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Kobach Back in Court This Week to Defend Kansas Voting Policies

Secretary Kobach speaking to reporters in August. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will head to court again this week in a lawsuit over the state’s voter registration policies. At issue are thousands of people who registered to vote at the DMV but did not provide a proof-of-citizenship document required under Kansas law.

After a federal court ruling earlier this year, Kobach said those Kansas DMV voters could only cast ballots in federal races. Their votes in state races would not be counted.

Shawnee County Judge Larry Hendricks put Kobach’s rule on hold in late July, just days before the primary election. Hendricks said those Kansans would be allowed to vote in all races.

This week, Hendricks will consider if his temporary injunction blocking the rule should be extended. Whatever he decides will likely affect voting in the fall election.

KPR's Stephen Koranda reports from the statehouse in Topeka.

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