(WICHITA, Kan.) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach faced tough questioning during a visit to Wichita on Thursday.
Kobach defended the state's voter ID law passed by the legislature last year at a meeting at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center.
Many people at the meeting accused Kobach and Republican lawmakers of complicating the voting process to supress voter turnout among minorities, the poor and elderly.
Kobach said that's not the case. He insisted the law was necessary to prevent voter fraud.
There were 221 reported cases of voter fraud in the entire state between 1997 and 2010.
The law requires voters to show identification at the polls and beginning in January, proof of citizenship when registering to vote.