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Kansas Judge: All Votes Matter

Kansas Judge: State Must Count All Votes, Not Just Some

A Shawnee County judge has ruled that the state of Kansas must count potentially thousands of votes in state and local races from people who registered to vote without providing U.S. citizenship documents, as required under Kansas law.  Shawnee County District Judge Larry Hendricks issued a temporary order this (FRI) afternoon to block a rule championed by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.  Kobach says there's no time to file an appeal ahead of the election, so he won't.  The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit to block the law from taking effect.  Today's (FRI) hearing comes just four days before Tuesday's primary election.  Without the judge's action, the votes cast by affected Kansans would have only counted in federal races.  Their votes in state and local races would have been discarded.  Now, that won't happen.   


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