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Kansas Voters Report Callers Telling Them They Need Proof Of Home Ownership To Vote


He wouldn't say how many complaints the office received, but noted that the bulk came in over the weekend, with another six or so coming in yesterday.

"We haven't seen this for quite a while," Young said. In 2000, reports of calls telling voters they needed their voter registration cards to vote lead to stricter voting intimidation laws in the state.

No ID or proof of home ownership is required at Kansas polls. First time voters, however, must bring an ID or a utility bill as proof of address.

The state Democratic party, which asked the attorney general (also a Dem) for the investigation, blamed the calls on Republicans, saying the calls came from "as yet unnamed Republican organization."

The state Republican party dismissed the notion and called into question whether the calls were even made.

"This is a desperate attempt by a desperate party," a spokeswoman, Ashley McMillan, told TPM. "We haven't seen any proof of a call like this going out."

McMillan added that if the call was real, it wasn't coming from the GOP.

Young admitted the office doesn't have a recording of the call yet, saying investigators are trying to track one down.

A spokesman for Secretary of State Chris Biggs, a Democrat who is running for election, said the calls were made by someone "who knows what they're doing," noting that messages haven't been left on answering machines.

A spokesman for Biggs' opponent, Kris Kobach -- who has been banging the drum of voter fraud -- said he hadn't heard the reports.

"This is evidence we need Kris Kobach in office," said the spokesman, Ben Davis, adding that such action is "deplorable."