Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was remarkably cavalier about 12,000 Kansans (including about 2,400 in Sedgwick County) who registered to vote but were put “in suspense” because they may not have provided proof of citizenship. “I don’t think it’s a major problem,” Kobach said. “This is a pretty tiny percentage of 1.8 million voters. It’s a small number of people.” But when Kobach sold the Legislature on enacting new voting laws, he treated voter fraud as an epidemic, even though it is minuscule in comparison. According to records before Kobach took office in 2011, there had been only seven cases of alleged fraud referred to local, state or federal authorities in five years, and only one of those cases was prosecuted.
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