Kansas Secretary Of State Found In Contempt Of Court

Kansas Secretary Of State Found In Contempt Of Court

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.

Kansas' DPOC law was put into effect by Kobach in 2013, which was later put on hold by Robinson's preliminary injunction in 2016 after ALCU and several voters effected by this law filed a suit claiming DPOC violated a 1993 federal law called the National Voter Registration Act, which required motor vehicle agencies to allow people to register to vote with minimal information provided.

Judge Julie A. Robinson cited Mr. Kobach's "history of noncompliance and disrespect for the court's decisions" in slapping him with a civil contempt citation.

"The judge found that Kris Kobach disobeyed the court's orders by failing to provide registered voters with consistent information, that he willfully failed to ensure that county elections officials were properly trained", Dale Ho, director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project, said in a statement.

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

Kobach spokesman Moriah Day said the secretary of state's office would be appealing Robinson's decision.

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Robinson's ruling seethed at Kobach directly who had peculiarly chosen to represent himself in court and embarrassed himself when Judge Robinson had to explain basic legal procedure to him during the trial.

"The term "register" is not ambiguous, nor should there have been any question that these voters were to be treated just like any other registered voter", Robinson said in her order. Secretary Kobach likes to talk about the rule of law. Instead, Kobach "deflected blame for his failure to comply onto county officials, and onto his own staff, some of whom are not licensed attorneys", the judge said.

After Robinson reasoned he strove to deceive the court on records regarding a 2016 interview Kobach was fined $ 1000 final year. The notices include vital information on the voting precinct, party affiliation, polling location and the voter's districts for various offices.

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

The contempt hearing came after seven days of testimony in the ACLU's challenge of the state's voter registration law. He also has the support of the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., who campaigned for Kobach late past year. But after the order, Kobach was required to send affected voters a new notice to let them know they could disregard any previous notices telling them they weren't fully registered and that they could look up their polling place online.

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