by the Associated Press

A grand jury process to investigate former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will begin next week in Douglas County.

District Court Judge Kay Huff said she anticipates selecting the jury and calling the first witness on Tuesday.

The grand jury is being called after a successful citizen petition drive. Steven Davis, who initiated the petition drive, alleged that Kobach’s office failed to properly register several voters in 2016 who applied for registration while renewing their driver’s licenses or filling out an online form.

Kobach’s office has called Davis’ allegations “patently false.” The office said the allegations concern a brief period in 2016 when online registration systems were malfunctioning. They said election officials quickly made sure the affected residents were able to vote.