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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will officially have the power to prosecute voter fraud starting Wednesday.

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The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday they won't hear a lawsuit that looked to add proof of citizenship requirements to federal registration forms in both Kansas and Arizona.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says his office would immediately begin to prepare election fraud prosecutions if Governor Sam Brownback signs a bill giving him the power to prosecute.

Kobach has sought that authority since taking office in 2011.

The state House approved the bill 67-55, and sent the bill to the governor.

The secretary of state is currently Kansas' chief elections official, but must refer cases to county and federal prosecutors to pursue criminal charges.

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The House has approved a bill that would give Kansas' secretary of state the power to prosecute election fraud.

The chamber's 67-55 vote Thursday sends the measure to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has sought prosecutorial authority on election fraud cases since taking office in 2011. He has also authored state laws requiring voters to present photo ID.

The bill would also stiffen penalties for election fraud crimes and allow organizations to reward voters with gifts worth less than $3.

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Currently, the children of illegal immigrants are allowed to pay in-state tuition at Kansas community colleges and universities - if they meet certain criteria. But some lawmakers want to change that.

A House committee took testimony Tuesday on a plan to revoke the in-state tuition, which is currently used by about 650 students in Kansas.

Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach says the current law is unfair to legal immigrants, who may not be eligible for in-state tuition.

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Secretary of State Kris Kobach says Kansas Supreme Court decisions in school funding and death penalty cases show the justices are not as competent as federal judges.

Kobach was among the witnesses testifying on Thursday during a House Judiciary Committee hearing in favor of changing how state Supreme Court justices are chosen.

Kobach says the state's current system has produced what he called "mediocre results." He believes federal judges are better qualified for their jobs.

Defenders of the current system say it's worked well for decades.

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The forum covered several issues several times as the SAFE (Secure and Fair Elections) law, sponsored by Kobach, was attacked and defended. The law, which requires proof of citizenship for new Kansas voters, has left 22,000 would be registrants -- not so.

"And now we have 22,000 people, who are citizens, in limbo. They don't have cell phones and smart phones," said Democrat Jean Schodorf

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says about 500 voters living overseas will be told they may have to re-vote in the U.S. Senate race after ballots were mailed to them Saturday.

On Friday, Kobach directed counties to begin mailing overseas ballots to meet the federal deadline.

The ballots will have no Democratic candidate in the U.S. Senate race after the Kansas Supreme Court ordered Kobach to honor nominee Chad Taylor's request to remove his name, since he dropped out of the race.

The Kansas Supreme Court still considering whether Democrat Chad Taylor should be removed from the ballot as a candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Taylor's attorney told the justices yesterday that Secretary of State Kris Kobach did not have the authority to reject Taylor's request to withdraw from the race.

The justices had pointed questions for both sides, but they had more questions for Kobach's attorney.

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The Kansas Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether Democrat nominee Chad Taylor should be removed from race for U.S Senate in the November elections.

Taylor dropped out of the race this month, and he's trying to get his name off the ballot. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says Taylor's name should stay on because he did not say he was unfit for the position when he withdrew.

University of Kansas Political Science Professor Burdett Loomis calls the situation "extraordinarily unusual."

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