Haskell university leader accused of disregarding free speech rights. Faculty just gave him a no-confidence vote.

Faculty at Haskell Indian Nations University have formally expressed their displeasure with the school’s president, who is also facing criticism from a national campus free speech organization that says his administration violated the First Amendment rights of students and staff.

On April 1, the Haskell Faculty Senate delivered a unanimous vote of no confidence against university president Ronald Graham, The Indian Leader reported.

Kansas officials rack up $4M bill in defense of Kris Kobach’s baseless voter fraud law

The American Civil Liberties Union and other attorneys want to be repaid more than $4 million for their five-year legal battle with Kansas officials who fought to restrict voter registration under the false pretense of widespread voter fraud.

The proposed price tag adds a punctuation mark to the prolonged fight over former Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s signature law, which required new voters to prove their citizenship before registering to vote.

Young Kansans could prove to be a powerful voting bloc on Election Day

For Will Hanson, a junior at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, it’s surprising how many people his age don’t understand the importance of voting.

This year, Hanson, 21, has been working with the college’s new Young Democrats club to register other students to vote. Nov. 3 will be his first time voting in a presidential election.

“I think that more young people are going to vote in this election than ever before,” he said. “Well, I hope that is the case.”

Opinion: Kris Kobach’s voter registration mess may cost Kansas millions. Bad law, or bad lawyer?

Mark Johnson considers former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach a friend. And he agrees with illegal immigration foe Kobach that ineligible voters shouldn’t be able to register and vote.

But their disagreement on what, if anything, needs to be done about it is a dispute that Johnson estimates will end up costing Kansas taxpayers into the millions of dollars.

Hawley insider had seat at table in Secretary of State inquiry that cleared senator

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include comments from Kelli Ford, spokeswoman for Sen. Josh Hawley.

A top lieutenant and campaign donor to Josh Hawley was allowed to sit in on interviews conducted as part of the investigation into whether Hawley illegally used government resources to support his successful bid for U.S. Senate.

Ford County attorney says ACLU plan for voting in Dodge City would cause mass confusion

Attorneys staked out battle lines Monday in an animated conference call over polling access in Dodge City.

The American Civil Liberties Union pleaded with U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree to schedule a hearing as soon as possible in the organization’s lawsuit over a decision by Ford County Clerk Deborah Cox to move the only polling place for Dodge City outside of city limits.

Here’s why some Kansas counties will accept dozens of provisional ballots and others won’t

Unaffiliated voters are creating a new twist in tallying the votes of Kansas' primary election.

On August 13, dozens of Kansas counties began canvassing nearly 9,000 provisional ballots from the primary election earlier this month. Some of the more populous counties, like Johnson County, will not certify the provisional ballots to the total vote count until August 14.

The Johnson County Board of Canvassers recommended more than 1,400 of the provisional ballots should be added to the statewide totals. The board also recommended just under 900 should not count.

Kris Kobach’s office delays compliance with court order, questions the meaning of “immediately”

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach had failed to comply with a federal court decision handed down on Monday. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson permanently blocks the enforcement of his signature voter suppression law, which requires proof of citizenship from voters when they register. Robinson found that the measure runs afoul of the National Voter Registration Act as well as the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.

This System Catches Vote Fraud and the Wrath of Critics

"Crosscheck is a computer system designed to detect fraud by finding matches in voter registration lists shared by dozens of states and thereby detecting suspected double voters.

But experts warn that Kobach could be laying the groundwork for voter suppression by using the presidential panel as a vehicle to push for the creation of a national version of the Crosscheck program. Critics fear that could lead to the widespread purging of eligible voters from the rolls because of false positive matches.


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