A federal judge late Thursday decided not to issue a temporary restraining order in the Kansas voter registration dispute.
Attorney Paul Davis said in a release that U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia based his decision on assurances from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach that the process to remove names from the state’s incomplete voter registration list would take days, weeks or months.
Davis filed a lawsuit Wednesday to stop Kobach from implementing a 90-day limit for keeping incomplete voter registration forms. The rule technically takes effect Friday. A hearing will be scheduled in the case.
The number of incomplete registrations in the state has reached about 36,000, and most are lacking proof-of-citizenship documents such as a birth certificate or passport.
Kobach has said that discarding the incomplete voter registrations doesn't remove names from the voter rolls, since those applicants aren't yet registered.