With less than a month until the 2018 primaries, the question of whether Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is in compliance with a federal court order to fix its voter registration practices is still up for debate. Kansas can no longer ask would-be voters to dig up documents like passports or birth certificates after a court ruled that unconstitutional and in violation of federal election law last month. Judge Julie Robinson ordered Kobach’s office to make sure that tens of thousands of previously blocked voters are now on the active voter rolls.
Any outdated notices about Kansans needing to supply citizenship papers also had to come down from official websites to prevent public confusion.
Some of the steps were supposed to be completed in 2016. The fact that they weren’t came out during a heated hearing in March and landed Kobach in contempt of court.