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Posted: Monday, May 6, 2013 12:00 am

Lawmakers in Topeka should not make the Secretary of State a prosecutor.

Kris Kobach, who holds that office, wants the power to put fraudulent voters behind bars.

As bright as he is, Kobach’s behavior shows he should not be trusted with such power.

He has let himself be diverted from his duties to write laws cracking down on undocumented immigrants in other states.

He has formed a political action committee (PAC) to influence Kansas elections that he was responsible for regulating.

 He has overreached his position to help write the new Kansas gun law that attorney generals in Topeka and Washington believe challenges the U.S. Constitution.

He has presided over one of the worst election-day snafus in Sedgwick County in recent years.

 If voter fraud were a frightening phenomenon in Kansas, we might need more prosecutors to pursue it. It is not.

The Kansas ethics commission, which investigates and finds fault in cases of alleged violations of campaign laws by elected officials, does not have prosecutorial powers.

It refers findings of criminal violations to the Attorney General’s office.

There is no reason to give a loose cannon like Kris Kobach the power to prosecute the misdeeds of ordinary voters when the Legislature’s own ethics panel does not have the power to prosecute its errant members.

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