How much does Kobach’s voter fraud obsession cost?

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

A week ago last Wednesday, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach told the House Elections Committee that the number of Kansans who have registered to vote but who have not yet provided satisfactory proof of citizenship is now 12,485.

Rep. Tom Sawyer, a Wichita Democrat, asked Kobach how many illegal votes his office had uncovered. Kobach said his staff had identified 20 who registered to vote before their proof of citizenship documentation was completed. Of those, five actually voted. Sawyer contin-ued, “So over several elections, we’d have millions of votes cast and you found five (illegal) voters.”

In the past several elections, therefore, according to Kobach’s own numbers, there have been a total of five inappropriate votes cast. But today, there are still almost 12,500 Kansans who have registered but who are not allowed to vote.

What I would like to know is how much taxpayer money has gone into uncovering five illegal votes while blocking 12,500 others from voting? Also, how many personnel hours in Kobach’s office and around the state have gone into his effort to uncover five illegal votes?

James Shanteau
1208 Meadowlark Circle

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