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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach found in contempt of court in voter eligibility case

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach attends the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity at the White House on July 19, 2017.
(Tribune News Service)

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach violated her order that some voters were eligible to cast a ballot while a suit challenging a state law requiring proof of U.S. citizenship worked its way through the courts.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson found Kobach in contempt of court Wednesday. She didn’t impose a fine but ordered Kobach to pay for damages, including attorney fees.

The ACLU sought the contempt ruling after Kobach refused to update the state’s election guide or ensure that county officials sent postcards to residents who registered at driver’s license offices without providing citizenship documents.

Robinson said in March that she had made it clear that voters covered by a May 2016 injunction she imposed were not to be treated differently.

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