Kansas election official wrote 'LOL' in response to ACLU request for second polling site
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A federal judge said he was troubled by a Kansas county clerk’s reaction to a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) requesting an additional polling site for Election Day, The Kansas City Star reported Thursday.

Ford County Clerk Debbie Cox last week reportedly forwarded the letter, asking for a second polling station in Dodge City, to a state official with the remark “LOL.”

The ACLU had filed a lawsuit to force Cox to reopen the city’s previous polling site, which was in a central location, after the county moved its only polling place outside city limits and more than a mile from the nearest bus stop.


The ACLU argued that the move disproportionately affects Hispanic voters, who reportedly make up about 60 percent of the town's population.

U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Crabtree ruled on Thursday that forcing Cox to open an additional polling location in the city just days before the Nov. 6 elections would not be in the public’s interest.

“For the court to insert itself into this process on the eve of the election — by ordering the reopening of the Civic Center either as the only polling location or a second polling location — likely would create more voter confusion than it might cure,” Crabtree said of the move, according to The Kansas City Star.

The lawsuit will reportedly continue after the Nov. 6 election.