Everyone is focused on the on-going Trump tragicomedy in Washington. But that’s not the only show in town. Starting tomorrow morning there is a critical trial in Kansas. Kris Kobach is likely the most influential and dangerous voter suppression promoter in the country. He’s Kansas Secretary of State. He was also the head of President Trump’s sham voter fraud commission. In this trial he’s being forced to defend the state’s new law which requires people to provide documentary proof of citizenship in order to register to vote. The result will have national implications. Tierney Sneed helms our voting rights and democracy coverage at TPM and we’ve sent her to Kansas City to cover the trial from the court. She’ll be publishing live updates here in addition to feature stories over the course of the week.
Tierney previewed the trial here last week in her round up of the ‘experts’ Kobach is using to defend his voter fraud claims in court. Also do not miss our weekly Sum Up of critical developments on the voting rights and democracy front here.