Sanctions against Kobach settled

State News

January 30, 2019 - 11:18 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ attorney general says his office has negotiated an agreement for the secretary of state’s office to pay $20,000 over former Secretary Kris Kobach’s conduct in a federal voting-rights lawsuit.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Tuesday that the payment will offset attorney fees and expenses incurred by the American Civil Liberties Union’s clients. The ACLU challenged a Kansas law requiring new voters to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship when registering.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson put the law on hold and found Kobach in contempt in April 2018, saying he didn’t see that counties properly registered voters.

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