Attorney general will handle appeal in Kansas voting case

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July 8, 2018 - 11:00 PM

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will not represent himself during the appeal of a voting rights case in which he was ordered to undergo more legal education and was twice found in contempt of court.

Instead, the attorney general’s office will handle the case. Solicitor General Toby Crouse filed Kansas’ appeal this past week of a federal judge’s ruling that the state cannot require documentary proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote. The judge found such laws violate the constitutional right to vote in a major setback for Kobach, a Republican who is running for governor. Kobach has long championed restrictive voting laws and led President Donald Trump’s now-defunct voter fraud commission.

Micah Kubic, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas, said the change in legal representation won’t have much of an effect on the appeal because “even a good lawyer with a bad case still has a bad case.” The ACLU had filed one of the lawsuits challenging the proof-of-citizenship law.

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