Appeals court calls for Kobach investigation

A grand jury could look into registration issues

The Kansas Court of Appeals says a citizen grand jury should be convened to investigate whether Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach intentionally failed to register voters who had tried unsuccessfully to register to vote through the state's online system. 

Friday's ruling concerns a petition first filed in 2016 by Steven House, a current Democratic candidate for the Kansas House. The Douglas County District Court twice rejected the petition, saying there wasn't enough evidence to support Davis' allegations that Kobach or his subordinates didn't process online voter registrations and prevented qualified voters from casting their ballots. 

The appeals court ordered the Douglas County District Court to summon the grand jury. 

Kansas is one of six states that allow citizens to request grand juries through petitions. 

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