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The New Jim Crow

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Kris Kobach, as we recently observed, has been ordered to stop enforcing his racist and illegal vote suppression law. His response:

The elections director for Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach told county clerks in a conference call Tuesday to continue enforcing a proof of citizenship law that a federal judge ruled unconstitutional.

Bryan Caskey told the clerks not to make any changes until they receive written instruction otherwise. Danedri Herbert, a spokeswoman for Kobach, said the office needs time to fully review the court’s 118-page ruling before understanding it completely.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson made clear in her Monday ruling the documentary proof of citizenship requirement can’t be enforced.

“Defendant’s well-documented history of avoiding this court’s orders, and providing confusing notices and information on the state’s websites in conjunction with this court’s rulings, warrant specific compliance measures,” Robinson wrote.

She ordered Kobach to “instruct all state and county elections officers … that voter registration applicants need not provide DPOC in order to be registered to vote, and need not provide any additional information in order to complete their voter registration applications.”

Herbert said it wasn’t clear how soon those directions should be made.

“I think ‘immediately’ is kind of open to interpretation,” she said.

The famous Republican commitment to the rule of law and legal textualism manifests itself again!

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