Judge to rule if some Kansas votes count in November

Secretary of State Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas judge did not immediately decide whether to permanently force Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to count all ballots cast in local and state elections by voters who registered at motor vehicle offices or used a federal form without providing proof of citizenship.

Shawnee County District Judge Larry Hendricks heard arguments Wednesday on whether to issue a permanent injunction blocking Kobach from implementing a dual registration system in which some votes are counted only for federal races.

Hendricks’ earlier order temporarily blocked Kansas from discarding those votes in the August Kansas primary. The judge told The Associated Press after the hearing that his earlier order still remains in effect for the November election.

The judge did not indicate from the bench when he might rule.

 The American Civil Liberties union urged the Kansas court Wednesday to issue order before the November election. The ACLU says federal cases are still ongoing over voters who registered at motor vehicle offices or with a federal form.

Federal courts have issued temporary orders requiring the state to register those voters for federal elections. Shawnee County District Judge Larry Hendricks is hearing arguments on whether to also count votes cast in state and local races by those voters.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach has argued that there is no violation of ballot secrecy by giving them provisional ballots that count only the federal votes.

Shawnee County District Judge Larry Hendricks will hear arguments Wednesday on whether to temporarily block Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach from throwing out the votes in local and state elections cast by people who fall into those categories.

The judge had earlier ordered the state to count them for the state’s August primary, and he must now rule on whether to extend that order for the November general election as well.

 

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