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Judge holds Kobach in contempt in voter registration lawsuit Featured
June 21 2018, 06:49 | Irvin Gilbert
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in his office in Topeka Kansas
Kobach is one of the USA' most prominent voter fraud crusaders along with a adviser to President Donald Trump on the problem.
A federal judge has held Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in contempt for failing to fully register and notify eligible voters he'd blocked.
Robinson's ruling asked Kobach to pay for the attorney's fees for the litigation of the motion.
Plaintiffs argued that Kobach could have assuaged confusion after the 2016 order by updating the state elections manual to reflect that people did not need to prove their citizenship when they went to register at the DMV.
"He admitted several times during the hearing that he understood the Court's order meant he was to treat those covered by the preliminary injunction the same as all other registered voters, which included sending the standard postcard upon registration", Robinson said in Wednesday'sorder.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach talks concerning the Kansas voter ID legislation that he compelled to combat everything he considers to become uncontrolled voter fraud in the United States in his workplace in Topeka, Kansas, U.S., on May 1 2, 2016.
Robinson also wrote of evidence that Kobach "willfully failed to make sure that the county election officials were clearly and effectively trained to enforce" the voting rules enforced by the injunction. Kansas law in 2014 required people to bring proof of citizenship when they registered to vote, and state officials said Stricker failed to do so when he registered at the Department of Motor Vehicles that year.
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Kobach assured the judge he will send postcards, which hold information about polling stations, to affected voters but they were never sent.
"Kansans have come to expect these postcards to confirm their registration status, and Defendant ensured the Court on the record that they had been sent prior to the 2016 general election", Robinson wrote.
Kobach is considered a GOP frontrunner despite his constant court battles involving voter fraud and strict voting requirements that he has pushed while in office as the state's top election official.
Kobach was previously fined $1,000 by the court past year after Robinson had concluded he had tried to mislead the court about documents related to a 2016 meeting with Trump. The lawsuit Fish v. Kobach is still pending.
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"I believe that Kobach did what he could do within the office", Esau said.
Dale Ho, the ACLU's top voting rights lawyer who fought the case against Kobach said the Kansas governor candidate talks a big game but when it comes to abiding by law, his actions speak louder than words.