Shawnee County Judge Suspends Kobach Voter ID Rule For Upcoming Elections

A county judge has ruled that Kansas must count potentially thousands of votes in state and local races from people who’ve registered without providing citizenship documents.

Shawnee County District Judge Larry Hendricks issued a temporary order Friday to block a rule from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. The order came four days before Tuesday’s primary election.

The rule applies to people registering to vote at state motor vehicle offices without documenting their U.S. citizenship as required by a 2013 state law.

A federal judge ruled in May that federal law allowed them to vote in federal races, but Kobach’s rule said their votes in state and local contests would not be counted.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of three prospective voters earlier this month, a week after a state board allowed Kobach to impose the rule temporarily that was supposed to be in place through the November 8 general election. The five person state committee approved the rule without a public hearing.

Tuesday is primary day in the state of Kansas. Early voting ends Monday at noon at your county’s local designated polling station which is typically your county courthouse. Contact your local county clerk’s office for more information on voting and polling stations.

There are no primary elections for local races in Mitchell County. However, there are primaries in state and national races for voters in our listening area. You can enter “candidates” in the search box right here on for a listing of candidates in all local races in our listening area.

We will share results of Tuesday’s election results as we receive them right here on our website and during our newscasts on Wednesday.