While giving him two more weeks to comply, a federal judge let Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach know that she would brook no further delays in carrying out her order to restore 18,000 Kansas residents to the voter rolls. In a harshly worded order Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson rejected Kobach’s claim that compliance with the court’s May 17 order would cause voter confusion and lead to “irreparable harm.” Kobach did not return a call seeking comment. Robinson’s latest ruling came in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and the League of Women Voters of Kansas on behalf of several individual plaintiffs challenging Kansas’ policy of requiring people who register to vote at DMV offices to provide proof of citizenship.
Her earlier order found that the requirement violated the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), commonly known as the “motor-voter” law, which requires “only the minimum amount of information” to determine voter eligibility for federal elections.
The order gave Kobach two weeks to restore the voting rights of 18,000 Kansas residents who had been kicked off the voter rolls. Kobach, arguing the administrative burden of compliance in that time frame would cause irreparable harm, urged a delay pending an appeal to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.