers in St. Marys, about 25 miles west of Topeka, alleged fradulent votes had been cast in the April 4 city elections by 13 voters. A complaint was filed on April 7, 2006 with the Pottawatomie County Commission.

Pottawatomie County Sheriff Greg Riat found no proof of voting fraud and there was no need of any prosecutions. Brad Bryant from the Secretary of State's Office said the poll watchers did the right thing in reporting suspected voting fraud. [10]


Voting in both Kansas and Missouri

A Kansas City Star investigation revealed "some cast two ballots in a single election" and the names of three voters registered in both Kansas and Missouri, who voted on both sides of the state line.[11].


From the Kansas City Star:

The history of Missourians voting in Kansas dates to 1854. Hundreds of "settlers" moved west across the border to stuff ballot boxes, threaten judges and rig the election to have Kansas enter the union as a slave state. Free Staters rebelled, touching off years of violence.[12]


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