ACLU wants Kris Kobach to pay more than 50K in legal fees

Marc LaVoie
May 08, 2018 - 6:54 am

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a federal judge to order Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to pay $51,646.16 in attorney fees and other damages as punishment for violating a court order.

The ACLU detailed its costs in a court filing Monday. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson found Kobach in contempt of court last month for violating her order in a lawsuit challenging a Kansas law requiring proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote.

Robinson didn't impose a fine at the time but ordered Kobach to pay for damages, including attorney fees.

The ACLU sought the contempt ruling after Kobach refused to update the state's election guide or ensure that county officials sent postcards to residents who registered at driver licensing offices without providing citizenship documents.

Kobach is among the leading Republican candidates for Kansas governor this fall. Polling data placed Kobach and current Gov. Jeff Colyer with a few percentage points of each other.

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