Group gathers in Wichita to protest commission's voter fraud claims

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WICHITA, Kan. A national election integrity commission, co-chaired by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach met in New Hampshire Tuesday.

In a recent column, Kobach said it appeared voter fraud may have played a role in that state's 2016 election results.

A group in Kansas rallied to protest the panel's accusation of voter fraud. That group of state lawmakers and activists gathered in Wichita's Old Town Tuesday afternoon to rally against Kobach's mission on election integrity.

Many who spoke with Eyewitness News accuse Republican leaders of trying to silence the votes of some American citizens.

"Some of us learned that it's easy to vote in other states. New voters are registered easily and happily. And that's not the case in Kansas," says Democracy advocate Jane Byrnes, among the group gathered in Wichita Tuesday.

At the Old Town rally, people stepped up to speak against Kobach's way of handing the state's voting process.

The group worries the same barriers they've experienced trying to vote in Kansas could spread nationwide with Kobach's position on the national Election Integrity Commission. But they're stepping up toward changing policy at home first.

'We have to stand together and fight against this. This is wrong. It's wrong and we should be making voting easier for people, not harder," says Kansas Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau (D) Wichita.

Kobach Tuesday continued to defend his claims of voter fraud while on the panel in New Hampshire. But he also clarified his claims about the state, acknowledging that New Hampshire allows college students and others in similar situations living in the state to vote in the state without getting driver's licenses.