Voting Rights Groups Sue Kansas a Second Time Over Voter Suppression Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On June 2, voting rights groups filed a federal lawsuit against the Kansas secretary of state and attorney general after the state’s Republican Legislature overrode the governor’s veto to enact a new voter suppression law last month. The complaint, filed by the Campaign Legal Center on behalf of VoteAmerica and Voter Participation Center, claims that a provision attacking voter education and advocacy violates the First and 14th Amendments as well as the dormant Commerce Clause. This lawsuit comes a day after other voting rights organizations challenged related voter suppression laws in state court.

The plaintiffs allege that House Bill 2332, which bans nonpartisan, out-of-state organizations from sending materials (including mail-in ballot applications encouraging Kansans to vote), targets constitutionally protected core political speech and freedom of association by prohibiting the groups’ ability to advocate for and encourage Kansans to vote. 

Read the complaint here.

Learn more about the case here.