RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State
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STATE OF KANSAS
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
(785) 296-4564
www.kssos.org


NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
Thursday, November 19, 2009

Contact Information
Stephanie Meyer, Public Information Officer
Office of the Secretary of State
(785) 296-8571
stephanie@kssos.org

THORNBURGH APPLAUDS COUNTIES FOR WORK
TO IDENTIFY FRAUDULENT VOTER

TOPEKA, KS – Today, Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh praised two county election officials for their efforts to identify a double voter.


Earlier this year, Nemaha County Clerk Mary Kay Schultejans and Shawnee County Election Commissioner Elizabeth Ensley identified a citizen who appeared to have registered and voted in both counties during the 2004 General Election. The individual had not been discovered through previous database checks due to an irregularity in the reporting of a social security number.


The evidence was forwarded to the Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office and Nemaha County Attorney Brad Lippert, who pursued the misdemeanor charges. The voter recently pled guilty in Nemaha District Court and was sentenced to one year of probation.


“This is a perfect example of the great work our election officials do every day. Through their efforts, the residents of our state can be certain that Kansas elections are among the most uniform, fair, and secure in the nation. Commissioner Ensley and County Clerk Schultejans are to be commended for their diligence and commitment to the integrity of the voting process,” said Thornburgh.


The statewide voter registration database is compiled based upon information provided by county election offices. This information is routinely checked against existing records, as well as data from the Division of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Corrections, and the Office of Vital Statistics. The database has also been compared to voter registration information in a number of neighboring states.

 
 
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