By Katie Moore, Topeka Capital-Journal
Plaintiffs in a voting access case filed a motion Friday to dismiss their lawsuit after Ford County Clerk Debbie Cox earlier this week announced the opening of two polling sites in Dodge City.
The federal lawsuit, brought in October, challenged Cox’s maintenance of a single voting location and her decision to move it outside city limits for the November midterm election.
The ACLU, representing LULAC Kansas and Alejandro Rangel-Lopez, alleged that voters, particularly the Hispanic electorate, were being disenfranchised.
Dodge City is one of the state’s few majority-minority cities, with more than half of its population identifying as Hispanic.
“We are so proud of what our clients accomplished,” said Lauren Bonds, interim executive director of the ACLU of Kansas. “They fought for greater voting access, they bravely persevered and won. Everyone wins when all citizens have equal voting access.”