Kansas AG says he’ll enforce new election law after county DA pledged not to prosecute

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Monday he will prosecute any election crimes in Douglas County that the district attorney refuses to act on. Last week Douglas County District Attorney Suzanne Valdez, a Democrat, announced that she would not file charges under newly passed election laws that, among other provisions, make it illegal to “give the appearance of being an election official.” Schmidt, a Republican and candidate for governor, urged law enforcement agencies in the county to refer their cases to him. Katie Bernard, The Kansas City Star. 

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