Kansas may be on hook for more costs in voting rights case

WICHITA — The ruling that struck down the state’s proof-of-citizenship voter registration law leaves Kansas potentially on the hook to pay attorney’s fees and costs for the winning side.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson granted Monday a joint request asking her to hold off awarding all fees and related expenses until appeals have been exhausted.

The parties contend a final amount will depend on the time spent on the appeal. It also notes attorneys are still verifying Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s compliance with the latest ruling.

This is separate from the more than $50,000 the American Civil Liberties Union seeks in attorney fees and other damages as punishment for Kobach violating an earlier order to fully register some voters. The judge has not yet ruled on the amount for contempt.


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