‘LOL’ comment to haunt official

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November 1, 2018 - 11:12 AM

In this Monday, October 22, 2018, file photo, Ford County Democratic Party chairman Johnny Dunlap speaks about the party's get-out-the-vote efforts during a meeting of volunteers in Dodge City, Kansas. (Jonathan Shorman/The Wichita Eagle via AP File)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas county clerk who moved the only polling site in the historic Wild West town of Dodge City to a facility outside the city limits more than a mile from the nearest bus stop says it is not possible to add a second polling site for the upcoming election.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree will hear arguments today on a suit from the American Civil Liberties Union whether to force Ford County Clerk Deborah Cox to open another polling site in town for the midterm election.

The group says Cox refused for weeks to talk about improving the polling conditions prior to the lawsuit. During a telephone conference earlier this week, an ACLU lawyer told the judge that Cox forwarded one of their letters to the Kansas secretary of state’s office, with the notation “LOL.” Cox says the polling location had to be moved because of planned construction.

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