Federal Court Orders Kansas to Register Thousands of Voters Who Have Been Blocked From Doing So


MAY 17, 2016

CONTACT: Micah Kubic, Executive Director, ACLU of Kansas, 816-863-6665, mkubic@aclukansas.org 

OVERLAND PARK, KS – A federal court has ordered Kansas to register thousands of eligible voters who have been blocked from doing so. The state must begin registering them effective June 1.

The ruling stems from an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit filed on behalf of Kansans who have tried to register to vote through the Kansas Department of Motor Vehicles and have illegally been forced to provide additional documentation of citizenship. Thousands of people have been blocked from registering because of this bureaucratic hurdle. The ACLU was in court last month seeking the preliminary injunction to allow them to register so they can participate in the August primary and November general election.

Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, said of today’s order:

“This ruling lifts the barrier that the state illegally imposed on Kansans who were trying to register to vote. It means thousands of people who could have been sidelined during the upcoming primary and general election will be able to participate.”

The ACLU is representing the League of Women Voters of Kansas and individual plaintiffs. Co-counsel are the ACLU of Kansas and Dechert LLP.

The ruling is at: https://www.aclu.org/legal-document/fish-v-kobach-preliminary-injunction-memorandum-and-order

This statement is at: https://www.aclu.org/news/federal-court-orders-kansas-register-thousands-voters-who-have-been-blocked-doing-so

More information is at: https://www.aclu.org/cases/fish-v-kobach


News Coverage

“Judge says Kansas can’t require citizenship proof to vote”, Miami Herald, 05/17/2016

“Judge rules Kobach must register 18,000 suspended Kansas voters”, Wichita Eagle, 05/17/2016

“Judge: No citizenship proof required when registering to vote”, KRMG, 05/17/2016

“U.S. District Court judge orders Kobach to register thousands of Kansans”, Topeka Capital-Journal, 05/17/2016

WMTW News 8 at 5am, 6am

“Editorial: Robinson’s ruling defends voting rights in Kansas”, Topeka Capital-Journal, 05/22/2016