The Latest: Judge says ruling soon on Dodge City poll site
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the legal battle over the Kansas town of Dodge City having only one polling site (all times local):
A federal judge has not ruled on whether a western Kansas county elections official must open a second polling site for Dodge City after moving the only site to a new location outside of town.
U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree had a hearing Thursday on a request from the American Civil Liberties Union for an order directing Ford County Clerk Deborah Cox to open both the old and new polling sites Tuesday.
The ACLU contends the move makes it more difficult for the city’s mostly Hispanic population to vote.
Cox testified that she moved the polling place because of a planned construction project at the old site that has yet to start. The two sites are nearly 4 miles apart.
Crabtree said he would rule soon.
The Kansas county clerk who moved the only polling site in Dodge City to a facility outside the city limits more than a mile from the nearest bus stop says it is not possible to add a second polling place for the upcoming election.
A federal judge will hear arguments Thursday on the American Civil Liberties Union’s request for an order forcing Ford County Clerk Deborah Cox to open a place in town where people can vote on Nov. 6.
The lawsuit contends moving the only polling site outside the city makes it more difficult for the mostly Hispanic population to vote because they tend to have less access to transportation and flexible work schedules. Cox says she had to move the polling site because of construction.