ACLU seeks $51,646 as damages in Kobach contempt ruling

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FILE – In this Jan. 4, 2018 file photo, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach speaks in Topeka, Kan. An expert witness for Secretary Kobach in a trial over Kansas’ voter registration law has endured intense questioning over his estimation that 18,000 non citizens have voted in Kansas. Jesse Richman, an associate professor of political science at Old Dominion, testified Tuesday, March 13, 2018 in the sixth day of a federal lawsuit challenging the law, which requires people to show documentation when registering to vote. (AP Photo/John Hanna File)

WICHITA — 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.

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