Watch: Secretary Kobach To Helm Second Meeting Of Election Panel

Sep 12, 2017

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is leading the second meeting of President Trump’s election integrity commission in New Hampshire Tuesday.

Watch a live stream of the meeting below. The story continues after the video.

Kobach says the commission’s research into possible voter fraud has the potential to appear in lawsuits over Kansas voter registration policies.

“It’s quite possible," Kobach says. "One of the issues in the main lawsuit we’re fighting in the U.S. District Court in the district of Kansas is, how significant is the problem of non-citizens registering in the state of Kansas?”

Kobach pushed the state’s voting rules -- including requiring documentary proof of citizenship for registration -- as a way to prevent illegal votes.

Examples of potential voter fraud could give Kobach a leg-up in a legal fight over Kansas voting laws. But the top Democrat in the Kansas House, Jim Ward, is skeptical that there’s evidence to produce.

“Every time he’s presented stuff, when serious people have looked at it in an independent way, it’s been shown to be quite flawed,” Ward says.

Kobach’s critics contend fraud is rare and Kansas policies have made it too hard to vote.

Stephen Koranda is Statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio, a partner in the Kansas News Service. Follow him on Twitter @KPRKoranda.