GOP candidate for Kansas House seat charged with election fraud

GOP candidate for Kansas House seat charged with election fraud
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A GOP candidate running for a seat in the Kansas House of Representatives was arrested and charged with election fraud on Thursday.

Adam Thomas is being charged in the Johnson County District Court with election perjury, according to The Kansas City Star. The charge against him alleges that he submitted a falsified document to election officials in May.

The court documents do not provide additional details, according to the Star report.

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State Rep. Vic Miller (D) called for the investigation into Thomas this summer, claiming he lied about where he lives in official documents to run for office, the Star reported.

Miller told the Star that he is glad “that the Johnson County district attorney has more political courage than apparently our secretary of State who claims to be so much against election fraud.”

A spokeswoman for Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is running for Kansas governor and often speaks against voter fraud, declined to comment to the Star. The spokeswoman also said the secretary of state would not comment on his role in the arrest. 

A board that includes the state's lieutenant governor, attorney general and secretary of state are expected to meet Monday to discuss whether to remove Thomas from the November ballot, the newspaper reported.

“We are obviously disappointed with this news, but trust the legal system in place to investigate these serious charges," Kansas House Speaker Ron Ryckman (R) said in a statement.