Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has successfully obtained another conviction in his ongoing effort to curb voter fraud in the state.
According to a news release, Michael L. Hannum received the maximum fines for violation of Kansas voting laws. Hannum pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of advance voting unlawful acts and two counts of voting without being qualified. He was fined a total of $5,500 for the misdemeanor violations.
Kobach stated that he hopes the “extremely heavy” fines will prevent others from double voting in the upcoming election cycle.
“In Kansas we are doing everything possible to prevent and deter voter fraud,” Kobach stated. “As a result, we have the most secure elections in the country.”
Of the more than 100 cases of suspected double voting Kobach says he has identified, Hannum is only the third person to be convicted. Kobach is the only secretary of state with the authority to prosecute voter fraud.