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Federal court rejects Kansas’ appeal, says Kobach-crafted law disenfranchised 30,000

Kansas City Star, April 29, 2020

April 29, 2020

Federal court rejects Kansas’ appeal, says Kobach-crafted law disenfranchised 30,000

Rick Hasen, an election law expert the University of California, Irvine School of Law, said the Kansas law has been difficult to defend in court because evidence shows it “literally disenfranchised tens of thousands of people.” He also said Kobach’s well-publicized stumbles at the district court trial, which led to the judge ordering him to complete a legal remediation course, could hamper the state’s ability to mount an appeal. “This law was Kobach’s baby and he’s no longer in office. This would be a terrible record to take up to try to get a reversal because Kobach litigated this case so poorly,” Hasen said in a post on his Election Law Blog.