The ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging Kansas’ dual voter registration system, charging it violates the Kansas Constitution and state law. The dual system prevents qualified Kansas voters from voting in state and local elections due solely to their method of registration.
On February 18, 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of the League of Women Voters, and individual Kansans. The lawsuit, Fish v. Kobach, was filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City. It seeks an order requiring Kansas to immediately register thousands of Kansans who sought to register to vote at a DMV office, but who were denied due to their supposed failure to comply with the state’s citizenship documentation requirements. The case went to trial in March of 2018. A ruling is expected in June 2018.
On November 21, 2013, lawyers from the ACLU of Kansas and the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project sued Secretary Kobach in state court arguing that the dual voter registration system violates the Kansas constitution’s provisions on equal protection and separation of powers and Kansas statutes providing for a single voter registration list and a uniform ballot.