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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he has secured his first conviction of a non-citizen for voting illegally.

In a news release issued Wednesday, Kobach says that Victor David Garcia Bebek, a native of Peru, pleaded guilty last week in Sedgwick County District Court to three misdemeanor charges of voting illegally.

Kobach says Bebek, before obtaining U.S. citizenship, cast votes in a 2012 special election, the 2012 general election and the 2014 general election. Desiree Taliaferro, a spokeswoman for Kobach, says Bebek was naturalized in February.

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Early voting is underway in Sedgwick County for Kansas’ 4th Congressional District special election, and with it comes the introduction of new voting machines.

This story originally aired on March 28, 2017

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says citizens will still have an option to vote either by paper ballot or electronically.

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Advanced voting continues in Sedgwick County, with early voting centers opening this week. Voters will determine which candidate will fill the seat in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District race.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says early voting centers will be open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday before next week’s special election.

Kobach Cites 115 Potential Non-Citizen Voters

Feb 7, 2017
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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says his office has the names of 115 non-citizens who illegally registered or tried to register to vote in Kansas, but he won’t be able to prosecute many of them.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach filed a ninth case of reported voter fraud this week, criminally charging a man who allegedly voted illegally in Kansas and Texas.

A criminal complaint filed in Shawnee County District Court charges Preston G. Christensen with three misdemeanor counts of improper voting between Oct. 19, 2012, and Nov. 6, 2012, in Shawnee County, Kansas.

Little is known about Christensen, as Kobach’s filing doesn’t offer any personal details about the voter. Efforts to find Christensen in Kansas and Texas were unsuccessful.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is asking the Legislature to give him authority to bar potentially tens of thousands of people from casting votes in state or local races.

The Lawrence Journal World reported the Republican asked a Senate committee Tuesday for legislation giving him power to hold "bifurcated" elections in Kansas.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach continues with his prosecution of alleged voter fraud. Peggy Lowe with the Kansas News Service reports that he’s expected to file a ninth case today.

A spokeswoman from Kobach’s office says the new voter fraud case is being filed in Shawnee County in Topeka.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach asked a federal court Thursday to order the state to release to him a list of about 21,000 people who have temporary driver's licenses in an apparent effort to bolster his claims that noncitizens are voting.

The move comes in a civil lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging a Kansas law requiring documentary proof of citizenship to register to vote.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he supports President-elect Donald Trump’s claim that millions of illegal votes were cast in the election.

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The Sedgwick County Board of Canvassers met Thursday to approve that votes on provisional ballots from the Nov. 8 general election be counted.

A provisional ballot is used to record a vote when there are questions about a voter's eligibility. Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says there were around 5,000 provisional ballots from the general election that were yet to be counted at the beginning of the meeting. The Board of Canvassers voted unanimously to allow those votes to be tabulated.

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