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Thu Jun 16, 2016, 08:46 PM

Judge Reiterates Kansas AG Kobach Unable to Encumber Voting

Source: Associated Press

Judge Reiterates Kansas AG Kobach Unable to Encumber Voting

By ROXANA HEGEMAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS WICHITA, Kan. Jun 16, 2016, 7:23 PM ET

A judge is standing by his earlier ruling that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has no legal right to bar people from casting ballots in local and state elections because they registered to vote using a federal form that did not require proof of citizenship.

In a ruling made public Thursday, Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis rejected Kobach's request that he reconsider an earlier decision. Theis said in January that the right to vote under state law is not tied to the method of registration.

Two weeks after that decision, Brian Newby, the new executive director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, added a documentary citizenship requirement on the national voter registration form for residents of Kansas, Georgia and Alabama. Newby unilaterally changed the national form without approval from the agency's commissioners.

That change prompted Kobach to ask the judge to reconsider his ruling.

But Theis said in this week's ruling that if challenging "overreaching governmental conduct" could be circumvented because a law or regulation is later changed, then there could "never be any efficient or practical check on the abuse of power by a governmental official." He also noted that Newby's action has been challenged by a coalition of voting rights groups.

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Thu Jun 16, 2016, 08:56 PM

1. May Judge Theis' Decision Be The Beginning Of The End Of Brownback-Istan

And the return of representative democracy to Kansas.

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