TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has filed a federal lawsuit to block the release of voters' names to candidates in a tight Kansas House race. Kobach filed his petition in U.S. District Court just hours after Shawnee County District Judge Rebecca Crotty ordered county officials to release the names of voters who cast provisional ballots in this week's election. Crotty ruled in a lawsuit filed by Democratic state Representative Ann Mah of Topeka. Mah trails her Republican opponent by 27 votes and wants to contact voters who cast provisional ballots to help them correct problems, so their ballots will be counted. Kobach contends the disclosure violates federal law and invades voters' privacy. Mah is a vocal Kobach critic.
**this is an update to a story that has been developing throughout the day, 11/09/12. A prior version is archived below.
Kobach: Fight Over Voter List "Not Over"
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says a judge's ruling requiring disclosure isn't the last word on whether Shawnee County election officials must give candidates in a tight Kansas House race a list of voters who cast provisional ballots. Shawnee County District Judge Rebecca Crotty ordered the voter names released Friday just hours after Rep. Ann Mah of Topeka filed a lawsuit to gain access to the names. Mah trails her Republican opponent in the 54th House District by 27 votes out of nearly 11,000 cast. She said she wants to contact the voters and help them correct potential problems so their ballots will count. Kobach wouldn't say specifically how he'll respond, but he told The Associated Press that the dispute, in his words, is "not over."