TOPEKA – Secretary of State Kris Kobach last week commended the Sedgwick County Election Office for its success in locating and removing 141 deceased voters from its voter rolls. Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Bill Gale’s voter database cleanup project used a variety of methods and online databases, both subscription and free, including databases using the Social Security Death Index.
As a result, 141 deceased voters were found and removed from the voter rolls.
The Sedgwick County election office went through the records of every active and inactive voter in Sedgwick County.
Using several tools and databases, they found information that led to the verification of the Social Security numbers and Kansas driver’s licenses of more than 98.75 percent of active voters. Duplicate records were also discovered on the voter rolls, and 66 were merged.
In addition, correct dates of birth were found for 375 individuals whose dates of birth were 1/1/1900 in the system.
Now, not a single active voter is listed without a correct date of birth, and only four inactive voters still have the generic 1/1/1900 listed as their date of birth.
“This is a tremendous initiative by Sedgwick County. Every deceased voter that remains on Kansas’ voter rolls creates the risk of a fraudulent vote being cast,” said Kobach. “The photo ID requirement of the 2011 Secure and Fair Elections Act will make such voter fraud more difficult to commit, but it is important that we take every precaution that we can. I strongly encourage the remaining 104 counties to follow the lead of Sedgwick County to proactively search for and correct discrepancies in voter registrations.”