A federal decide mentioned he was troubled by a Kansas county clerk’s response to a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) requesting a further polling web site for Election Day, The Kansas City Star reported Thursday.
Ford County Clerk Debbie Cox final week reportedly forwarded the letter, asking for a second polling station in Dodge Metropolis, to a state official with the comment “LOL.”
The ACLU had filed a lawsuit to power Cox to reopen town’s earlier polling web site, which was in a central location, after the county moved its solely polling place exterior metropolis limits and greater than a mile from the closest bus cease.
The ACLU argued that the transfer disproportionately impacts Hispanic voters, who reportedly make up about 60 p.c of the city’s inhabitants.
U.S. District Courtroom Decide Daniel Crabtree dominated on Thursday that forcing Cox to open a further polling location within the metropolis simply days earlier than the Nov. 6 elections wouldn’t be within the public’s curiosity.
“For the court docket to insert itself into this course of on the eve of the election — by ordering the reopening of the Civic Middle both as the one polling location or a second polling location — seemingly would create extra voter confusion than it would treatment,” Crabtree mentioned of the transfer, in accordance with The Kansas Metropolis Star.
The lawsuit will reportedly proceed after the Nov. 6 election.