Kobach seeks to mandate audits of Kansas election results

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TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Secretary of State Kris Kobach is proposing to have Kansas counties audit voting results immediately after the state’s primary and general elections.

Kobach outlined a measure Monday that would require all counties to manually audit 1 percent of their election returns, starting with state elections in 2018. The Kansas House Elections Committee agreed to sponsor his proposal as a bill.

The Republican secretary of state said the measure is a response to calls for his office to allow private parties to audit election equipment. He said state law doesn’t currently allow it.

A Wichita State University mathematician sued the Sedgwick County election commissioner to gain access to voting machine tapes from November 2014 to research what she believes are statistical anomalies. A trial is set for March 22.

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