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A conservative firebrand promoting President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud oversees a Kansas election system that threw out at least three times as many ballots as any similarly sized state did, fueling concerns about massive voter suppression should its practices become the national standard.

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The Kansas branch of the American Civil Liberties Union is seeking information about communication between state attorney general Derek Schmidt and the federal government over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is also vice chairing a presidential commission on elections, was due in federal court Thursday morning to give a deposition in an ongoing voter registration case.

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A federal appeals court ruling will force Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to answer questions under oath about plans to change U.S. election law.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday denied the Kansas Republican's request for an emergency stay of his deposition by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Kobach's office declined to comment on the decision.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is trying to avoid testifying under oath in front on the American Civil Liberties Union. He was ordered to do so as part of a sentence in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas says wording on a state website might leave voters confused about whether they’re eligible to cast a ballot. The group is asking Secretary of State Kris Kobach to change the site.

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A state office that oversees attorneys will investigate a complaint against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Topeka resident Keri Strahler filed the complaint and made public the response from the office of the disciplinary administrator.

“The allegations contained in your letter will be investigated,” said the response signed by a staff member in the office, which is part of the judicial branch.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach requested voter data from all 50 states as part of his work on a presidential commission on voter fraud. In response, the ACLU of Kansas is considering its legal options, including a possible lawsuit.

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The ACLU of Kansas is opening a new office in Wichita.

Activist Djuan Wash will be the ACLU’s new Smart Justice field organizer. He says his work will be part of a national effort to reform the criminal justice system.

“Part of the Kansas Smart Justice agenda is to expand the use of diversion, reduce sentences for non-violent drug possession, improve re-entry services, and reform civil asset forfeiture laws," he says.

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A civil rights group is seeking sanctions against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach for hiding documents about his plans to change federal voting law amid a lawsuit challenging the state's proof-of-citizenship voter registration law.

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