Kobach lost: What’s that mean for voting in Kansas?
A federal high court recently ruled that individuals do not need to show proof of citizenship in order to register to vote. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach plans to appeal. An article by High Plains Public Radio laid out the repercussions of this decision and consulted KU Law professor Lumen Mulligan.
In January, one of six men vying for Kobach’s job will take office and replace him as defendant. Since the appeal likely won’t be done, that person will have the power to continue or kill it.
The lone Democrat in the race wants to kill it. The five Republicans are divided on the matter, but most want to press forward and turn the case in part, or wholly, over to the attorney general’s office.
Remember, Kobach acts as his own lawyer. Lumen Mulligan, a law professor at the University of Kansas, says handing off to the attorney general would be a return to the norm.
“That office is staffed up with lawyers,” he said. “They have an appellate division.”