Johnson County man among three charged for alleged election fraud by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has leveraged his newly-awarded prosecutorial powers for a second time in the last six months, having charged three people with crimes related to election misconduct on Friday.

Among those charged is Shawnee resident Michael Hannum, accused by Kobach’s office of double-voting in the November 6, 2012 general election. Hannum also faces charges of voting without being properly registered and making false statements to get an advance ballot.

Calls to a number listed for Hannum in court records were not picked up and did not go to an answering machine. Johnson County court records do not indicate whether he has an attorney.

Two other men in Ellis and Sedgwick counties have been charged with election-related crimes.

The charges contain allegations that have not been tested in court.

A charging document for Hannum’s case carries few specifics. It alleges that he made a false statement on a poll book affidavit, voted more than once in the 2012 election, was not a registered voter and made a false statement on an advance voting ballot. 

The charges against Hannum were signed by Eric Rucker, an assistant to Kobach who previously served as a chief of staff to former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline.

This is the second wave of criminal charges leveled by Kobach’s office since he received prosecutorial powers under Kansas law. Last year, he charged five people with election-related offenses. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that one person has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge, while the other cases remain pending.

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