Man pleads guilty to voting in two states

Published: May. 3, 2017 at 3:02 PM CDT
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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach announced Wednesday a man has pleaded guilty to voter fraud in a case brought in Shawnee County District Court.

Kobach's office says in the 2012 general election, Preston Glen Christensen "willfully voted in both Texas and Kansas."

Christensen plead guilty to one count of voting without being qualified. Kobach's office says this is a class A misdemeanor. Under the plea agreement, Christensen must pay a $1,000 fine and court costs within 30 days.

Kobach's office says the secretary of state has secured $30,000 in fines so far for election-related crimes. This is his nine voter fraud conviction since he gained authority to prosecute voter fraud in July 2015.

"This conviction demonstrates once again how prevalent the crime of double voting is. In Kansas, we are making it clear that people who willfully vote twice will be prosecuted. This is an important part of our effort to make Kansas elections the most secure in the nation."