A federal judge has given Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach until Friday to give the American Civil Liberties Union two documents outlining proposed changes to a federal voting law. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson said Wednesday that she privately reviewed the documents, including the one Kobach was photographed taking into a meeting with then-President-elect Donald Trump in November. Robinson said she found no error in a magistrate’s April 17 ruling requiring Kobach to produce the redacted documents as part of a lawsuit challenging the state’s voter registration requirements. The ACLU is representing some Kansas voters and the League of Women Voters in that lawsuit.
An Associated Press photo of the November meeting showed Kobach holding a paper outlining homeland security issues, including proposed changes to the National Voter Registration Act. The other document the ACLU is seeking from Kobach is an internal office document about his proposed changes to that voting law.
Kobach’s spokeswoman, Samantha Poetter, said their office is still reviewing the order. The ACLU said such discovery orders are typically not appealed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Robinson issued a preliminary injunction last year that required Kobach to register for federal elections people who registered at motor vehicle offices, regardless of whether they provided proof of citizenship.