Voter Suppression

Judge Permanently Blocks Kris Kobach’s Voter Purging Scheme

SK Ashby
Written by SK Ashby

In other good news, a judge in Kansas has issued a permanent injunction against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's voter purging scheme.

Judge Larry Hendricks handed down the permanent injunction on top of a temporary injunction that blocked Kobach's plans for the current election.

The ruling ensures that Kansas voters who registered at the DMV or by using the federal registration form can vote in local, state and federal elections regardless of whether they provide proof of citizenship. Kobach indicated he would appeal after the election.

“It’s not surprising. Judge Hendricks made clear where he was coming from in the hearings,” Kobach said in a phone call.

Kobach, the father of "Papers Please" anti-immigration law and adviser to GOP nominee Donald Trump, essentially tried to supersede federal law by declaring that voters who registered using federal registration forms were not eligible to vote in local elections.

Kobach should have known that's not how things work, but he is nothing if not arrogant.

Kobach can appeal the ruling, but he's going to be shot down. You can't nullify federal law.