ACLU seeks to dismiss lawsuit following plans for new Dodge City voting sites

photo by: Associated Press

Voters wait to cast their ballots at the Expo Center in Dodge City on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Media was told to leave shortly after the photo was taken. (Katie Moore/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

WICHITA — The American Civil Liberties Union wants to dismiss a lawsuit it filed against a western Kansas county after the only polling site in Dodge City was moved outside of town before the November election.

The ACLU filed a motion Friday saying dismissing the lawsuit is warranted because Ford County Clerk Debbie Cox plans to open two voting sites in Dodge City for future elections. Cox also said she would add temporary bus stops in front of the polling sites.

The ACLU sued Cox in October, contending that moving the polling site made it more difficult for the city’s majority Hispanic population to vote. Cox said she moved the site because of construction at the traditional polling site at the civic center in the mostly white part of town.

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