Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office has registered two suspended voters suing him in federal court and contends that the case should now be thrown out. The lawsuit, filed by a pair of Douglas County residents whose voter registrations were suspended, challenges the state’s requirement that people show proof of citizenship in order to vote. But the case should be dismissed because the plaintiffs have been registered to vote, Kobach’s office said in a motion filed in federal court Tuesday. Kobach’s office registered them after the lawsuit was brought in late September. “Although Mr. Cromwell and Mr. Keener did not present proof of citizenship to the relevant county election officer to complete their registrations, Kansas law provides that the Secretary of State and the county election officers may obtain proof of citizenship on behalf of applicants for voter registration,” Kobach’s attorney, Garrett Roe, stated in a brief.
Once a month, incomplete registrations are checked against records held by the state’s Department of Vital Statistics, resulting in verification of the plaintiffs’ citizenship and completion of their voter registration, Roe said.
Cody Keener, 22, had his citizenship verified Oct. 6 and Alder Cromwell, 18, had his citizenship verified Tuesday, according to the records Kobach’s office filed with the court.
Their attorneys see this as an attempt to avoid judicial scrutiny.