TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he will continue advising federal officials on election fraud issues after President Donald Trump dissolved a presidential commission.
Kobach said Wednesday that Trump’s decision to disband his election integrity commission was a “tactical change” and a “handoff” of its investigation to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Kobach was the commission’s vice chairman.
Kobach said he expects to work closely with the department and the White House on election fraud issues going forward and to travel to Washington when necessary. He’s said he’s been in regular telephone contact with the Trump administration.
The conservative Republican secretary of state has championed strict voter identification laws in Kansas that have sparked multiple lawsuits.
This week, Kobach has filed two more criminal complaints charging individuals with crimes involving voter fraud.
Que J. Fulmer is charged with two counts of voting without being qualified, one count of voting more than once, and one count of advance voting unlawful acts during the 2016 General Election. His actions involve double voting in both Hamilton County, Kansas and the state of Colorado in the same election. Bailey Ann McCaughey is charged with one count of election perjury and one count of voting more than once. Her actions involve double voting in both Finney County, Kansas and the state of Colorado in the 2016 election.
Since receiving prosecutorial authority in July 2015, Secretary Kobach has obtained nine convictions of individuals of crimes involving voter fraud. There are three other cases pending, for a total of fourteen cases ending in convictions or pending.