By Hunter Woodall, The Kansas City Star
A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to pay more than $26,000 in legal fees to the American Civil Liberties Union and a related legal team stemming from the fight over Kansas’ proof-of-citizenship voting law.
Robinson held Kobach in contempt earlier this year and ordered him to pay plaintiff attorneys’ fees in the case, which centered on whether Kansas can require voters to provide a birth certificate or other proof of citizenship when they register to vote.
Kobach’s spokeswoman did not immediately respond with a comment to the order Wednesday.
ACLU attorney Dale Ho said in an email: “It’s unfortunate, but fees like this are part of the price when you break the law.”
“Once again, Kansas taxpayers are left holding the bag for Secretary Kobach’s misdeeds.”