Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office on Tuesday mistakenly filed an unfinished document in the case over the state’s voter registration law. An all-caps note in the document declares a legal point is “PROBABLY NOT WORTH ARGUING.” Another section was left blank. There is a declaration that “it has been illegal in Kansas to register to vote for years.” The office later corrected the document, which was signed by Garrett Roe, a deputy assistant secretary of state.
“It appears that a member of the legal team originally filed a draft copy instead of the final version of the document,” said Moriah Day, Kobach’s spokesman. “A corrected copy has since been filed. I have no additional comment on the draft that was mistakenly filed.”
Last month, Kobach defended himself from the American Civil Liberties Union in a trial over a law that requires people to show a proof of citizenship document when they register to vote. Roe and chief legal counsel Sue Becker assisted Kobach and were criticized by the judge and observers for their routine failures to introduce evidence properly.