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Court rules against Kris Kobach in proof of citizenship voting case

President Trump and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach: Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
President Trump and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach: Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

A federal judge struck down Kansas' sweeping proof of citizenship voter registration law on Monday, championed by Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an immigration hardliner who is running for governor and led President Trump's now-disbanded voter fraud commission.

Why it matters: This is a rebuke of Kobach, who helped fuel Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that millions of fraudulent votes had cost him the popular vote in 2016. Kobach, a Republican, claimed that the Kansas policy was intended to curb voter fraud, but his commission failed to provide concrete evidence of it doing so. The court said the law is unconstitutional and violates the National Voter Registration Act.