Judge finds Kansas official Kobach in contempt of court

Judge finds Kansas official Kobach in contempt of court

Judge finds Kansas official Kobach in contempt of court

Robinson says Kobach, now the Kansas Secretary of State, refused to update language on his office's website which indicated that new voter applicants may not have that right after the November 2016 elections.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach violated a court order that required his office to inform certain people that they were eligible to cast a ballot while a lawsuit challenging a state law requiring proof of US citizenship worked its way through the courts, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

The would-be voters submitted their applications at DMV offices, without providing documentary proof of citizenship, like a birth certificate or passport, as required by the state law Kobach argues Kansas needs to prevent voter fraud.

She ordered that Kobach cover the attorneys fees' of the challengers in the case or the costs of their efforts to bring Kobach in compliance with her order.

"Kansans have come to expect these postcards to confirm their registration status, and Defendant ensured the Court on the record that they had been sent prior to the 2016 general election", Robinson wrote in her order.

Judge Julie Robinson says Kobach flouted her injunction from 2016 that was created to halt enforcement of the state's proof of citizenship law.

The Kansas secretary of state's office did not immediately return a request for comment.

In her ruling, U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson in Kansas City, Kan., referred repeatedly to Kobach as acting "disingenuously".


Kobach was previously ordered to fully register residents who failed to show the required documents when they registered while a legal challenge to the proof-of-citizenship law continues.

Robinson said she did not find it credible that Kobach's office had orally instructed officials to send out the postcards.

In her Wednesday judgment, Robinson claimed Republicans influenced by the ongoing court instance the same in light of her purchase, as the Republicans had not been treated by Kobach.

Kobach was previously fined $1,000 by the court a year ago after Robinson had concluded he had tried to mislead the court about documents related to a 2016 meeting with Trump.

Robinson said she also made clear that Kobach must correct language on websites for the secretary of state to provide clear guidance for those seeking registration information. "They were not, and the fact that he sent a different notice to those voters does not wholly remove the contempt". The ACLU said that only 11 are believed to have actually cast a ballot.

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Dale Ho, the ACLU's top voting rights lawyer who fought the case against Kobach said the Kansas governor candidate talks a big game but when it comes to abiding by law, his actions speak louder than words.

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