Kansas Vote Certified Amid Debate on Voter ID Law

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Kansas officials have certified the results of this month’s general election amid a debate over a law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

The Board of Canvassers met briefly Thursday and unanimously approved figures provided by county election officials. The board consists of Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Gov. Sam Brownback, who sent his chief counsel.

Kobach defended the state’s photo ID law, noting that 838 Kansans cast provisional ballots because they lacked the proper ID at the polls Nov. 6. That’s out of 1.18 million voters who cast ballots.

Critics note that Kobach pushed the law as a way to combat election fraud. Kobach acknowledged Thursday that his office has received no reports of potential election fraud yet this year.